January 30th, 2018

Colts encouraged despite loss to Doss

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

Colts encouraged despite loss to Doss
The Colts Sam Weining (brown jersey) guards Doss' Jeremiah Boyd / photo by Conor Revell

The DeSales basketball team may have had a shot at beating Doss had it not been for a cold shooting night and bad fourth quarter.

Doss outscored the visiting Colts by 11 in the final quarter and won 66-55 Tuesday night to grab the upper edge in the 22nd District.

“What happened in the fourth quarter, I don’t know what happened,” DeSales head coach Tom Crews said. “I know this happened the whole game – we kept getting really good shots – but we weren’t making them. I guess we really went stone cold in the fourth quarter. I felt like we had a good shot the entire night, we just didn’t make shots.”

A win over Butler Friday night would give the Dragons (17-5) the No. 1-seed in next month’s district tournament while a loss could force a three-way tie, assuming DeSales (11-11) beat Iroquois Friday night and Western next Tuesday.

Going into the fourth quarter, the Colts only trailed 42-40, but disaster struck, and Doss went on a 13-2 run to grab a 55-42 lead would lead by as many as 14 points.

“We started turning the ball over,” DeSales Keegan Brewer said. “We weren’t making shots, we were getting easy shot, and we weren’t hitting them, and Doss was just going down there and dunking.”

It was a back and forth game in the first three quarters as there were three ties and 13 leads changes. DeSales led by as many as seven points while the Dragons were up by as many as six points.

The Colts only made 20 of 57 (35 percent) from the field including a measly 3 of 19 (15 percent) from three-point land and 12 of 14 (85 percent) from the charity stripe.

“I’m not mad, I’m not bothered, I’m discouraged,” Crews said. “I think we can beat that team if we can shoot the ball better. We got what we wanted; our defensive game plan was excellent from an execution point of view.”

Travis Seibert DeSales with 16 points and 12 rebounds and made 6 of 7 from the field and 2 of 3 from the charity stripe.

“I didn’t have to do much,” Seibert said. “It was my team basically. They would head to the basket and the Doss players would help contain them and they would find me open and I would make the little shot.”

Seibert was a force to be reckoned with all-night.

“Travis did a really good job tonight,” Crews said. “He usually isn’t an offensive weapon for us, but tonight he did a good job of keeping us in there. That’s a good sign and he did that against a good district team. We will certainly remember that if we get a chance to play them again.”

For star Sam Weining, it was a night of frustration as he picked two fouls in the first four minutes and only made 4 of 10 from the field including 0 of 6 from three-point and making 4 of 5 from the foul line.

Despite all of that, he finished with 12 points. Crews also said a bad back might have limited the star.

Brewer added 10 points and Matt Ruckriegel and Dalton Kelly each chipped in six points apiece.

“I kind of wanted to go inside more,” Brewer said. “I wanted to make something easy or kick it out.”

Doss shot 29 of 59 (49 percent) from the field including 3 of 13 (23 percent) three pointers and nailed 5 of 8 (62 percent) from the foul line.

Stephon Franklin and Taye Calloway led the Dragons with 13 points apiece while LaQuay Kennerly added nine points and Daron Washington and Shawnkel Knight-Goff each recorded seven points.

Doss has won 10 straight in the series; the Colts last win was on Jan. 11, 2013.

“We learned that we really need to cut down our turnovers when we play a team like Doss,” Seibert said. “We didn’t shoot well, but we were getting good looks. We could also do a little bit better job of rebounding.” 


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