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Constitution . . . 2014 PIAA Class AA State Champs!

   On March 22, at Hershey's Giant Center, Constitution beat Seton La Salle, 61-59, to capture its second state title in three years (2012 at Class A level). The Generals received 19 points and 14 rebounds from Ahmad Gilbert, and 14 points and five assists from Kimar Williams. Akeem King contested a last-second, right-wing trey, thus assuring the victory for coach Rob Moore's squad.
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here for game pics and here for before/after pics. Starters below, along with other players. Selected shots and website report at bottom of page.


Ahmad Gilbert


Floyd Preito


Kimar Williams


Akeem King


Raheem Liggins


Chad
Fulton


Haneef
Vaughn


Lincoln
Kpokuyou


Isaiah
Jordan


Tymir
Watson


Anthony
Satchell


Nasir
Randolph


Khalif
Kroma


Kevin
|Dukes

The title-game boxscore . . .

Constitution 61, Seton La Salle 59
CONSTITUTION
FG FT R A P Pts 3's B S
Ahmad Gilbert 7-16 3-4 14 0 3 19 2-5 1 2
Floyd Preito 1-8 0-0 2 0 3 2 0-3 0 1
Kimar Williams 5-11 4-5 3 5 1 14 0-1 0 1
Akeem King 1-4 3-5 2 2 2 5 0-1 0 1
Raheem Liggins 3-7 1-5 3 0 1 7 0-0 0 0
Chad Fulton 4-6 0-0 9 0 3 8 0-0 1 0
Haneef Vaughn 1-3 0-0 2 1 3 4 0-0 0 2
Lincoln Kpokuyou 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 2 0-0 0 0
Anthony Satchell 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0
  Totals 22-56 15-24 35 9 17 61 2-10 2 7
Team Rebounds: 3. Turnovers: 7.              
SETON LA SALLE
FG FT R A P Pts 3's B S
Malik White 2-4 2-3 11 1 5 6 0-0 1 0
Christian Del Greco 2-8 0-0 1 2 3 4 0-0 0 1
Dale Clancy 4-15 6-12 3 3 3 16 2-6 1 1
Levi Masua 7-10 3-3 11 1 3 19 2-4 1 1
Ryan Norkus 4-10 4-5 9 1 3 12 0-2 0 0
David Boehme 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0-0 0 0
Cletus Helton 1-4 0-0 1 1 1 2 0-0 0 0
  Totals 20-51 15-23 36 9 19 59 4-12 3 3
Team Rebounds: 1. Turnovers:12.              
                 
Constitution 10 17 16 18

-- 61

     
Seton La Salle 9 15 19 16

-- 59

     
  Officials: James Racchini, Gregory Sipos, Douglas Steve.

The Season's Results (28-5) . . .

NON-LEAGUE RESULT   LEAGUE RESULT   PL PLAYOFFS RESULT   STATES RESULT
10-2     8-2     4-1     5-0  
West Catholic W, 72-37   King W, 65-49   Freire W, 69-49   Columbia W, 61-45
Howard (DE) W, 76-42   MC&S W, 62-54   Palumbo W, 75-58   Mid Valley W, 67-52
Wings Acad. (NY) W, 68-67   Imhotep W, 63-53   Del-Val W, 79-75   Holy Cross W, 72-62
Pinnacle (AZ) W, 58-45   Phila. Elec. W, 80-69   Phila. Elec. W, 69-65   Elmer L. Meyers W, 55-44
Mater Dei (CA) L, 71-37   Frankford W, 86-52   King L, 46-44   Seton La Salle W, 61-59
Lone Peak (UT) L, 62-50   Frankford W, 62-49            
Valor Christian (CO) W, 67-64   King L, 64-40            
Sankofa W, 76-53   Imhotep L, 41-40  

CITY TITLE

RESULT      
Milford Acad, (MD) W, 67-66   MC&S W, 59-56  

West Catholic

W, 68-49       
Elmer L. Myers W, 73-47   Phila. Elec. W, 60-49            
Salesianum (DE) W, 62-61                  
Patterson (MD) W, 63-56                  

Season Scoring . . .

