Seton-La Salle crushes Lancers
Seton-La Salle (71) Vs. Neshannock (25)
Feb 20, 2012
By JOE SAGER
New Castle News
 
BRIDGEVILLE — There is no sympathy in the postseason. You don’t play well, you go home.

That was the case for the Neshannock High boys basketball team on Saturday. The Lancers struggled all afternoon and Seton-La Salle took advantage for an easy 71-25 victory in a WPIAL Class AA preliminary-round game at Chartiers Valley.

Neshannock (11-11) searched to find some offensive rhythm. The Rebels (15-8) made that difficult as they forced multiple turnovers and dominated in rebounding.

“They were good, but we played awful basketball. It looked like, at this point in the season, we weren’t so sold on being in the playoffs,” Neshannock coach John Corey said. “We get out there and we turn the ball over 20 times. We gave up a ton of offensive rebounds. There’s not one positive about this athletic event for the Neshannock High School basketball team, which is sad because so many kids want to be here and so many kids want to participate in this. It looked like the scoreboard indicated we got our tails kicked in every sense of the game. That’s what happens.”

The Lancers began with leading rebounder and second-leading scorer John Sansone on the bench with an ankle injury. He entered the game in the second quarter and finished with a team-high nine points. However, by the time he took the court, Seton-La Salle already had a commanding 19-4 lead.

The Rebels’ defenders did a good job limiting Sansone as well as leading scorer Ernie Burkes. The sophomore, who averaged 21.2 points per game, was held to seven.

“Kevin Hart did a tremendous job on Burkes,” Seton-La Salle coach Mark Walsh said. “When you have a player playing defense like that and then a team plays defense well, it takes so much pressure off your offense.”

In addition to shutting down Burkes, one of Seton-La Salle’s goals was to win the battle on the glass. The Rebels did exactly that and their intensity helped them win loose balls, too.

“Over the last couple weeks, we didn’t do a real good job with that. We lost three of the last four games leading up to this,” Walsh said. “A lot of rebounding is effort. We just had to put forth the effort and you saw that (Saturday).”

Seton-La Salle’s depth gave Neshannock problems as well. The Rebels had three players reach double figures in scoring and two others totaled eight apiece.

“That was one of the keys. We were able to come out and use the depth of our team,” Walsh said. “We don’t really feel we have a player who is way better than everybody else. We have three guys who average in double digits and, when you can do that, that takes some pressure off the other guys. Some of the guys off the bench made some big plays.”

Seton-La Salle held a 30-15 halftime edge. The Rebels blew the game open in the third quarter as they posted 20 points to take a 50-23 advantage. The running-clock mercy rule went into effect in the fourth as Seton-La Salle built its lead to 40 points and the team cruised to the 46-point win.

Matt Onorato led the Rebels with 17 points. Tim Plansinis was next with 15, while Malik White had 10. Dale Clancy and Hart both had eight points for Seton-La Salle, which faces Quaker Valley on Wednesday.

“We’re looking for a great matchup with them,” Walsh said. “We feel like if we can get in there and hang with them for a couple quarters, maybe we have a chance. Our guys are excited.”

(E-mail: ncsports@ncnewsonline.com).

Nightly Roundup
Feb 20, 2012 Nightly Roundups
Game Scoreboard
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT SCORE
Seton-La Salle 15 15 20 21 0 71
Neshannock 4 11 8 2 0 25
Box Scores
NESHANNOCK (25)
Ernie Burkes 3 0-0 7
John Conglose 0 0-0 0
Joe Iorio 1 1-2 3
Anthony Van Eman 0 0-0 0
Connor Jones 0 0-2 0
John Sansone 4 0-0 9
Matt McKinney 2 0-0 5
Ethan McCarthy 0 0-0 0
Matt Seltzer 0 1-2 1
Marcus Giangiuli 0 0-1 0.
Totals: 10 2-7 25.

SETON-LA SALLE (71)
Malik White 5 0-2 10
Tim Plansinis 7 1-2 15
Kevin Hart 4 0-0 8
Dale Clancy 3 2-4 8
Matt Onorato 6 4-4 17
Dom DelGreco 1 0-0 2
Levi Masua 1 0-0 2
Christian DelGreco 1 0-0 3
Eric Marasco 1 0-0 2
Ben Miller 2 0-0 4.
Totals: 31 7-12 71.

NESHANNOCK 4 11 8 2 — 25
SETON-LA SALLE 15 15 20 21 — 71

3-point goals — Neshannock 3 (Burkes 1, Sansone 1, McKinney 1), Seton-La Salle 2 (Onorato 1, C. DelGreco 1).
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