January 16th, 2021

DeSales loses to CovCath 68-62


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

DeSales loses to CovCath 68-62
photo by Ed Peak

In its three losses against some of the top ranked teams in the state, the scenario is the same for DeSales. Play tough, stay close, lose at the end. The host Colts lost a hard fought battle to Covington Catholic, 68-62, Friday night.


It was another difficult loss to swallow as DeSales couldn't make enough free throws (six of 12) and had turnovers problems (16, 10 in the first half).


"I'm encouraged as much as I am frustrated," said DeSales coach Damien Anderson. "Of course I want to win those games. We are a relatively new team in terms of playing together. We're playing some guys that didn't have any major varsity roles before. I see improvement."


DeSales (1-3) led by many as nine points in the first half, trailed 47-46 after three quarters. The Colts could never take the lead in the final quarter but tied the game three times.


CovCath (4-1) the defending Ninth Region champions, ranked third in the latest Max Preps Kentucky poll,  took a 56-55 lead with 2:54 on a Mitchell Rylee free throw. Rylee had a layup and made one of two free throws with 1:18 for a four point advantage. 


Rylee led the Colonels with 24 points while sophomore guard Evan Ispano added 22. 


DeSales' Carter Bischoff made a thee pointer from the right side with 1:07 getting the Colts within 59-58. After Ispano made both free throws Sekou Kalle scored from in close and was fouled. He missed and DeSales trailed 61-60 with with 37.1 seconds remaining.


Senior guard Devin Perry's layup got the Colts within 63-62 with 30.2 seconds remaining.


Ispano had two free throws, Rylee made one of two and Chandler Starks two for the games final points. Perry missed two long three point shots in the last 26 seconds.


"I didn't use my legs shooting the ball late," said Perry who had nine points on four of 16 field goal attempts including two of 10 three's. "I haven't been shooting the ball as much. I've been trying to drive getting to the rim and get everybody else involved."


Several times Perry drove to the rim and found Kalle open for easy baskets or dunks. "We can get so many easy points just having Sekou down low. He opens up so much. People in the corners can get open shots and the lane becomes more open. When I attack his man has to step up."


After making (12 of 24) 50 percent of its field goals in the first half the Colts finished 21 of 48 for 43.7 percent.

"I just think we need to pay attention to little details," said Kelle. "We need to take care of the ball better and not get in this position."


CovCath was coming off an overtime loss at North Laurel, Tuesday. "We made a lot of errors on defense," said Ispano. "We can't give up baseline, getting beat back door. We knew we had to lock down number two (Perry). In think we shut him down."


Ispano was impressed with Kelle. "What did he have. Eight dunks or something crazy. He was starred on our scouting report."


The Colts host Christian Academy, Saturday and play at Bullitt Central, Monday.


If DeSales can cut down on some of the careless turnovers and make a few more free throws they could be a tough team to deal with.


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