February 20th, 2021

Oldham County upsets DeSales on senior night


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

Oldham County upsets DeSales on senior night
photo by Ed Peak

 This was just not supposed to happen on senior night at DeSales. Oldham County rolled into Dodge Gymnasium and upset the Colts 77-72, Friday night.


Coach Damien Anderson started his four seniors Devin Perry, Sekou Kelle, Luke Thompson and Gavin Filmer. DeSales fell behind in the first quarter trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half. 


"We came out flat in the first half, said Perry who finished with 21 points. "We tried to fight back the whole game. It was just really difficult."


DeSales (10-5) ranked seventh in the latest Associated Press poll and 13th by Max Preps trailed 31-22 at halftime. The Colts scored seven straight points to begin the third quarter as Perry had five. DeSales trailed 34-31 but Tyler Slone's jumper, a DeSales turnover turned into a three point jumper by Grant Gibson and the Colonels went ahead 39-31.


Perry scored five straight points that got the Colts within 39-37 with 3:57 in the third quarter. A three point play by Clay Smith and a three pointer by Jack Matsen restored the Colonels lead to 45-37.


"We just kept fighting, kept battling whether we were tired or we were fresh,"

said Oldham County coach Coy Zerhusen. "The guys that came off the bench gave us great minutes, gave us some depth."


Oldham County (7-2) played nine different players. Slone finished with 21 points, Xavier Wagner-Rose and Jack Matsen added 11 points each and guard Deaton Oak added 10.

Oldham County employed a full court 2-2-1 press forcing DeSales into unofficially 16 turnovers. The fist time down the floor Perry over shot Kalle  inside with a pass out of bounds.


"Our press was really working tonight," said Oak. "We got them into some places that we felt like they couldn't handle very well. We got them trapped."


Kalle finished with 25 points while Keith Robinson added 11 for DeSales which has lost two straight.


DeSales had a big week last week playing Male, Fern Creek and Ballard. Did the Colts take Oldham County for granted? "We've had some games where we've payed attention to detail and the execution has been really good," said DeSales coach Damien Anderson. "Today it was really lacking. We had some unforced turnovers."


Anderson said he has scheduled practices Saturday and Sunday after missing all but one day of drills this week because of the snow, "We definitely have to get back on the practice court and tighten things up." DeSales has added a game against Collins,Monday night. 


Perry said the Colts rushed things. "That definitely hurt us.


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