February 22nd, 2019

Butler Defeats DeSales for the District Title

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Ed Peak

Staff Writer


Butler Defeats DeSales for the District Title
DeSales loses to Butler 57-56/ Photo by Ed Peak

DeSales coach Damien Anderson and several members of his Colts basketball team huddled around a video recording of Friday's game with Butler in a dressing room at Iroquois. They only had to rewind the tape to watch the final 22.7 seconds. That was all that really mattered to this group.

The Colts were still stunned as they watched what happened.

Butler's Marquis Dorsey's awkward tipped toward the basket with 0.7 seconds somehow went in and Butler won the 22nd District 57-56 in a wild back and forth game.

Dorsey's shot was preceded by misses by the Bears Jaden Lamb and Willard Minter. Both those shots were deflected by DeSales' Matthew Ruckreigle. The second miss went right to Dorsey giving him his only basket of the second half. He finished with four points.

"I blocked a shot I think with three seconds and I thought the game was over and they get two more shots," said Ruckreigel. "That was the luckiest bull I've ever seen."

Dorsey was fouled on the shot and intentionally missed the free throw. Ruckreigle rebounded but could only throw the ball toward to the other end of the floor as the horn sounded.

DeSales (18-11) had its four game winning streak stopped. The good news is the Colts advance to Monday's Sixth Region Tournament. DeSales will have to play on a district champion’s home floor. Pleasure Ridge Park, Bullitt East or Bullitt Central. The draw is Saturday.

"It's a rival and it's been a while since either one of us has won the district," said Butler coach K.C. Goodin. "We knew it would be tough. They were resultant. We were resultant, back and forth."

Butler (22-7) on a six game winning streak led 46-41 after three quarters. DeSales built a 10 point early lead in the second quarter.  DeSales fought back tying the game on a layup by Logan Lautzenheiser with three minutes to play.

DeSales trailed 55-53 with 22.7 seconds when senior guard Hunter Brooks drove the lane and scored on a layup. He was fouled by Cameron Underwood. Brooks, who moved into the starting lineup two weeks ago made the free throw for a 56-55 advantage.

That set up the final flurry by Butler. "We went and got it back a couple times and it went in," said Goodin. "Fortunately the last knew it went in. Thank goodness. We missed a lot of layups."

Keegan Brewer led DeSales with 19 points, 13 in the second half. Ruckreigle added

16 points and 21 rebounds. Brooks finished with 14.

"We knew they were going to make a run," said Ruckreigel. "We bounced back from their run and got stops. That's what led to our offense."

It's was Butler's third win over the Colts this season. Ruckreigel said Butler came out sluggish. "They weren't ready to play. We smacked them in the mouth in the first quarter. They came out ready in the (third quarter)."

Senior Maurice Tolley led Butler with 15 points, 11 in the second quarter when Butler found its game. Jaden Lamb came off the bench scoring 14 points. Butler's Willard Minter who hurt DeSales in its regular season win was held to five.

"We just started getting stops, playing with energy," said Brewer who along with Ruckreigle were named to the All-District team. "When we were getting stops we were pushing the ball getting easy stuff.

"At the end it seemed like the clock was going slow after the first miss and then he grabbed it and tipped it in. He tapped it with his left hand," said Brewer.

DeSales shot 44 percent making 24 of 54 from the field which included three of eight three's. Butler finished 24 of 53 for 45 percent.

Brewer finished nine of 14 from the field while Ruckreigle was seven of 14.

"It's tough to lose," said Anderson. "But I'm really proud of the fight the guys showed. It's hard to execute everything in a game. We just had a few lapses at the end of the second quarter that hurt us."

DeSales had 15 turnovers, 11 in the first half. "We let them back into the game at the end of second quarter. That didn't lose it for us. We just couldn't get that lucky bounce there at the end," said Anderson.

"He realized that if he came down with the ball he wasn't going to make it. He just kind of threw it over his head and it went in. Ruck made a couple of great plays there. The deflection bounced to their guy and he made a great play."

 DeSales must recover quickly as they play again Monday. "We are going to remember how this feels when we play in that regional championship. We don't want that feeling again. We're going to win it."

 

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