Constitution holds on for state title

HERSHEY, Pa. -- Making up for a second-place showing in the Public League, Constitution claimed its second PIAA boys’ basketball state championship Saturday afternoon.

Behind a combined 33 points from juniors Ahmad Gilbert and Kimar Williams, the Generals secured the Class AA crown with a 61-59 victory over District 7’s Seton-La Salle at the Giant Center.

Gilbert scored 19 points, and Kimar Williams netted 14. Chad Andrews, a 6-foot-6 junior forward, chipped in nine rebounds and eight points. Raheem Liggins, a 6-5 senior forward, had seven points and five rebounds.

The contest was tied at 43 after three quarters. The Generals, who earned top honors at the Class A level in 2012, opened the fourth with a 13-4 spurt to take command.

Down by 56-47, Seton-La Salle (29-2) responded with a 12-3 burst. Levi Masui evened things at 59 on a three-pointer with a little more than a minute to play.

Junior guard Akeem King nailed the decisive free throw, making it 60-59, with 34 seconds remaining. He added another free throw with 8.6 seconds to go.

Constitution (28-5) committed only seven turnovers.