December 22nd, 2019

DeSales Falls to Seneca in the Century Mortgage Derby City Jam


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

DeSales Falls to Seneca in the Century Mortgage Derby City Jam
DeSales loses to Seneca 49-47/ photo by Ed Peak

In a game that resembled something you see on some of the local play grounds, Seneca edged DeSales 49-47 in the Century Mortgage Derby City Jam at Pleasure Ridge Park, Saturday night.

Missed shots, air balls, turnovers were common in this game. It was the second game of the day for both teams. DeSales beat Glasgow 75-61 and Seneca knocked off Paintsville.


"Our rotation was a little off when we got in some foul trouble," said DeSales coach Damien Anderson. "We had some good looks that we normally make that we missed."


DeSales (6-4) made 16 of 35 shots from the field for 45.7 percent and were just one of 10 from three point range. The Colts also turned the ball over 19 times against the RedHawks pressure defense.


"Really, we beat ourselves in that game," said freshman Keith Robinson. "We broke down on defense." Robinson led the Colts with 20 points while 6-foot-10 junior Sekou Kalle, a transfer from Aspire Academy, added 15 points but was in foul trouble.


DeSales looked strong early jumping to leads of 15-0 and 18-1. Seneca (6-4) a winner of six in a row didn't fold. Instead got back in the game with a full court press and tough man to man defense.


"We missed some shots we normally make when we could have put them away and they kept fighting," said Anderson.


Seneca trailed only 25-23 at halftime, didn't take a lead until DeVonte Simms basket with 3:12 in the third quarter, 33-32.


Seneca led 37-34 after three quarters but DeSales scored eight straight points to lead 43-37 with 6:35. DeSales still led 47-42 with 4:57 but a three pointer by Darian Floyd and Nijuel Williams jumper in the lane tied the game 47-47 with 3:10.


After DeSales' Kalle missed two free throws, Seneca missed a pair of shots before a timeout with 1:02. Floyd then drove from the left of the lane, spun around a defender for a layup with 16.7 to play.


DeSales used a timeout with 10.6 seconds to play. Eduardo Tostado's three from deep on the right side hit the side of the backboard and Seneca's Bryon Cox rebounded and the game ended.


"In both games today he (Kalle) was in foul trouble," said Anderson. "That's something he's going to have to adjust too. He'll learn from it."


Another problem for the Colts was turnovers. Anderson said that senior guard Antione Johnson the teams best ball handler is out with an injury. "Antione puts us one ball handler down. It's a struggle against teams right now that puts a lot of ball pressure on us. Hopefully he'll be back with us after Christmas.

"Right now it's just a few executions things we have to work on."


Floyd led Seneca with 16 points while Delshawn Simms added 13. The Redhawks play the winner of Jeffersontown and Fern Creek, Sunday, at PRP for the championship.




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