January 31st, 2021

DeSales Defeats South End Rival Holy Cross


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

DeSales Defeats South End Rival Holy Cross
photo by Ed Peak

DeSales and Holy Cross, south end catholic rivals, came into Sunday's game on winning streaks. While the Colts beat the Cougars 78-62, Holy Cross never backed down. Never let up.


"They came more ready to play than us," said senior Sekou Kalle who led DeSales with 20 points. "At the beginning of the game we were playing sloppy and stuff. We came out sloppy and they came ready to play."


DeSales (7-3) led only 50-46 with 3:01 in the third quarter scored nine straight points to lead 59-46 to end the third quarter. Kalle had four points and guard Devin Perry who finished with 17 points had three during the spurt.


Holy Cross (5-2) had it's three game win streak broken tied the game 25-25 with 6:13 in the second quarter. The Cougars never took the lead but hung around trailing 39-34 at halftime. 

Mason Bronger's basket with around five minutes in the third quarter cut the lead to 45-40. Junior Justice Cummings, who led Holy Cross with 17 points, hit a three with 3:23 to cut the deficit to 48-43.


Again the Cougars didn't fold. Brennan McKinney's three sliced the lead to 50-46. That's when the Colts went on their run.


"Its like any other rivalry game. Anybody can go off at any moment," said junior forward Keith Robinson who finished with 18 points, 12 in the first half. "I believe Holy Cross was giving their all. They are a really good team. They came out and punched us in the mouth." 

In the first half Holy Cross made 11 of 23 shots including five of 8 three point baskets. In the second half the Cougars where nine of 31 for 29 percent. They were two of 13 on three point attempts.


"We got out of the game plan a little bit midway through the third quarter," said Holy Cross coach Jody Thornsberry. "It comes down to knocking down shots and we didn't get the shots down to keep it close going into the fourth quarter.

Cummins made three of five three point shots. Junior guard Mason Bronger added 12 points, 10 in the first half. Hand, a freshman forward finished with 11.


"Justice is a good shooter when he gets his feet set and takes his time," said Thornsberry. "He likes to shoot it almost too quick. If we can calm him down just a little bit. 

"We feel like if we make six, seven passes in our offense we'll get a set shot," said Thornsberry. "That's what we are trying to establish."


DeSales had four players in double figures and Devin Perry had nine points and a bunch of assist.


"DeSales knows where there bread and butter is," said Thornsberry. "They are fortunate to have Kalle and Perry. They don't transfer in and you take those two guys off their team they've still got some role players out there. Hats off to them."


In winning its sixth straight game, DeSales is allowing an average of 56.5 points.

"We knew they'd come to play hard, as they do," said DeSales coach Damien Anderson. "They shot the ball really well in the first half. Some of that was their attention to detail. We kind of let their good shooters shoot and we were kind of running at their none shooters. 

"Our detail was lacking quite a bit. That's something we have to keep working on, that's attention to detail. We try to make teams beat us with their weakness rather than their strengths," said Anderson.


If Sunday was indication both teams are improving.


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