February 15th, 2019

DeSales defeats North Oldham 69-55 in Final Regular Season Game


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

DeSales defeats North Oldham 69-55 in Final Regular Season Game
DeSales defeated North Oldham 69-55/ photo by Ed Peak

The DeSales student section is known as the "Danger Zone". The enthusiasm is loud and can be disruptive to opponents in the Dodge gymnasium. Friday night it was noisy and rowdy

.North Oldham must have felt some negative vibes from the DeSales cheering section. The Colts got off to a quick start and rolled to a 69-55 win over the Mustangs, in their third straight victory.

The three DeSales seniors of Matthew Ruckreigle, Keegan Brewer and Hunter Brooks combined to score 46 points on Senior Night. Ruckreigle, a 6-foot-3 center led the Colts with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Brewer, who has 1,033 points during his career added 17 points and Brooks 10.

DeSales (17-10) led 23-11 after the first quarter and 31-14 early in the second quarter after Brooks connected on a three point basket.

"We want to play every game like we played tonight," said Brewer. "I guess it just clicked tonight. We played hard. We played with energy. We had the crowd into it."

The Colts made 15 of 28 shots from the field in the first half and turned the ball over just three times.

"Our energy the first half was excellent," said DeSales coach Damien Anderson. "It's the best we've played defensively in a long time."

North Oldham (13-17) coached by former Louisville player David Levitch, in his first season, had its four game winning streak stopped. William Hare led the Mustangs with 12 points while Luke Berry and Dallas Roberts, an eighth grader, added 10 each.

The Mustangs who play Oldham County in the 29th District Tournament, Wednesday, didn't fold.

DeSales led 37-22 at halftime but the Mustangs got within 45-33 on a three pointer by Barry with 3:25 in the third quarter. North got within 45-35 on Barry's layup with 2:40 but could get no closer.

Ruckreigle's rebound basket at the end of the quarter restored the DeSales lead to 53-37. "Ruck rebounds like no one else around for his size," said Anderson. "He goes after every rebound and he gets a lot of them." Ruckreigle averages almost 11 a game.

DeSales cooled off in the second half making 11 of 31 field goals and turned the ball over 13 times. But it didn't matter as the starters left the game with 2:22 and with a big lead and a standing ovation from its fans.

"It was the crowd that gave us energy," said Ruckreigle. "The defense gets the stops and we get to go run out on offense. Our defense leads to good offense."

North Oldham finished 20 of 58 from the field for 34 percent.

"Ruck and Keegan are great scorers," said Anderson. "Both can score the ball and when they are sharing the ball we are even better."

DeSales had at least six blocked shots in the game, several by Ruckreigle.

DeSales now turns its attention to Wednesday's game at Iroquois against Doss in the 22nd District. The Colts beat the Dragons 62-40 on January 22.

DeSales has difficulties beating an opponent for the second time losing to Butler, Seneca and Christian Academy, all wins the first time.

"We're just looking at Doss right now. We've got all our concentration on them. Yes, we beat them the last time but that was at home and some things went well for us," said Anderson.

DeSales hopes to have the winning vibes again on Wednesday.


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