By: Jon Weir
The Seton LaSalle boys basketball team kicked off their season last weekend with a win over OLSH at the Keystone Oaks tip off tournament.
Last year the team suffered a hard loss to Lincoln Park at the buzzer in the Class 3A quarterfinals at North Allegheny. Lincoln Park went on to become the WPIAL and state runner up. The Seton LaSalle basketball team hopes to have a more successful season this year.
When asked about the upcoming season, senior Matt Banbury said “We have been working very hard in practice and are hoping to have a better season this year”
The team returns this year with 4 starters: Matt Banbury, George Mike IV, Nick Deanes, Jakob Richardson, and a new transfer student from Chartiers Valley high school Kaleb Krebs, who is a valuable addition to the team and helped Seton secure their first victory against OLSH with 11 points.
Senior Kaleb Krebs is enjoying his place in the Seton LaSalle basketball program, saying “The players and coaching staff have been very positive.”
Under head coach Mark Walsh and his assistant coaches, the team expects to outperform their previous season.
“We are going all the way to the WPIAL finals” says senior George Mike IV.
In addition to the 5 starters, the varsity team also includes senior Lionel Deanes, junior Trevor O’Donnell, and sophomores Michael Bigley, Dylan Preston, Jake Verner, Cole Walsh and Jon Weir.
The team recently played Keystone Oaks in the championship game of the Keystone Oaks tip off tournament and suffered a disappointing loss by 10 points.
However, as senior Krebs is known to say, the team is “staying positive” and has not let the loss affect their performance.
They have since gotten 2 wins against South Park and Washington.
The team plays again December 22nd at 7:30 pm against Avonworth at Avonworth high school and hopes for a large audience.