January 31st, 2020

DeSales Defeats Rivals Holy Cross


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

DeSales Defeats Rivals Holy Cross
Colts defeat Cougars 71-46/ photo by Ed Peak

DeSales' Keith Robinson isn't your typical freshman basketball player. He looks more like a football tackle. His 6-foot-3 body can move people around.

It was Robinson's key three pointer early in the fourth quarter that helped the Colts hold off rival Holy Cross 71-46 in a game Friday night at Bellarmine University's Knights Hall.


DeSales (11-7) won its 13th consecutive game against the Courgars. The Colts jumped ahead early and led 33-12 at halftime. Holy Cross made just three of 26 first-half field goals.


"The whole game I was really confident of letting it fly," said Robinson who finished with 17 points including three three point baskets. "I felt like today since we lost to PRP (Pleasure Ridge Park) by one we took it personal. Plus, Holy Cross is a rival. We wanted to win this game really bad."


DeSales led 40-19 but the Cougars went on a 15-4 as Sam Bearden had 10 points during the run to get within 10 points.


The Colts were leading 50-38 when Robinson spotted up in the right corner took a pass from Logan Lautzenheiser and buried a three pointer. That basket started a 10-0 run as DeSales secured the victory.


"I feel like we really locked in on defense," said Robinson. "On offense we got the ball moving which has been a little struggle the whole year. But this game I felt like we really got it together."


The Colts shot 55 percent from the field (22 of 40) and 25 of 31 free throws. Lautzenheiser led DeSales with 19 points while Sekou Kelle added 12 points.


"We knew they (Holy Cross) would come out fired up, so we wanted to at least match that if not have more energy at the start of the game " said DeSales coach Damien Anderson. "We executed pretty well offensively and defensively early."


DeSales had only four turnovers in the first half but 12 in the second half. "We definitely got sloppy with the ball the second half. Some of that was just trying to do things we don't normally do," said Anderson. 


Holy Cross (12-8) trailed 8-0, 17-4 and 28-10 before getting back in the game during the third quarter. 


"We couldn't hit a shot," said Holy Cross coach Jody Thornsberry. "I think maybe we got a little rattled at the beginning. We settled down in the third quarter and had the ball down 10 twice. Give them the credit they did all the little things to win."


Sam Bearden led the Cougars, who wore throw back black Bishop David uniforms, with 19 points, 14 in the third quarter. "We tried to get him the ball at the top of the key and let him work a little bit working off curls. We just have to get back in the gym and keep working."


Holy Cross made 14 of 28 shots in the second half to finish 17 of 54 (31 percent) from the floor.


"We were solid early with our defense they have a lot of big bodies blocking them out," said Anderson. "We forced them into some of the shots we wanted them to take."







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