January 26th, 2018

Colts edge past Centurions

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Ed Peak

Staff Writer


Colts edge past Centurions
DeSales head coach Tom Crews speaks to his squad / photo by Ed Peak

It was a unanimous opinion by the DeSales personnel the Colts 69-59 win over rival host Christian Academy, Friday night, was poorly played. It was so bad Colts coach Tom Crews kicked over a chair.

The emotionally charged game got so intense in the fourth quarter that CAL assistant coach, Tim Henderson, a CAL graduate and former University of Louisville player, was ejected over a call.

CAL (6-13) and a loser of four straight, played without head coach Chad Carr and his son, Austin Carr, a junior guard. No reason was given for their absence. Grant Hendrix was acting head coach.

DeSales (11-9), a winner in seven of their last nine games was clinging to a 54-52 lead with 3:24 to play when senior guard Dalton Kelly drilled a three point shot from the right side giving the Colts a five point advantage.

"I'd been struggling the entire game," said Kelly who finished with 11 points, two assist and no turnovers. "I was just trying to get my confidence shooting the ball. For me, I stepped right into it. It was a rhythm shot. It was good flow in the offense, a good pass from Hunter Brooks. I just knocked the shot down."

Kelly was five of 11 from the field but just one of five on threes. After Kelly's big basket, things got really wacky.

After a layup by CAL's Clay Evans cut the lead to 58-55 with 2:11 remaining, DeSales' Sam Weining, who led all scorers with 32 points, worked inside for a layup with 1:15 to play. Weining was fouled on the shot and Henderson sprinted to near midcourt where he was restrained by Hendrix. Henderson was ejected by the officials and left the court immediately and went to the dressing room.

Weining made four straight free throws giving the Colts a 64-55 lead. After a missed free throw by Kelly, Weining dunked a dead ball and was called for a technical. Jacobs Dupps made two free throws with 1:04 getting the Centurions within 64-57.

But Keegan Brewer and Weining made four straight free throws to close the scoring.

"They (CAL) were amped up to play coming out and we didn't respond to how they were playing," said Weining. "We rushed our shots and got behind real quick. Once we started playing we got the ball in the middle to me and I made plays. I started kicking it out. Once I got the ball in the middle everything started to work."

Weining made eight of 17 shots, but just one of five threes. He made 15 of 17 free throws and as a team DeSales made 20 of 24.

"Tonight they played zone and it bothered us," said Weining. "They came out and guarded us on the wings so we settled instead of driving to the middle."

Crews was so upset with his team late in the third quarter after CAL's Wyatt Allison drove for a layup and was fouled by Brewer with 5:50 and the Colts leading 51-48.

Crews jumped out of his chair turned and kicked the chair toward the bleachers.

"Worst performance of the year," said Crews. "Maybe not. Maybe my memory is bad. Let's put it this way. It's the worst performance in a long, long time."

Junior guard Keegan Brewer added 14 points including two fourth quarter three point baskets. Brewer was four on six shooting threes.

"I thought we played terrible," said Crews. "We executed terrible. We didn't rebound defensively good. We were standing around offensive rebounding. We shoot, we miss. Nobody is even going to the board. Offensively, stagnant. Sloppy passes, sloppy cuts."

DeSales finished with nine turnovers, eight in the second half.

Eric Mowder II led CAL with 14 points, Evans had 12 while Dupps and Joseph Steier had 10 each. CAL finished with 17 turnovers.

The game was tied 44-44 after three quarters but outscored CAL 25-15.

"We played a good fourth quarter," said Crews. "But that's the only quarter. I don't even know if we played in the second quarter."

CAL grabbed its biggest lead of the game 21-11 with 5:30 to go in the second quarter. DeSales trailed 26-24 outscored the Centurions 11-4 to lead 35-30 at halftime. But CAL eight straight points to hold a 38-35 lead with 4:53 in the third quarter. The battle was on form this point forward.

DeSales has less than 24 hours before it plays host Trinity (19-2), an upset loser to Madison Central 53-52, Friday, on Saturday at 4 p.m.

The Colts lost to the Shamrocks in the first round of the Louisville Invitational 62-52 back on January 8th. Weining transferred from Trinity after his sophomore season.

"It always fun playing against them," said Weining. "They are still my friends. I talk to a lot of their guys. I played with them as a freshman and sophomore. Definitely looking forward to it. It should be fun."

It won't be much fun if DeSales doesn't play a lot better. That's the consensus.

 

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