January 14th, 2020

DeSales falls to Ballard in first round of LIT

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Ed Peak

Staff Writer


DeSales falls to Ballard in first round of LIT
Colts lose 64-50 to Bruins/ photo by Ed Peak

DeSales continues to have turnover problems. Ballard took full advantage of those miscues in beating the Colts 64-50 in a first round game of the 73rd annual Louisville Invitational Tournament at Valley, Monday night.

Ballard (13-2) the No. 4 seed in the tournament and ranked fifth by The Associated Press forced DeSales into 19 turnovers. The Bruins turned those mistakes into 26 points.

 

"We shoot a good percentage when we get shots off," said DeSales coach Damien Anderson. "We've talked about the turnover issues a lot, especially the live ball turnovers that become layups for the other team."

 

DeSales (8-6) was right in the game until senior forward  Logan Lautzenheiser  picked up his second foul and had to go to the bench in the second quarter. Ballard led by three points midway through the second quarter scored 10 straight points for a 34-21 lead. Josh Minkins, a University of Louisville football signee scored seven points in the spurt.

 

DeSales cut the lead to 56-45 with 2:41 to play on Keith Robinson's three point basket could get no closer.

 

"That's a very good team over there (Ballard)," said senior guard Antione Johnson who finished with seven points and two assist. "We knew there would be some things we could do and couldn't do. We just couldn't make shots. Had turnovers and gave up offensive rebounds."

 

Junior Sekou Kalle led DeSales with 15 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots. "It was hard to get him the ball with all the pressure on our guards," said Anderson. "He did a good job of finishing when he had opportunities." Lautzenheiser added 10 points while Robinson had nine points and six rebounds.

"We could have hung with them if we had stayed out of foul trouble," said Anderson. "They are big and athletic and strong. We played pretty good defense on the first shot. If we could have taken out some of those offensive rebounds (Ballard had 21) and turnovers. That's something we have to continue to work on."

 

Lewis Richards and Maker Bar led Ballard with 15 points each while Minkins added 13 off the bench. The Bruins shot only 35 percent (24 of 69) from the field, but out rebounded DeSales 45-33 and committed only 10 turnovers.

 

Ballard a five time LIT champion advances to play the winner of Tuesday's game between St. Xavier and Butler, Wednesday at 5 p.m.

 

DeSales will host Bullitt Central on January 21.

 

 

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