DK boys put together big turnaround at Parchment
Delton Kellogg guard Thomas Sheldon rises up for a jumper during his team's SAC Valley win at Galesburg-Augusta Friday night. (Photo by Perry Hardin)
It wasn't a win Tuesday night, but it was certainly a positive evening for the Delton Kellogg boys.
The Delton Kellogg boys had a three-point lead and the ball with about 80 seconds remaining at Parchment Tuesday, but just couldn't quite hold on in a 51-49 loss to the host Panthers. It was the second meeting between the two non-conference rivals, and a big improvement for Delton Kellogg after falling to the Parchment boys by 40 points the first time around.
“I was not sure what kind of effort I was going to get from the boys,” DK head coach Jason Howland said. “I can not say enough about the way they came out once again and united as a team, and played their hearts out.”
Turnovers have been the Delton Kellogg boys' bugaboo this and showed up to haunt them in the closing moments again Tuesday as the Parchment boys nudged back in front with five seconds remaining.
“We were able to get a (last) shot off, but came up short,” Howland said. “My team came and gave it all they had, we gave ourselves a chance to win the game and that is all I can ask. Unfortunately we ended up on the wrong side in the end. It was probably our best complete game of the season on both ends of the court.”
Blake Thomas, who coach Howland said is usually known for his defensive game, led the DK boys with 17 points in the loss. Dawson Grizzle had nine points, 16 rebounds and seven assists. Tommy Sheldon added nine points for DK.
The loss drops the DK boys to 9-10 overall this season. They closed out a 6-6 Southwestern Athletic Conference Valley Division season last Friday with a 69-41 win at Galesburg-Augusta.
Howland said his guys continued to adjust to life without big center Cole Pape, who is out with an injury, things clicked pretty well on the defensive end especially Friday. The defensive effort led to some easy offense in transition.
Grizzle had another big night, with 17 points, 15 rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Jaden Ashley had 18 points and Jacob Kemp nine in the win.
DK is slated to close the regular season at Fennville tonight (March 5).