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Leo Gallagher - 12 Sports Athlete of the Week

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Senior point guard Leo Gallagher is leading the way for No. 6 Seton Catholic. The Saints (11-2, 7-0 STAC) climbed three spots in this week's New York State Class B rankings and are outscoring opponents, on average, by more than 20 points per game.

"[Gallagher] has been the guy here for four years," said Seton Catholic head coach Chris Sinicki before practice Tuesday. "He's been the guy I've counted on."

"He never gives up," added longtime teammate and friend Peter Hartrick when asked about Gallagher. "It doesn't matter who you're playing, what competition, what game. He's just out there to destroy you, and he's just a real competitor."

The name Leo in Latin means lion, so the Seton Catholic student section (The Greenhouse) often calls Gallagher "Simba" in reference to the movie The Lion King. The senior point guard certainly embodies that "big cat" mentality.

"We handed [Gallagher] the keys to the kingdom four years ago, and he's delivered," Sinicki said.

Gallagher is a four-year starter on the Seton Catholic boys varsity basketball team.

"He's done everything I've asked and more for four years," added Sinicki, who's currently in his 20th season as Seton Catholic's head coach.

As a junior, Gallagher was named All-Metro and All-Conference, averaging 13 points and four assists per game.

That success has carried over into his senior season. This year, the 5'10" point guard is averaging 10.5 points and 4.9 assists per game. The senior standout is coming off a season-high 21 points in Saturday's 22-point victory over Lansingburgh.

"I definitely just try to play without thinking at all and just going off my instincts and what I've been doing for a long time now," Gallagher said at practice Tuesday.

Gallagher can seamlessly do it all.

He's a knockdown shooter (38% FG, 29% 3FG, 80% FT).

"He finds ways to get shots off against bigger guys unlike many people I've ever seen," Sinicki said.

He's a precision passer.

"People don't really realize how good of a passer he is," senior forward Peter Hartrick added.

He's a lockdown defender.

"He'll defend the toughest guards in the league," Sinicki explained.

He's a balanced ball handler.

"Being able to go both ways and having a defender not being able to pick one," Gallagher said.

"Nobody knows whether he's left-handed or right-handed," said Hartrick. "You just have to play him straight up."

Gallagher is right-handed and found Binghamton University to be the right choice. He'll be joining Tommy Dempsey's Bearcats as a preferred walk-on next year.

"I think it's a great fit," said Sinicki. "I know Coach Dempsey is very excited about him, as well."

Gallagher and the Saints will look to stay perfect in league play and win their fifth straight game when they travel to Chenango Forks Friday night.

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