February 10th, 2021

DeSales Defeats Male


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

DeSales Defeats Male
photo by Ed Peak

DeSales did it the hard way. With only seven healthy players and falling behind by as many as 11 points, rallied for an 87-81 upset of visiting Male, Tuesday night.


Senior guard Devin Perry, who played at Central as a sophomore and last season in Florida, scored 40 points, 25 in the second half as the Colts continue to prove they are one of the best teams in not only Jefferson County, but the state.


"I was just playing my game," said Perry whose layup with 1:18 in the third quarter gave the Colts a 59-57 lead.


Perry had 16 of DeSales 22 fourth quarter points. A spinning layup by Perry began eight straight points from the 5-foot-8 point guard. "I was just playing off in stink really. I just play."

DeSales (9-3) a winner of eight straight came in ranked 21st by Max Preps. "This is a huge win. Huge win," said Perry. "Male being a top team in the state opens a lot of things for us."


Male (2-2) lost its second straight after losing at No. 4 Covington Catholic, Saturday. Sophomore Kaleb Glenn led the Bulldogs with 30 points while Cameron Pope had 28 before fouling out late in the game.


"We have zero toughness right now," said Male coach Tim Haworth. "Zero. We didn't have sustained effort. You can't do it for 24 minutes, 32 minutes. We don't have that right now."


Perry made 11 of 17 shots most of drives to the basket. He made 15 of 16 free throws. "He's phenomenal. Here's the bottom line. Somebody goes and gets 40 that's unexecutable," said Haworth.


Unofficially DeSales shot 27 of 37 from the field and made 26 of 30 foul shots. "Defensively, we were a joke the whole night," said Haworth. "I told them them in the first half. You don't give up 40 points (Male actually gave up 35) in a half. We've always been real good defensively. We've got a lot of work to do."


On the other hand DeSales looks like a contender in the Sixth Region. "We came in confident," said DeSales coach Damien Anderson. "Male is really a good team. They just started and they are going to get a lot better. We're probably fortunate to get them early in the year."


Senior center Sekou Kalle added 11 points after sitting out much of the second quarter with his second foul. Junior guard Carter Bischoff came off the bench to score 10 points.


"For our guys I think it shows we are making progress," said Anderson. "We are getting better each game, each time we step on the floor."


DeSales played its second game this season with only seven players because its junior varsity team was in isolation because of covid.


With the Colts trailing 48-39, Anderson said he wanted his team to remain calm and focused. "We didn't want to panic at halftime for sure," said Anderson. "We had some foul trouble and some important pieces sitting on the bench for awhile."

Anderson said Perry's quickness was a key. "He's always quick. Some times teams run two guys at him and he gets by them and that leaves guys open down the floor."


Perry said the halftime deficit didn't phase him. "I thought we were in good shape. Sekou and Keith (Robinson) were on the bench. We were going to come back and win."


Things don't let up for the Colts as they play at neighborhood rival Iroquois (1-2) in a district game, Friday. DeSales has added a home game against Ballard (4-0) Saturday at 6 p.m.

No let up for DeSales this week.


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