February 11th, 2020

Kalle and Robinson lead DeSales past South Oldham

Dalton Pence 

Staff Writer 


Kalle and Robinson lead DeSales past South Oldham
Kalle and Robinson lead DeSales past South Oldham/ photo by Dalton Pence

Midway through the second quarter, South Oldham led DeSales by 13 and showed no signs of slowing down. Kentucky Wesleyan-signee Luke Morrison had scored seven points early in the period and the Dragons were in the driver’s seat at home on Monday evening. But stellar performances from Sekou Kalle and Keith Robinson brought the Colts back right after halftime, and pushed the game out of reach throughout the second half to give DeSales the 67-59 victory.

 

“We didn’t start with great energy”, DeSales head coach Damien Anderson explained. “We changed up our defense to a zone and that kind of threw them (South Oldham) off for a little while. They missed some good looks; we told ourselves that they’ll go on runs and go on droughts with the amount of three’s that they take. We just wanted to extend those droughts for a little longer and we managed to do that. We got some good looks ourselves.”

 

In the second half, the Colts made an effort to go down low. “We always want to”, Anderson said. “They (Kalle and Robinson) are great players and we have good size down there so we want to get them the ball when we can. We ran a couple of sets to get it to them, but they just did a good job of battling tonight.”

 

The Kalle-Robinson duo had eight points in the third quarter, giving DeSales a four-point lead at the end of the third quarter. Things continued in the final period, as both big men scored seven points a piece in the last eight minutes to secure the victory.

 

After not scoring last Friday against St. Xavier, Kalle erupted for a a game-high 26 points and 11 rebounds. Robinson added 23 points and seven rebounds, while Logan Lautzenheiser also had 10 points. 

 

“The coaches just told me pregame to have a killer mentality”, Kalle explained. 

 

Morrison finished with 19 points for the Dragons and Ben Michel added 12. 

 

Known for their perimeter shooting, the Dragons hit seven of their first 17 three-pointers, but struggled to find their rhythm in the second half. South Oldham finished 11/32 (34.4%) from behind-the-arc.

 

“When we looked at the scouting report, we knew that they all could shoot”, Kalle explained when asked about the defensive mindset. “The coaches stressed rebounding and I think we played well as a team.”

 

The Dragons fall to 19-7 and will return to action on February 18th at Walton-Verona.

 

DeSales (14-8) will have a quick turnaround when they travel to Male on Tuesday evening.

 

“It’s tough”, Anderson explained. “We’re playing probably the favorite to win state with no preparation at all in terms of practice. But our coaches have watched them so we have an idea of what they like to do so we will try to translate that to the players pregame and go out there and stick to what we do.”

 

For Anderson the focus is towards gearing up for the postseason. 

 

“Just continuing to get better at looking after the ball, some of the turnovers we have are unforced”, he said when asked about areas of improvement. “Just continue on the path; we had a setback last Friday, but hopefully that trajectory is up and we’ll just keep working hard until the end of the season.”

 

 

 

 

 

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