March 18th, 2021

DeSales Wins District Championship; Tigers Fall to Male


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

DeSales Wins District Championship; Tigers Fall to Male
photo by Ed Peak

 Guard Devin Perry had a pedestrian like first half. In the second half the DeSales senior exploded for 20 of his 25 points as the Colts hung on for a 67-63 win over Western, Thursday, in the championship game of the 22nd District at Butler.


The 5-foot-9 transfer from Florida provided why he was the Sixth Region “Player of the Year” as voted by the coaches.


“We just spread the floor for him and he got to the rim," said DeSales coach Damien Anderson. "They had a hard time containing him. He was mad at himself for missing a few free throws. Missed a couple layups.

"Thats the kind of competitor he is. He wants to be perfect. He's a hell of a player," said Anderson.


DeSales (18-6) which hadn’t won the a district title since 2005 when they were in the 24th had a difficult time with Western’s quickness. The Colts will host a district runner-up Monday at 7 p.m. according to Athletic Director Don Bowers.


DeSales didn’t take its first lead until 3:35 the third quarter.

Western (10-7) edged Butler Tuesday on a half court heave led 50-49 with 6:36 to play. That would be the last time the Warriors would lead. 


A raucous fan base from Western made it hard to communicate but DeSales played through it.


"It was chippy from the beginning of the game, said Perry of the play on the floor. "They punched us first, got up on us. We just made sure we kept fighting back."

Perry scored 15 points in the fourth quarter. DeSales spread the floor and let Perry go one on one for layups or passed to 6-foot-10 Sekou Kalle near the basket. Kalle finished with 22.


"They kept fighting back," said Perry. "They wanted it more at first. I just felt in the second half we wanted it more."


Perry made all four of his field goals in the fourth quarter and seven of eight in the second half. "We knew as the game went on we knew we'd pull out the game. They wanted to prove to us they could play with us. They did. They played hard." 


DeSales beat Western 68-34 on February 2nd.


Western played that game with out sophomore Jamal Chambers who was at Male. Sophomore Trent Hinkle led Western with 17 points, eighth grader Julius Edmonds had 16 and Chambers 15. Chambers was a force on the boards and help guard Kalle. Perry said he's played against Chamber before.


"Some of their coaches and No. 20 (Amari Taylor) were taking trash," said Kalle.  "My coaches told me not to say anything. When the game is over we have time to talk."


Kalle said it was very physical and the officials let both teams play hard. "It is what it is. We won. I think I'm doing better at being physical and making free throws." 


The regional draw is Saturday at Holy Cross for both Sixth and Seventh Regions boys and girls teams. "This is what we work we so hard for," said Kalle. "I can't wait to get there."

This teams goal is to get to the state tournament in Lexington for the first time since 1979. "It's still a long way away. We've got three long games before that. As soon as we find out who it is (we play) we'll get to work on it," said Anderson.


More work awaits.




Male (7-2) hung on in the fourth quarter for a 77-71 win over rival St.Xavier (19-6) to win the 26th District. The Tigers senior forward Ayden Mudd, a Bellarmine commit, scored 22 points. It was the third straight year the Bulldogs have beaten the Tigers in the finals.


Sophomore Kaleb Glenn led Male with 27 points while Dez Lindsay added 17 and Demetrius White 12. 


With the game tied 58-58 after Calvin Schubert's layup took the lead for good on Lindsey's three pointer with 4:30 remaining.


Male and St. X advance to next weeks Seventh Region Tournament.


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