Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Teammates on the Same Path

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Teammates on the Same Path

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With 12 seconds on the clock, Seton-LaSalle's Levi Masua rebounded a missed free throw from Constitution High School's Kimar Williams on the left block. Masua passed it to teammate Dale Clancy, who dribbled up court with the Rebels trailing, 61-59, in the PIAA Class AA championship game on March 22.

Clancy reached the top of the key and tossed a pass to Masua, streaking on the right wing. Masua was open for a 3-pointer with the clock winding down. He rose up for a shot to give Seton-LaSalle its first PIAA boys basketball title since 1988.

The ball came off Masua's hand perfectly, the rotation was there and the arc was on point. It just caught the back of the rim and the rebound fell to Williams, who dribbled the remaining seconds off the clock.

Constitution celebrated. Masua threw his mouthpiece in frustration.

"I was in shock," he said. The shot had felt so good.

Seton-LaSalle finished the season at 29-2, winning the WPIAL title and narrowly missing a PIAA championship. Things had gone so well all season long for the Rebels, which was partly why it was so shocking that Masua's shot rimmed out. It would have been a storybook ending, Clancy to Masua for the buzzer-beating victory, a one-two punch Seton-LaSalle saw a lot of last season.

And now the two will have a chance to continue that one-two punch at the college level. Clancy and Masua will both be freshmen at Pitt- Johnstown this fall and look forward to another four years together, both on and off the court.

"When you talk about the quality of kid, I don't know that you're going to find two better kids," Seton-LaSalle coach Mark "Knobby" Walsh said. "To see them go to the next level and not have to pay for college is a dream come true for them, but a dream come true for us coaches. We feel like we were a small part of that."

Clancy, a 5-foot-8 point guard from Penn Hills, met Masua, a 6- foot-5 forward from Castle Shannon -- though originally born in Sudan -- at lunch one of the first days of their freshman year of high school. It wasn't until late in his senior year, after basketball season was over, that Masua knew he would attend Pitt- Johnstown with Clancy. …

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