January 3rd, 2020

DeSales Loses a Close Matchup to Elizabethtown


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

DeSales Loses a Close Matchup to Elizabethtown
DeSales loses 66-62 to E-Town

This DeSales basketball team continues to be a work in progress. For the second straight game the Colts played an opponent tough only to lose by a slim margin.


Elizabethtown (8-0) ranked 13th by Bluegrass Preps edged host DeSales 66-62, Friday night. The Colts continued to struggle with its ball handling turning the ball over 26 times. Coach Damian Anderson admitted that has to stop, or its going to be a long season.


"It's pretty amazing we were even in the game," said Anderson. "We said before the game if we just take care of the ball we'd be able to score pretty well. We weren't able to take care of the ball. Anytime you turn it over that much it's going to be tough to win, especially against a good team."


E'town used its quickness and full court pressure to harass the Colts all game long. 


"We practiced against their 2-3 and 1-3-1, this week," said senior Logan Lautzenheiser.  "I feel like we need to take care of the ball and keep each other up. I feel we have all the pieces. We just have to keep working it all out."


Lautzenheiser led DeSales with 18 points. Eduardo Tostado added 13 points and junior Sekou Kalle added 12 points before fouling out late in the fourth quarter.


The Colts led 38-31 with 5:01 in the third quarter, but E'town went on a 12-2 run for a 45-40 lead late in the third quarter.


The Colts didn't fold. Lautzenheiser's three pointer from the left side gave the DeSales a 56-55 lead with 3:55 to play. Junior Cam Williams steal and layup started a 7-0 run giving the Panthers a 62-56 lead with 35.8 seconds.


A Lautzenheiser three with 13.8 cut the lead to 64-62. E'town's Jacob Moberly's two throws with 9.3 remaining secured the Panthers win. Junior Jaquais Franklin led E'town with 23 points, 18 in the second half. Kilia Sherrad added 12.


"There was a good reason we didn't play very well," said E'town coach James Haire. "They (DeSales) played well. We went zone to slow the pace of the game because we were in foul trouble."


DeSales host Butler (7-4) in a 22nd District game. The Colts lost twice last season to its rivals. "We've had some trouble with handling the ball. They (E'town) are a small quick team that heat the ball up. It makes it hard to get into the offense. We've got to learn to handle pressure a lot better because teams in our region do the same thing."


Things don't get any easier for the Colts.



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