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February 20. 2013 1:28AM
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WILKES-BARRE — Tim O'Shea stuck a putback midway through the second half, and King's was back in business. The Monarchs were still hanging around with DeSales, and O'Shea's bucket pulled them within five points.


It was the last field goal they would hit on the night.


King's went the final 9:49 of Wednesday's game without making a shot from the floor, and DeSales took full advantage as the Bulldogs left Scandlon Gymnasium with a 69-55 win.


DeSales held King's to just seven points the rest of the way, all coming from the foul line.


That sums it up, Monarchs coach J.P. Andrejko said. Defensively I thought we did a solid job on them, but … offensively we just didn't have any consistency.


Andrejko said he was pleased with the overall flow of the offense and the Monarchs' ability to get open shots. Few of them fell.


And that's the frustration, he said. You look back at (our last game against Marywood), we had the exact same shots, and we made shots. At some point, you have to learn to finish plays. It's not enough to just execute the offense.


King's (6-8, 1-2 Freedom) shot just 6-for-29 (20.7 percent) from the floor in the second half and finished the game at 30.5 percent. The Bulldogs (11-3, 3-0) shot 52.3 percent while also adding 18 points from the foul line.


DeSales forward Brett Moyer led all players with a double-double, finishing with 22 points and 10 rebounds.


Freshman Tom Heston scored 10 to top the Monarchs while fellow starters Matt Fiorino, Joe Caffrey and Kyle Hammonds each had nine.


 



DeSALES (69): Mike Coleman 3-6 6-9 12, Michael Guldin 1-2 5-6 8, Paul Pammer 3-6 0-0 6, Andrew Kohler 1-3 1-1 3, Brett Moyer 9-12 4-4 22, Kyle Hash 1-2 2-2 4, Ryan Griffin 0-2 0-0 0, Jake Hungarter 1-1 0-1 2, Derek Dalition 0-0 0-0 0, Cody Deal 4-10 0-0 12. Totals 23-44 18-23 69.



KING'S (55): Matt Fiorino 3-9 0-0 9, Joe Caffrey 4-8 0-0 9, Kyle Hammonds 3-11 2-2 9, Tom Heston 4-8 1-1 10, Ian Oakley 0-5 4-6 4, Rich Douglas 0-1 0-0 0, Connor Hughes 0-0 0-0 0, Tim O'Shea 2-8 0-2 4, Mike Foster 1-5 5-6 8, Dalton Ell 0-0 0-0 0, Pat O'Donnell 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 18-59 12-17 55.



Halftime— DeSales, 35-31



3-point field goals— DSU 5-11 (Deal 4-8, Guldin 1-1, Coleman 0-1, Kohler 0-1); KC 7-23 (Fiorino 3-7, Heston 1-1, Caffrey 1-3, Foster 1-5, Hammonds 1-6, O'Shea 0-1)


Lady Monarchs win a big one

The first shot just barely rattled off the rim. Fortunately for King's, Lindsay Atchison had two more chances.


The senior forward calmly hit 2-of-3 free throws to break a tie with 5.3 seconds left, and the Lady Monarchs ultimately pulled out a tense 64-61 win over fellow Freedom Conference frontrunner DeSales at Scandlon Gymnasium.


Tied 51-51 with less than two minutes to play, King's (8-4, 2-1 Freedom) looked to have turned the ball over before Ashley Davies dove out of bounds to rescue it. Her save was wrestled free by Celia Rader, who swung it to Katlin Michaels. The senior found an open Molly Dahl, who buried a three as the shot clock expired.


DeSales (8-5, 1-2) tied it at 61-61 before Atchison was fouled on a three-point attempt from the top of the arc. The Lady Monarchs broke up the ensuing inbounds play and Davies hit a free throw to seal the win.


It was a wild second half and a wild ending to a wild second half, King's coach Brian Donoghue said. It was a great win.


We finished the second half with a lot of minutes by a lot of (veterans). They openly talk about how we've been here before.


King's overcame a brutal stretch to end the second half as DeSales used a 16-0 run to take a 33-26 lead into the break


Dahl (career-high 15 points), Michaels (12) and Atchison (12) helped get the Lady Monarchs back into the game with timely shooting, overcoming a career night by DeSales guard Alexiah Grant, who scored 32.


A lot of good decision-making, Donoghue said. I just really like how they've grown up playing together.


 



DeSALES (61): Alexiah Grant 13-27 3-4 32, Taylor Greene 0-1 0-0 0, Sondrine Glovas 4-10 7-7 17, Megan Gallagher 1-2 2-4 4, Colleen Gavin 2-8 0-0 4, Faith Gilbert 0-2 0-0 0, Alex Suk 0-1 0-0 0, Gabby Scott 1-2 0-0 2, Mikelyn Mackavage 0-0 0-0 0, Julia Duffy 1-1 0-0 2, Brittany Pierzga 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-54 12-15 61.



KING'S (64): Celia Rader 3-7 0-0 9, Ashley Davies 3-9 1-2 8, Molly Dahl 6-12 2-3 15, Katlin Michaels 5-19 1-4 12, Lindsay Atchison 2-11 7-9 12, Gina McLaughlin 0-0 0-0 0, Tara Zdancewicz 0-0 0-0 0, Jessica McHugh 1-2 2-2 4, Kyley Henry 0-0 0-0 0, Jennifer Fabian 1-5 0-0 2, Cassie Erdmann 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 21-65 15-22 64.



Halftime— DeSales, 33-26



3-point field goals— DSU 5-13 (Grant 3-6, Glovas 2-5, Gilbert 0-2); KC 7-21 (Rader 3-6, Atchison 1-2, Davies 1-4, Dahl 1-4, Michaels 1-5)




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