No. 4 Sacred Heart charges back to dump Chiefs

Monday, December 19, 2011
Sophomore Keaton Graf (23) drew a foul while attacking the rim, making both free throws to give the Chiefs a 10-point lead over Sacred Heart. (Chris Allen/Democrat-News)

SEDALIA -- Senior Jared Dey erupted for 21 points and 15 rebounds Saturday as fourth-ranked Sacred Heart came from behind for a 64-54 victory over the Santa Fe boys' basketball team in the W-K Chevrolet/State Fair Community College Shoot-out at Sedalia.

The Gremlins needed something special, having lost their top post player -- 6-foot-4 senior Caleb Morrison -- to an ankle injury prior to facing a team with four 6-3 or taller forwards.

However, the Chiefs aren't running on all cylinders yet, this being their third loss in the last four games.

"Too many poor decisions with the ball, too many missed lay-ups, too many silly fouls," head coach Travis Zahl ticked off a list of Santa Fe's difficulties. "You can't do that against a good team."

Senior Cody Schmidt made three buckets in the first three minutes as the Chiefs charged out to an 8-3 lead, but a three-pointer by sophomore Stefan Cox and a pair of Dey free throws evened the contest.

Sophomore Keaton Graf knocked down a perimeter jumper and Santa Fe led by three points early in the second period before going on a 10-3 run. Schmidt scored twice, junior Andrew Curry got loose inside and Graf sank four free throws for a 25-15 margin with three minutes remaining in the half.

However, Sacred Heart ended the frame with an 11-3 surge, the Chiefs not scoring from the field despite three offensive rebounds, to head into the break down by two points.

The third period would feature six lead changes, the last coming on senior Ross Heimsoth's drive to the rack with 43 seconds left. Junior Chad Tieman's lay-up beat the buzzer to send Santa Fe into the fourth quarter with a three-point lead, promptly lost when senior Lakin Kehde buried a bomb for the Grems.

Curry converted a conventional three-point play with 5:11 remaining in the game to put the Chiefs ahead, 52-51, but they shot one for nine from the floor the rest of the way.

"Their guards were very quick," Zahl said. "I thought we had a hard time matching up with the them."

Dey hit two freebies and freshman Garrett Strange twice connected from the low post. Senior Jeff Kuntz's basket got Santa Fe to within five points with 1:07 to go, but sophomore Jerrion Jackson scored in transition at 48 seconds -- while being intentionally fouled, although it led to no extra points -- to seal the win.

Cox had 15 points and Kehde contributed eight points, four assists and four steals for Sacred Heart (6-0).

The Chiefs (4-3) got 16 points from Schmidt and 10 points and 11 rebounds fro Kuntz. Santa Fe will head to Trenton on Wednesday for a tilt with Gallatin in the North Central College Shoot-out.

"We've got to get mentally tougher, communicate, finish shots and rebound," Zahl again rattling off a laundry list of required improvements. "We've got a lot of work to do to get to where we need to be."

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