Basketball seniors honored for careers

Basketball players (left to right) Rasaun Mosley, Jake Laravie, A.J. Leahey, Jamie Tabon.

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Basketball players (left to right) Rasaun Mosley, Jake Laravie, A.J. Leahey, Jamie Tabon.

Sarah Francowic , Staff Writer

The Pitt-Johnstown men’s basketball team played host to Slippery Rock University Saturday for Senior Day.

Both teams defeated Slippery Rock in two different ways: The men won in blowout fashion 93-65, and the women won on a Victoria Moreland jumper with three seconds remaining, 76-74.

Three seniors from the Mountain Cats were honored before the game:  forward A.J. Leahey, guard Rasaun Mosley and guard Jake Laravie.

Laravie said he’s learned valuable lessons from his coaches throughout his time as a Mountain Cat.

“My coaches made sure I remembered that basketball is not life or death. I’ve been known to get very down on myself and my coaches would instill their confidence in me, which has helped me on and off the court.

“They have been more than coaches to me, but friends that have been there and supported me in different situations. Not just in basketball, but with family, school and plenty of other times… I know my relationship with them won’t end after this season,” Laravie said.

Mosley said he’ll miss being a part of the team and hopes he made enough stories together with his teammates that they never forget each other.

“I hope, when I’m gone, they all remember to play no matter how much time is left, play until the last second,” Mosley said.

Leahey said he will miss playing with his teammates and the coaching staff.

“I hope I’m remembered as a hard worker, someone that was dedicated to the sport and that it will encourage them to do the same. I want my team to remember that hard work pays off and to always have a positive attitude,” Leahey said.

Laravie said he believes the team will come out confident and ready against Slippery Rock — just like any other game throughout the season.

“Slippery Rock has always been a tough place to play for us. Our win against them earlier in the season was my first win there in my four years of playing,” he said.

After graduation, Laravie said he plans to enroll as a Graduate Assistant on a men’s basketball team as he pursues his Master’s Degree.

He currently has an opportunity to work the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, NV. in July, which he said will be a great experience to network with different people in the basketball world to get his career started.

Mosley said he hopes to start a career in engineering and to one day have a bridge named after him.

Leahey said his plans for after graduation are to attend graduate school and continue to be involved with basketball either as a coach or working individually with young players.

“I’m also getting married next year and looking forward to starting a family,” Leahey said.

The biggest thing that Tabon learned during her basketball career was resilience.

“Whenever things got tough for me I always found a way to push through no matter what the situation was,” Tabon said.

Tabon’s most memorable moment was beating California (Pa.) University her redshirt sophomore year.

Tabon said her future plans are to get a job in real estate. She said she feels that she can take the lessons she has learned from basketball and use those in the real estate.