February 21st, 2019

DeSales Defeats Doss to Advance to District Finals


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

DeSales Defeats Doss to Advance to District Finals
DeSales defeated Doss 86-60/ photo by Ed Peak
DeSales senior Keegan Brewer is one of the top scorers in the Sixth Region averaging over 21 points a game. At halftime and his team sputtering Brewer had just one basket.
Brewer, a 6-foot-1 guard, turned it on scoring 23 of his 25 points in the second half, including 13 in the third quarter as DeSales rolled to an 86-60 victory over rival Doss, Wednesday in the 22nd District semifinals at Iroquois.
Brewer took only three shots in the first half, but was a different player in the second half as the Colts exploded for a 36 point third quarter.
"He's a really good player," said teammate Hunter Brooks who added 14 points. "When he gets hot it really spreads the floor and we all get hot. He lights up the floor."
Brewer was seven of 14 from the field including two three pointers. He had 13 points in the third quarter when the Colts outscored the Doss 36-14. Logan Lautzenheiser had seven of his 11 points in the third while Brooks had four of his 14.
The Colts made 13 of 14 field goals in the third quarter which included all three of its three attempts.
While it was offense that helped DeSales (18-10) pull away from a 30-30 at halftime  defense was what got Brewer and the Colts going." It's funny, I think he (Brewer) was searching to much for his offense in the first half," said DeSales coach Damien Anderson. "He had some turnovers and forced some things that weren't quite there.
"In the second half he got an open shot early. Once he gets going he's hard to stop."
Unofficially DeSales was 19 of 27 from the field in the second half and 31 of 53 for the game, 58 percent.
"I just told our team we can't wait to hit shots to play defense," said Anderson. "Our defense wasn't great in the first half because our offense wasn't really clicking."
Center Matthew Ruckreigle added 14 points and eight rebounds".
"We kind of done it a little backwards tonight....too worried about offense and neglecting defense. We picked it up the second half," said Anderson.
After shooting 14 of 27 in the first half, Doss finished 24 of 59 for 41 percent.
"I really wasn't doing much the first half. Just sitting back in the corner," said Brewer. "The coaches were telling me, 'play defense, play defense. The offense will come. When the offense came, I was hitting."
Brewer said he wasn't the only player that picked up their play after halftime. "We started talking to each other on the court and we just started playing hard."
DeSales beat Doss 62-40 on January 22. But before that the Dragons (10-20) had beat DeSales seven straight times in the post season.
The Colts assured themselves a spot in next weeks Sixth Region Region Tournament. DeSales will play Butler (21-7) an easy winner over Western, 87-62 in the other semifinal, Friday at 7:30 p.m. Butler owns two wins over DeSales this season.
"We have to play better defense and rebound against Butler," said Brewer. "We just really want a win against Butler. We're hungry. We want to get that home court advantage (in the regional)."

"They've been picked (Butler) as the favorite in the region all year," said Anderson. "We'll have to play much better defense and rebound."


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