February 27th, 2021

Kalle was there to save the day.


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

Kalle was there to save the day.
photo by Ed Peak

Sekou Kalle is good at keeping a promise. It was his rebound basket by the 6-foot-8 senior forward that provided DeSales with a heart stopping 75-73 victory over district rival Doss, Friday night.


DeSales (12-5) ranked 10th in the latest Associated Press poll trailed by as many as 15 points in the third quarter went to 2-2-1 press that helped the Colts rally for the victory in a 22nd District game.


The Dragons Tony Moss rebound basketball with 34 seconds remaining tied the game 73-73. After a DeSales timeout the Colts worked the ball for the winning basket. Guard Devin Perry got a pass on the right side drove into the lane and lifted a shot toward the basket under heavy pressure. It missed to the left where Kalle rebounded and with 0.2 scored the winning goal.


"Honestly something just told me to follow the ball," said Kalle who has committed to Akron. "We told him (Devin) we trust you to take the shot. I told him if he misses, I got the rebound."


Kalle finished with 20 points, 12 in the second half. But if not for Perry's 32 points the Colts would have been in deep trouble. The senior guard hit an array of circus layup shots and a long three pointer in the fourth quarter.


"Our guard did a great job of defending him (Perry) there," said Doss coach Blake Stone. "Once he gets going and gets confidence......"

Doss (7-3) led 54-39 after five straight points by Insler Carroll. But DeSales went to a the press and it seemed to rattle the Dragons. Unofficially in the first half Doss didn't have a turnover. They had 10 in the second half.


DeSales got within 57-51 after three quarters and continued the assault in the fourth. 


Perry scored six straight points including a driving layup was fouled and made the free throw for a 63-60 lead with 5:52.


The game went back and forth the rest of the way.

Kalle's layup with 1:42 put DeSales up 73-69. But Doss didn't fold as Carroll made two foul shots and Moss a rebound basket. That set up the exciting finish.


"My teammates told me I needed to do a better job both offensively and defensively and that's what I did," said Kalle. "They are a team (Doss) that gets up on you early. But we know how to handle it."


It seemed Doss couldn't miss from long range making 14 of 24 three point baskets. Chris Anderson scored 18 points while Jeremiah Glover added 17 and Marcus Baker had 12.


DeSales shot better in the second half making 17 of 31 from the field including four of 11 threes after going O for 4 in the first half.


"I didn't think they could keep shooting as good as they did in the first half," said DeSales coach Damien Anderson of the Dragons shooting. "They made 14 threes and its tough to beat a team that shoots it that well. We had a couple of break downs and they had some guys make shots we didn't think would make shots. We dug ourselves a pretty big hole."


Both DeSales and Doss will play in next weeks Louisville Invitational Tournament.


"I thought when they put that token 2-2-1 pressure at us, we on got back on our toes, our heels," said Stone. "We made a couple of mistakes because we relaxed. Do we slow down or keep our foot on the gas."


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