January 27th, 2021

DeSales Soars Past The Tigers

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Ed Peak

Staff Writer


DeSales Soars Past The Tigers
photo by Ed Peak

The score you are about to read is not a misprint. DeSales 81, St. Xavier 58. The Colts put together a complete game firing on all cylinders with only seven healthy players.

 

"I thought we would be fine (with only seven players) everyone we played tonight is who we play. It really didn't affect us," said senior guard Devin Perry who scored 27 points had eight rebounds, eight assist and two steals.

 

"We found out right before the game. They shut everybody else down, but we could still play," said Perry.

 

Some of DeSales reserves played in a freshman game Monday and a junior varsity game last night. A couple of St. X players had headaches following the game. So as a precautionary because of the Coronavirus, DeSales decided to hold out its players.

 

"I keep saying each time we get on the floor, that's practice and games, we are getting better," said DeSales coach Damien Anderson who was an assistant coach at St. X (2009-13 and 2015). "We kind of put it together pretty well. Now I hope we can keep building and get better from that."

 

It seemed DeSales (5-3) couldn't miss. The Colts shot a blistering 62.5 percent (30 for 48) from the field, out rebounded the Tigers 30-20 and had 11 steals.

 

If Perry wasn't driving for easy layups he was knocking down three's. Or he was setting up senior Sekou Kalle with passes inside for layups. Kalle finished with 15 points and nine rebounds. St. X doubled and at times tripled teamed the 6-foot-8 Akron signee, had two assist, two steals and two blocked shots.

 

Guard Carter Bischoff came off the bench to score 11 points, had two rebounds  . Bischoff was four of seven from the field. Luke Thompson added 10 points on four of five shooting from the floor. Brady Monks and Keith Robinson added nine points each.

 

Turnovers have been a problem in DeSales three losses which have come by a total of 12 points. Last night DeSales had only 14.

 

"We had a couple guys out there defensively that did an unbelievable job," said Anderson. "Luke Thompson held Owensboro Catholic's leading scorer who averages 25 scorer to seven points. Luke himself took only one shot for us. He's totally bought into doing what ever it takes for the team to win. Monks didn't play as a sophomore is getting better each game. It was a great team effort."

 

DeSales led 39-21 at halftime scored the first six points of the third quarter. St. X went to a full court press forcing the Colts into five turnovers cutting the lead to 57-43 at the end of the third quarter.

 

But it was DeSales' night. The Colts got back on a roll and the lead grew to as much as 71-46 in the fourth quarter.

 

St. X's three game winning streak came to an abrupt halt. 

 

"This was no fun," said St. X coach Kevin Klein. "That's what part of adversity and figuring out what happened is all about. We as a team are trying to figure out what has gotten us success and why we weren't as successful tonight.

"You've got to give DeSales a lot of credit. They played a heck of a game. They scored, defended, rebounded. They played very well together."

 

Cole Sherman came off the bench to lead St. X (7-2) with 13 points while Ben Varga added 10. Varga usually a sharp shooter from three point range was four of 14 including two of six threes. As a team the Tigers suffered a poor shooting night (23 of 56) for 41 percent which included eight of 24 from three point range for 33.3 percent. St. X had 16 turnovers.

 

"We've got to figure out how to learn from this," said Klein. "I think our ceiling is very high. We're going to grow. It's all about when you get knocked down in adverse situations. This is a great life lesson and team lesson turn a tough night into a positive."

 

Klein was impressed with Perry and Kalle. "Perry gets to his spots really, really well. He was going left he was going right. He has great court vision and he's got a great target to throw it to (Kalle) when he gets in trouble. They got some shooters in space. When they are playing that well together that's a tough team to defend."

 

DeSales might want to think about dressing only seven players all the time.

 

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DeSales game at Holy Cross, Sunday, has been switched to a 3 p.m. tipoff inside of 6 according to Colts Athletic Director, Don Bowers.

 

St. X entered the game allowing an average of 55.7 points a game. DeSales had 57 points after three quarters.

 

 

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