DeSales’ Outside Shooting Dooms King’s Men
WILKES-BARRE — Whether they were being contested or not, it really didn’t matter to any of the DeSales players on the floor hanging out on the perimeter. Looking for a way to attack the King’s zone, the Bulldogs found the perfect way: Just make shots.
And DeSales made plenty of them.
The Bulldogs shot 58 percent from the floor in the first half, and made 48.4 percent of their 3-point shots on the afternoon in an 87-76 victory over King’s, Saturday afternoon at McGrane Gymnasium.
“In the first half they were outstanding,” King’s coach J.P. Andrejko said of the Bulldogs. “They were very, very good. When a team shoots that well for 20 minutes it is tough to come back.”
DeSales sophomore guard Matt Kachelries was the difference in the first half. The transfer from Bloomsburg University made 5 of 6 from beyond the 3-point line, and when the Bulldogs weren’t hitting from the outside, they were able to find the open man cutting to the basket, or use the cross-court pass to the opposite wing for an open look. Kachelries finished with 25 points and was 7 of 10 from beyond the arc. Coming into the game, he made 11 3-pointers on the year.
The Bulldogs led by 20 points at the half, but King’s was able to put together a few scoring runs in the second half that forced DeSales to burn a few timeouts to try and settle things down. The Monarchs got as close as 10 with 3:17 left to play following a Joe Lonardi basket. Along with playing much better on the offensive end of the floor, the Monarchs were getting some defensive stops that helped create some offensive to help spur the charge despite DeSales holding its biggest lead of the game at 21 points with 15:55 left to play.
“I think in the second half DeSales cooled off a little bit,” Andrejko said. “I thought we played really well. We made a couple of good runs at that. There was a period around the five minute mark where they grabbed a couple of offensive rebounds. If we secure them we have the chance to take it down a little more. Unfortunately we didn’t get them and the game played out from there.”
King’s was led by freshman forward Jake Pawliczak who finished with a career-high 25 points and pulled down nine rebounds.
“He has been outstanding,” Andrejko said of Pawliczak. “He is a freshman and he is learning how to play. The big thing for him today was his was not in any foul trouble. That is the thing that has hurt him at times, just some silly fouls. That is something young bigs are going to do. On the offensive end, when he gets down on the box he is a tough matchup for anybody in the league. He can use both hands. He is a strong kid and works hard in the weight room and on his game. For a puppy, he is going to keep getting better.”
DeSales remained in first place in the MAC Freedom conference with the win and is now 13-5 overall and 6-1 in the conference. King’s fell to 4-15 and 2-6.
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House 1 0-0 2, Connaghan 4 7-10 17, Kachelries 9 0-0 25, Wing 2 0-6 4, Simsick 3 3-3 11, Pratt 1 2-3 4, Mitchell 4 0-0 8, Bealer 4 0-0 12, Edwards 2 0-0 4. Totals: 30 12-22 87.
Pawliczak 10 5-10 25, Hudak 3 1-2 7, Glinsky 0 0-0 0, Tanner 5 5-5 17, Millan 8 2-2 22, Bailey 1 1-3 3, Hunter 0 0-0 0, Lonardi 1 0-0 2, Willis 0 0-1 0. Totals: 28 14-23 76.
Halftime score: DeSales 46, King’s 26
3-point goals: DeSales — Connaghan (2), Kachelries (7), Simsick (2), Bealer (4). King’s — Tanner (2), Millan (4).