No. Name Yr NL PL *PP SP TOT
21 Ahmad Gilbert Jr. 190 171 73 85 519
22 Kimar Williams Jr. 129 104 90 79 402
11 Floyd Preito Sr. 98 83 71 27 279
4 Raheem Liggins Sr. 80 76 30 30 216
1 Chad Fulton Jr. 61 55 37 29 182
10 Akeem King Jr. 64 34 31 27 156
12 Haneef Vaughn Jr. 45 43 23 18 129
13 Lincoln Kpokuyou Sr. 43 40 30 10 123
15 Anthony Satchell So. 26 6 2 11 45
0 Nasir Randolph So. 10 0 5 0 15
5 Tymir Watson Jr. 4 4 6 0 14
20 Kevin Dukes Sr. 4 1 4 0 9
3 Isaiah Jordan Sr. 7 0 2 0 9
23 Khalif Kroma So. 7 0 0 0 7
Totals   768 617 404 316 2,105
*-includes City Title
Non-League; Public League; Public Playoffs; State Playoffs

Selected Photos . . .

Ahmad Gilbert secures a loose ball.

Akeem King (L) and Floyd Preito form a trap.

Haneef Vaughn explodes past a defender.

Seton La Salle's last shot does not succeed . . .

Rob Moore breaks it down as his daughter, Cassidy, age 2, goes the cute route.

Ted's Website Report . . .

MARCH 22
PIAA CLASS A PLAYOFF, FINAL
Constitution 61, Seton La Salle 59
(At Hershey's Giant Center)
  One minute, an unexpected three-point shot, from WAY deep, splashed down through the net and everyone exclaimed some variation of, "Oh, my goodness!" The trey was launched by inside player Levi Masua from almost in front of Seton's bench and it created a 59-59 tie with 1:03 remaining. Almost exactly a minute later, there was another surprise. Seton's most dangerous player, a frisky lefthanded guard named Dale Clancy, had the ball out front with his team down by one. Almost everybody knew he'd shoot, right? Wrong. Clancy whipped a pass to the right wing and into the hands of -- you got it -- Levi Masua. He was much closer to the arc this time -- a step behind it, with jr. G Akeem King leaping right along with him -- and as the ball soared toward the basket, it did have a might-find-cotton look. The Generals, however, were not about to be introduced to lifelong heartache. The ball dinged against the rim (I won't say "clanged" because it did come close), Constitution's subs, coaches and cheerleaders exploded onto the floor and the celebration lasted a mighty long time. Generals hysteria! Before we get back to, ahem, general stuff, major props to Constitution's student fans. The school brought them here in four buses (I passed two on the turnpike; they were going slowly, I wasn't speeding -- wink) and they provided energized, game-long support. Also, Tom Davidson, the principal, was especially proud that a security guard mentioned how well the team behaved. Very nice! In the first half, the Generals were not completely in sync. They missed some should-gave-gone-in shots while also not offering in-tight passes that should have been made. I'm not saying guys were flat-out selfish, but occasionally there were times when players seemed to be thinking, "Hey, I need two points right now." There were a few strong defensive moments and jr. G Kimar Williams had the best. He forced a 5-second call in the hardest way possible, stalking the guy as he dribbled and dribbled in one direction in an attempt to get away. Vintage! At the end of three, the score was 43-43. The Generals came out onto the court a shade early and sr. PF-C Raheem Liggins had an animated conversation with jr. G-F Ahmad Gilbert. Gilbert followed his own miss for a bucket to make it 45-43 and that apparently little moment turned out to be big. Owning the lead enabled coach Rob Moore to dictate how he wanted to handle things and his decision was to spread the floor and make sure the Rebels had to guard a large area. That led to penetration and the Generals became visibly more juiced, and their fans even turned up the dial. As the quarter proceeded, they did miss five free throws, including two front ends, but field goals were also mixed in and one was a right-wing trey by Gilbert that provided a looks-mighty-good lead at 54-45 with 5:06 left. The efforts of Clancy, Masua and Ryan Norkus helped the Rebels creep back into that aforementioned 59-59 tie. Nowhere in the constitution is it written that coaches are not allowed to take an occasional gamble, and Moore opted for a huge one with 17.3 seconds left. Onto the floor he sent Gilbert and four little guys, with the hope of keeping Clancy bottled up. Clancy found himself being blanketed, but he was able to tough out a left-side drive and get an opportunity for a decent layup. It missed and the ball bounced over the baseline with possession going to ConHigh. Phew! Immediately the buzzer sounded and height returned to the floor. Williams then hit the first part of a double-bonus to make it 61-59, but leave the door slightly ajar. Luckily, Seton was unable to storm through and the Generals, who did so at the Class A level in 2012, boasted another championship. Gilbert totaled 19 points and 14 rebounds. Williams had 14 points and five assists. Early sub Chad Fulton, a jr. F-C, was effective (especially in the first half) with eight points and nine boards. The other early sub, jr. G Haneef Vaughn, scrapped for two steals. Congrats to the Generals on securing a win that did NOT come easily. Those ARE the most satisfying, right?