March 13th, 2021

Boys Basketball Post Season Preview

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Ed Peak

Staff Writer


Boys Basketball Post Season Preview
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There is no better coach to preview the upcoming district and regional tournaments in the Sixth and Seventh Regions than DeSales' Damien Anderson.


Anderson's Colts (16-6) played all the contending teams in each region, some twice. His team won its first Louisville Invitational Tournament some 10 days ago beating Ballard in the championship.


You say that makes the Colts the Sixth Region favorite. Not say fast. DeSales, ranked as high as fifth by the Associated Press opens 22nd District play against Doss (9-4) Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The Dragons led DeSales by 15 points in the second half only to see the host rally for a two point Sekou Kalle winning rebound basket.


"Doss is very athletic. They are quick. Have good shooters," said Anderson. 
"They made 14 of 30 threes against us. I don't if they will do that again. But they are dangerous."


The Colts placed three players on the LIT ALL-TOURNAMENT team in Kalle, 20 points, 11 rebounds. Senior guard Devin Perry averages 20 points and 5-6 assist per game. He had a 40 point game against St. Xavier in January.
Sophomore Keith Robinson averages 12.8 points and five rebounds.


Those players have carried the load offensively. Senior guard Luke Thompson is a stellar defensive player. Junior Carter Bischoff comes off the bench to provide three point shooting. He had a big steal late in the Ballard LIT game.
"Everyone has bought into their role," said Anderson. "Without those guys we wouldn't be where we are."


If DeSales were to win they likely would face No. 1 seed Butler an 81-80 winner over the Colts the Monday following the LIT. "Butler has size and is athletic. " said Anderson. 


Anderson says he's not even thought about the regional just Doss. "I think if you'd pick a favorite Fern Creek would be a slight favorite. The Colts own a victory over the Tigers but they were without Jayden Rogers who was injured. He has since returned.
"We want to write our own history," said Kalle.


"We want to do a lot more than this," said Perry. "We want to win a state championship."


In order to advance DeSales must beat Doss. The district winner and runner up advance to the regionals.
"We were the No. 1 seed last season and lost in the first round," said Anderson. "Our guys are motivated. I'll definitely remind them about last year. We'll give it 


Our best. You can throw out the regular season everyone is 0-0."
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The favorite in the Seventh Region is Ballard with Trinity and St. Xavier also in the mix. Trinity has a double overtime win over the Bruins. St. X has two wins over their rival Shamrocks.


"Don't forget about Male," said Anderson. They have been on pause since February 19 because of covid. The Bulldogs are led by freshman Calib Glenn who averages 18 points.


Rivals St. X and Male will probably play for the 24th District title. Male has a first round game Monday verses Brown. Senior guard Ben Varga, the all time leading three point shooter in Tigers history with 94 threes is second in the state percentage wise at 48.2. Bellarmine signee Ayden Mudd averages 15.5 points and 7.2 rebounds.
"Ballard, Male, St. X are all battled test. They are in a tough region.


Trinity (15-5) has a chance as well. The win over Ballard was huge and coach Mike Szabo is a proven coach winning three state championships.


The Rocks open 26th District play Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. versus Atherton.

 
Trinity features four players led by Zach Stahlman who average between 13.8 and 10 points a game. Evan Hodge, Miles Franklin, Will McMillan form a solid rotation.


Guard Cam McClain averages 5.2 points helps set up the offense.
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Holy Cross (14-8) doesn't have the marque wins some of the other Sixth Region teams have but they certainly have an outstanding freshman in Jacob Hand who averages 16.6 points and 9.3 rebounds. 


"He does a lot for us," said Cougars coach Jody Thornsberry. Holy Cross opens 21st District play Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.against Beth Haven at Valley.

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The Kentucky Basketball Coaches Association have voted DeSales' Perry as Sixth Region Player of the Year and Male's Cam Pope in the Seventh Region.


Doss Blake Stone was Coach of the Year in the Sixth. Christian Academy's Aaron Hill was selected in the Seventh.

 

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