Explorers Fall Short In Bid For Basketball Glory
La Salle's impressive run at its first state basketball championship finally came to an end on Saturday, March 22, 2014 with a 52-39 loss to New Castle Area High School in the finals of the Pennsylvania State Championship (PIAA Class AAAA Boys Championship) at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA. New Castle, whose starting lineup featured four seniors with football scholarships, went 31-0 en route to their first state title. Point guard Najee Walls paced the Explorers with 15 points. Fellow junior Shawn Witherspoon was next in line with 10. La Salle won five straight games, including a District 12 playoff qualifer against Central Central High School, to reach the finals and finish with a record of 23-7.
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