February 7th, 2020

Tigers Defeat Colts 58-44


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

Tigers Defeat Colts 58-44
Tigers defeat Colts 58-44/ photo by Ed Peak

Simon Smith is a 6-foot-3 senior forward who roams the middle for the St. Xavier basketball team. Smith took a pass from Nick Mosley made a move in the lane and scored.

In other words, Smith and his Tiger teammates took it right at visiting DeSales in a 58-44 victory, Friday night before a packed gym. Smith scored 15 points, had five rebounds and three assist. More importantly Smith guarded the Colts 6-foot-8 junior center, Sekou Kalle.


"I just played physical," said Smith. "I'm good at jumping high using my athletic ability. I just played how we play....fronting the post. I didn't really think too much of it, playing against a D-1 player. I just wanted to play my game be tough and physically."


St. X (15-8) was nursing a four point lead early in the fourth quarter when Smith scored in the lane over Kalle that started a 12-0 run that put the game away. Smith had four points in the spurt while Nick Mosely, who led the Tigers with 20 points and five rebounds, had four points as well.


"This was huge (win) for us, great for the team," said Smith. "The team comrade went way up. That locker room was so much fun. I was so ecstatic for that win. That was fun."


St. X shot 45.1 percent from the field (23 of 51) which included 12 of 26 in the second half. The Tigers out rebounded DeSales 25-20 and forced the Colts into 17 turnovers.


"We just got totally out played in every aspect really," said DeSales coach Damien Anderson. "We got out toughed and out physical. Hopefully we can take that as a lesson and correct some things before the post season.

"We didn't do the little things we had been doing. We think things are going to happen and you go away from it and it comes back to bite you."


DeSales (13-8) had its three game winning streak snapped. The Colts made 16 of 36 shots from the field for 44.4 percent which included six of 16 in the second half. Reserve Demetri Scott came off the bench to score 11 points while Logan Lautzenheiser had 10. Kalle who averages over 15 points didn't score, was 0-for-4 from the floor and had four rebounds.


"Every win is a great win this time of the year," said St. X coach Kevin Klein. "What I'm most proud of is how we have continued to have great practices day in and day out. To see the guys reap the benefits with their hard work and executing of the game plan and have the results is a big confidence booster."


The Tigers had lost two straight and six of their last eight. Klein said he challenged his team to be physical. 


"Kalle is a great player with great length," said Klein. "He's a load near the rim. I told the guys to be physical with him. Our defense was going to start with ball pressure. We tried to get up and pressure the ball more. I think our guys really answered the challenge. I think they knew if they did not play hard and compete the results were not going to be in our favor."



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