March 5th, 2021

No rest for the Colts


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

No rest for the Colts
photo by Ed Peak

 It takes everyone to win a championship. Role players sacrifice for the stars. DeSales' senior Luke Thompson would fall into that category. Thompson seven of his 15 points in the fourth quarter as the Colts beat rival St. Xavier, 70-65, Friday in a semifinal game of the Republic Banks Louisville Invitational Tournament at Valley.


No. 2 seed DeSales (15-5) will play No.1 seed Ballard (14-1) a 70-65 winner over Fern Creek. Ballard beat DeSales 88-83 on February 13. It will be only the second time the Colts have advanced to the championship game. Lexington Lafayette beat the Colts in 1979.


"When most people think of DeSales they think of Devin (Perry) and Sekou (Kalle)," said Thompson. "They are big time players but at the end of the day it takes five players. You have to have some role players get rebounds, make passes and just play defense."


DeSales owned an 81-56 win over the Tigers on January 26. But this game was much different. St. X's Ayden Mudd, a Bellarmine signee, didn't play in that game because of an injury.


St. X (17-7) led by as many as six points early but a late spurt by DeSales gave the Colts a 36-28 halftime lead scoring the last seven points.


But the Tigers roared back scoring 11 straight points taking a 39-38 lead with 4:27 in the third quarter. The Tigers Calvin Schubert who scored 16 points, had eight points during the run.

A three by Cole Sherman who finished with 13 points connected for a 48-45 lead. But DeSales regained the lead on reserve Carter Bischoff's three with 22 seconds in the third quarter. Kalle, who led all scorers with 26 points and 15 rebounds got a layup, a dunk to start the fourth quarter and Thompson a basket for a 58-50 lead.


A Bischoff three pushed the Colts lead to 65-59 and a basket by Thompson made it 68-61 with 37.8 seconds remaining.

St. X had a difficult time keeping the ball out of Kalle's hands. The 6-foot-10 forward made 11 of 18 shots from the floor.

"We had some tough matchups," said St. X coach Kevin Klein. "They've got a great big man where they can just throw it up. He's got great hands, great touch. He positions himself very well."


This game was much different when the two played a little over a month ago. "This game wasn't for lack of effort," said Klein. "I'm really proud of the way our guys competed. It was really fun to work with this group. We had tenacity and toughness and togetherness."


Mudd finished with 13 points and seven rebounds while senior leading scorer Ben Varga had 10 points on four of 17 shooting from the field. He was two of 10 on threes. DeSales made it difficult for Varga to get good looks especially in the fourth quarter when he missed seven straight shots.


"Ben got some good looks and I think he rushed a little," said Klein. "Ben was just trying to be that guy and wanted to make plays so badly. He's made a lot of big shots for us all year."

DeSales shot a sizzling 54.2 percent from the field (26 of 48). In the second half the Colts were 13 of 22 for 59.1 percent. DeSales had only seven turnovers.


"Kalle is the best big man in the state," said DeSales coach Damien Anderson. "He battles. We're lucky to have him."

Anderson was happy with Bischoff and Thompson’s play as well. "He (Bischoff) made a big three in the corner and had a couple of assist to take the pressure off Devin. He really stepped up."


As for Thompson. "He's kind of dominated some games," said Anderson. "A lot of times he defends the other team best player. To me, he keeps the other teams best player under his average is points for us. He guarded Varga who is a great shooter."


DeSales has its sights on a championship. It won't be easy against the Bruins, the defending champions. "It's great for our guys and our school. It's been a long week already. We have a game Monday (Butler) for the number one seed in the district."



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