Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

North Allegheny's Dallier Helps Yale Make History

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

North Allegheny's Dallier Helps Yale Make History

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For the first time in 54 years, the Yale men's basketball team is headed to the NCAA tournament, and Sunday night they'll celebrate at the Dallier house in Marshall Township.

Yale snapped Division I's longest drought between appearances by winning the Ivy League title March 5 with a 71-55 victory at Columbia, earning an automatic bid to the tournament, and it wasn't without the help of a local product.

Anthony Dallier, a 6-foot-6 junior guard who played three seasons at North Allegheny High School before leaving for Massachusetts prep school Northfield Mount Hermon, has started the past eight games for the Bulldogs to help them make history.

"Obviously it's been a long time coming, and to finally be able to get it done and be a part of the team that gets it done was just a tremendous feeling," Dallier said earlier this week.

Dallier entered the starting lineup for Yale when senior captain Jack Montague was expelled, his father told the New Haven Register in Connecticut, the circumstances of which remain unclear. Yale's players released a statement Wednesday apologizing for public shows of support for Montague as the story looms over an historic run for the basketball team. But Dallier has his own story, one that has played out as planned for him and is still somewhat surreal for his family. A high-scoring star his junior year at North Allegheny, Dallier made the Post-Gazette's prestigious Fabulous Five team and led the Tigers to a 20-4 record. After that, he decided transferring to a prep school - which allowed him a fifth year before college - would better prepare him for academics and athletics at the next level.

"It's been awesome," said Dallier, who has had the chance to study economics in London and play basketball in China. "Obviously it takes a lot of hard work on and off the court, a lot of time- management skills, but I think going to a place like Northfield Mount Hermon for a couple years to help me transition into college - especially the Ivy League - was really helpful for me."

Dallier hasn't always played a major role for Yale, and averaged just shy of 14 minutes per game before becoming a starter. Since then, he has averaged 32 minutes and scored in double figures five times. But his impact isn't always seen in a box score.

"He has really come into his own and he looks like the player we thought we recruited," said Yale coach James Jones, in his 17th season. "He struggled a little bit, I think, because the minutes he played was part of it and was just getting his confidence back. …

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