March 16th, 2021

DeSales Advances to District Championship

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Ed Peak

Staff Writer


DeSales Advances to District Championship
photo by Ed Peak

 DeSales didn’t let the pressure of the game or the magnitude of the out come bother them. They didn't fold.

 

The eighth ranked Colts (17-6) shook off the dull drums to rally past Doss 68-64 in a semifinal game of the 22nd District at Butler, Tuesday. It was lose and your season is over.

 

For much of the game DeSales missed assignments, shot air balls and generally looked stymied by the Dragons quickness and three point shooting. Doss (9-5) led 56-45 and DeSales was struggling. A couple air balls early in the fourth quarter didn't help. DeSales made back to back threes by Carter Bischoff and another by Keith Robinson cut the deficit to 56-54 with 5:12.

 

With Doss leading 59-54, the Colts Devin Perry scored six straight points which included a four point play and their first lead 60-59, with 3:50. DeSales trailed 64-63 after Doss' Chris Anderson scored a layup with 1:53. That was the last time the Dragons led.

 

Perry and Luke Thompson each made two free throws for a 67-64 advantage. Insler Carroll's long three missed with 12 seconds and DeSales held on.

 

DeSales will play Western (10-6) a winner over Butler, Thursday at 6 p.m. in the finals.

 

"We've played a tough schedule and had a lot of close games like this," said DeSales coach Damien Anderson. "If we hadn't played such a tough schedule I don't know If we'd have won this game."

 

DeSales outscored Doss 23-8 in the fourth quarter. Full court pressure plus clutch plays by several individuals helped.

 

Doss was raining three's in the first half as sophomore guard Marcus Baker had 19 points at the break which included five of 10 threes. He finished with 27 points and missed his only three during the final two quarters.

 

Chris Anderson added 11 points while Tony Moss had 12 points. The Dragons made eight of 14 from three in the first half but one of five in the second.

 

Anderson was almost apologetic for Doss. "I kind of feel bad for them. They are one of the best teams in the region. Doss is a good team. I'm obviously happy for our guys for the way we fought back."

 

There were several keys in the second half, especially the fourth quarter. Luke Thompson's defense on Baker was a key. Perry's four point play and DeSales' three point shooting. DeSales' press provided aggressiveness. 

 

"Baker is super quick and he's small," said Thompson. "He's a great player that can really shoot. We knew we had to stop the three. He almost was beating us single handily."

 

Thompson had a couple of miss fires from three but he stepped big along with Bischoff in fourth.

"I knew we would come back," said Robinson. "I had faith in my teammates.

"I felt we just had to keep fighting to get back in the game," said Perry who averages 20 points a game and finished with 17, eight in the fourth quarter. Akron signee Sekou Kalle added 16 points and a bunch of rebounds. He was double and tripled teamed at times.

 

"We picked our defense the second half. We held them to one shot instead of multiple shots that really hurt us," said Perry. "We got a lot more aggressive, got some steals."

 

Robinson had faith. "I knew we would come back. I had faith in my teammates," said Robinson. "I knew I had to keep shooting. We had to get past losing (last year in the district). We did."

 

DeSales now moves to the championship and Sixth Region Tournament. 

 

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