March 25th, 2021

DeSales Historic Season Ends in Region Semifinals

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Ed Peak

Staff Writer


DeSales Historic Season Ends in Region Semifinals
photo from Tom Lane, WDRB on Twitter

 Shooting is such an important part of basketball. You can rebound, pass the ball with authority. Handle the ball without turnovers. When shots don't go down it usually spells doom.

Unranked Bullitt East made enough shots and used a 2-3 zone to stymie eighth ranked (Associated Press) DeSales 62-58 in a semifinal game of the Sixth Region Tournament, Thursday at Valley.

 

The Colts (19-8) didn't shoot the way they normally do from the floor and didn't rebound as the Chargers packed the zone in the lane and made DeSales shoot from outside.

 

"They played zone and we went away from going inside," said DeSales coach Damien Anderson. "We missed some easy ones (shots) and that put us under pressure."

 

DeSales led 31-29 at halftime and Bullitt East edged ahead 40-39 after three quarters. But a 12-0 spurt by the Chargers gave them a 55-51 lead. Senior guard Devin Perry who scored 24 points stopped the run completing a four point play with less than two minutes to play.

 

DeSales junior Carter Bischoff connected on a three point basket with 37 seconds remaining getting the Colts within two points.

 

But Bullitt East' Will Blanford made two free throws for a four point lead. Blanford scored all of eight points in the fourth quarter.

 

Perry scored on a layup with 2.7 seconds cutting the lead for 60-58. But a bazar technical was called on Sekou Kalle for reaching over the end line. That gave the Chargers a four point lead and the ball.

 

Bischoff added 11 points including three, three point baskets. Senior Luke Thompson added nine points and sophomore Keith Robinson had eight.

 

Kalle who has committed to Akron was held to six points, one field goal and four of five at the free throw line. The senior entered the game averaging almost 20 points and 12.6 rebounds.

 

"We didn't shoot it well, didn't get it inside," said Anderson. "Didn't get second opportunities. They (Bullitt East) shot it really well (made eight threes). Give all the credit to Bullitt East. They played well."

 

Bullitt East (15-8) which lost the regular season game January 29 with DeSales, 73-55 will play Western an upset winner over defending regional champion Fern Creek, 43-42. The Warriors the 21st District runner up to DeSales will play the Chargers, Saturday at 7 p.m.

 

Bullitt East beat Western in the Louisville Invitational Tournament, 67-44, on March 4.

 

DeSales won their first Louisville Invitational Tournament and a district championship for the first time since 2005.

 

Anderson was proud of his team and the accomplishments on the court and the classroom. 

"Sekou was not only good for basketball but our school," said Anderson. "His personality was great. Teachers loved him. He's got a very, very good future."

 

The same goes for Perry, the Sixth Region Player of the Year. "He's an unbelievable kid that wants to do what is best. He has a bright future."

 

Thompson and Gavin Filmer are also seniors.

 

"I wish we could have gone a little further," said Anderson. "It's tough for our seniors. That doesn't dampen what this team has down. We had not just effort from our seniors but everyone.

 

It was another of several upsets in the post season as No. 1 Covington Catholic,  No. 3 Lexington Catholic, Male and now DeSales' seasons are over.

 

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