February 25th, 2019

DeSales Ends Season with 75-59 Loss to PRP

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Ed Peak

Staff Writer


DeSales Ends Season with 75-59 Loss to PRP
DeSales loses to PRP 75-59/ photo by Ed Peak

It seemed the harder DeSales played in the third quarter the worse things got for the Colts who lost to host Pleasure Ridge Park, 75-59, in the Sixth Region quarterfinals, Monday night.

 
DeSales (18-12) trailed 30-28 early in the third quarter but the Panthers outscored the Colts 21-8 to lead 51-34 a lead that ballooned to 56-36 early in the fourth quarter. 
 
The Colts made a run but could get no closer than 61-49 midway through the fourth quarter.
 
"They weren't missing and we couldn't hit anything," said Keegan Brewer who led DeSales with 18 points. "We were playing good defense and they just kept finishing."
 
Pleasure Ridge Park (24-8) advances to play Bullitt East, who beat Moore in a semifinal game Wednesday at Valley. PRP has a 14 game winning streak.
 
PRP shot a blistering 27 of 45 from the field for 60 percent. Junior guard James Taylor led the Panthers with 19 points making six of 11 field goals and seven of nine free throws. 
 
Darius Osborne added 17 points on six of nine field goals which included all three of his three point baskets. Dashawn Beasley added 12 points six of nine shooting.
 
"I told them at halftime we didn't shoot it very well and we didn't play good defense the first half," said veteran PRP coach Dale Mabrey. "I told them at halftime if we straightened out the defensive end. I know we can't stop someone all the time. But get your butt down and contain a little but then good things happened on the offensive end. We started making a few more shots and started rolling."
 
DeSales finished making 23 of 56 shots for 41 percent from the field including 13 of 30 during the second half. Hunter Brooks added 15 points while Logan Lautzenheiser added 12 and Matthew Ruckreigle 11. 
 
The Colts had a difficult time with PRP's height and length in the middle. The Panthers go 6-7, 6-5, 6-4 across the front line. "They are really long, really tall," said Brewer. "They blocked shots. We couldn't finish over them."
 
DeSales coach Damien Anderson completed his first season as head coach and was impressed with PRP's shooting. "They made shots. Obviously layups that we normally get against a lot of teams you just don't get against them because of their length. They made some tough shots.”
 
Anderson said he was impressed with the way his three seniors played. 
 
They have Brewer and Ruckreigel who were both All-Sixth Region selections by The Courier-Journal as voted on by the coaches.
 
"The guys, especially the three seniors they've laid a great foundation. I’m so proud of the three seniors. They played their heart out every game," said Anderson.
 
Brewer who averaged over 20 points a game could possibly play at the next level.
"I thought we had what it took. We played a tough game and we lost. It wasn't for a lack of effort. “
 
 

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