TOUCHET — DeSales had four players hit double figures as it routed Tri-Cities Prep, 75-57, in a Southeast 2B boys basketball tie-breaker Tuesday night.
The Irish (7-4 SE2B, 12-9 overall) claim the No. 3 seed into the District tournament with the victory.
The Jaguars travel travel to Colfax to play Reardan Thursday at 7:30 p.m. for the final District spot.
“We got a lot of looks, lots of assists and lots of contributions,” DeSales coach Allyn Griffin said of the victory. “We played about as complete as we can. As far as unification, as far as being a team, we played as close as we have as a team all year long.”
Travis Haen led the Irish with 17 points, followed by Matt Moore, who came off the bench to score 16, 10 of which came in the second half.
“I would like for him (Moore) to be on the court all of the time, never take a rest,” Griffin said. “Obviously, that is not possible. I intentionally didn’t start and sat him for awhile tonight because I wanted to see some things before he got in there to do some things.
“He is remarkable player... he is probably one of the top guards in the state. He did a great job tonight.”
Daryl Galloway came off the bench to score 15 points.
“Daryl really did a tremendous job tonight,” Griffin said.
Sophomore Cameron Richman scored 13 points and Luke Fazzari added eight.
DeSales built a 24-19 lead after a fast-and-furious first quarter.
Adam Eskil blocked the Jaguars’ opening shot and passed it ahead to his teammates, who found Fazzari for the transition layup.
Next, Eskil found Richman on a cut to the basket for an easy bucket to make the score 4-0, Irish, with 6:45 remaining.
Jorge Guajardo hit a 3-pointer from the right wing to pull the Jags within a point, and Brady Ver Steeg made one of two free throws to tie the game at four apiece and the teams traded baskets to the second.
The Irish closed the quarter on an 11-8 run as the see-saw battle continued.
Galloway hit two bombs from downtown and Richman added another. Richman also scored on the left block to fuel the run.
But DeSales outscored the Jaguars 19-8 in the second quarter to break the game open.
Haen and Moore led the run with six points apiece.
DeSales went to the break up 43-27 and the Irish cruised from there despite a slowing of the pace in the third period.
“We had a lull in the third quarter,” Griffin explained. “I just wanted to take time off the clock. That is a very bad time to do that, so I apologize to my team for that. My guys responded and bailed me out.”
Tri-Cities Prep wasn’t able to make up much ground however, only narrowing the Irish lead to 52-39 at the end of the period.
DeSales put the petal to the metal the entire fourth quarter and expanded its lead to 18 by the end of the game.
“You can’t really key on one person on our team,” Griffin said. “We’ve got depth; we can run, get tired and get quality subs in. Tonight was a key win for us.”
Griffin wasn’t ready to count the Jags out, however.
“We respect that team tremendously,” Griffin said. “They are a very good team, they’re not finished by any means. If you leave them open, they will knock down some shots. The first time we played them, they beat us by almost thirty points.”
DESALES 75, TRI-CITIES PREP 57
T-C PREP (57) — Jor. Guajardo 4 0-0 11, Jos. Guajardo 5 3-4 13, Ver Steeg 2 2-4 6, Perez 3 4-4 11, #33 2 0-1 4, Rivas 3 0-0 6, Loftus 1 1-2 3, Ledesma 1 2-2 4, Hinkson 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 11-17 57.
DESALES (75) — Fazzari 4 0-0 8, Richman 6 0-0 13, Eskil 0 2-4 2, Haen 7 2-2 17, Moore 7 2-5 16, Galloway 5 2-3 15, Roach 0 2-2 2, Richard 0 0-0 0, Cortez 0 0-0 0, Leconte 1 0-0 2. Totals 30 10-16 75.
T-C 19 8 12 18 — 57
DeSales 24 19 9 23 — 75
3-point goals — T-C 4 (Jor. Guajardo 3, Perez), DeS 5 (Richman, Haen, Galloway 3). Total fouls — T-C 18, DeS 15. Fouled out — T-C (Rivas). Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — T-C 20 (ver Steeg 7), DeS 24 (Moore 4). Turnovers — T-C 16, DeS 16.