Monday, January 7, 2013

Pregame: Seton-La Salle at Wash High

Pregame: Seton-La Salle (3-0, 9-2) at Wash High (4-0, 10-1), 7:15 p.m.

Last game: Wash High cruised to a 61-31 win over Weir (W.Va.) in the Chuckie Mahoney Classic at Burgettstown this past Saturday. Josh Wise had 19 points. It was the Prexies' fourth consecutive win.

Seton-La Salle dropped a 56-52 decision to North Catholic the same day at the Don Graham Classic, which the Trojans hosted. Malik White had 16 points, Levi Masua and Dale Clancy 11 apiece, but the Rebels blew a 41-36 lead that they had entering the fourth quarter.

Up next: The Prexies are off Friday but have a non-section game Saturday: home against Peters Township (4-6).

Seton-La Salle hosts Burgettstown (1-2, 4-7) in Section 4-AA action on Friday.

What to watch: Seton-La Salle likes to run, as evidenced by the fact that the Rebels average a section-best 67.4 points per game. (They're also allowing 44.6, also best in 4-AA.)

Wash High, though, has the athletes to keep up with Seton, perhaps even more athletic players. The Prexies simply just run more offensive sets, though if this turns into a track meet it wouldn't exactly be troublesome for Wash High.

The Rebels might be coming off a loss, but they're a very solid club that has a win on its resume over Class AAA power West Mifflin.

Last year: Wash High tied for third place in Section 5-AAA,  finished 13-10 and lost to Elizabeth Forward in the preliminary round of the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs to Elizabeth Forward.

Seton-La Salle tied for third in Section 3-AA, went 15-9, beat Neshannock (71-25) in the preliminary round and lost to Quaker Valley (70-44), a state semifinalist, in the first round.

Coaches: Wash High is coached by Mark Gaither, Seton-La Salle by Mark Walsh.

Analysis: Seton-La Salle features four junior starters, three averaging around the low double-figures, in White (6-4 F), Masua (6-5 F) and Clancy (5-8 PG).

Like Wash High, the Rebels have plenty of depth. Duties of containing White and Masua down low will fall to Jordan Drew and Rikwon Moore. Drew is a solid defender and, although he's listed at 6-3, plays and looks a lot taller. Moore (6-0) is a physical presence underneath and also plays bigger than his height.

Wash High will need secondary scoring in this one, either from junior guard Billy Edwards or senior swingman Jaylin Kelly. The Prexies can beat bad or mediocre teams with Wise and not much else, but that recipe won't work against a team this good.

My prediction says they will, and the Prexies get a win here.

Guess we'll see, though, right? See you there.


  1. Seton LaSalle might run Wash High off the floor. I have seen both teams and Wash High has decent guards, but their post play is lacking. Seton Lasalle has good shooting guards, a quick lefty point guard, and big men much bigger, skilled, and faster than Washington's big men. This game will be won in the trenches, and Seton Lasalle gets the nod here.

  2. I see it was a close game in favor of Seton. How did Seton win this game?

  3. Clancy did a nice job getting to the hoop ... Wash High didn't get enough secondary scoring ... Every time Wash High made a push, Seton woke up. Several nice responses to runs. Certainly didn't run them off the floor, though. Rematch should be interesting.

  4. Well, you will never blow Wash High out at home.