Overtime? Not on this night.
Adam Dolesh, Desmond Bane and Rhett Butler made sure of that.
Following Saturday’s thrilling overtime victory over Providence Cristo Rey, Bane and Dolesh had double-doubles, Butler finished with a game-high 24 points and Seton Catholic ran away with a 68-32 victory over Randolph Southern on Tuesday night.
“It was good, because it’s a sectional opponent, and it’s on the road,” Seton coach Josh Jurgens said. “You’ve got to come ready to play for every sectional opponent, you’ve got to make a statement to the sectional, (and) I think that’s what we did tonight. We get fired up for these sectional games. Our seniors stepped up and Desmond played like the best player on the floor. That’s what he is; that’s what we need every time.”
Jurgens said Dolesh had started every game so far this season, but after Cliff Dickman scored 31 points in Saturday’s 78-73 victory, Dickman got the start and Dolesh came off the bench Tuesday.
On a mission.
The 6-foot-1 senior scored 12 points and added 10 rebounds, four assists and a game-high five steals, helping the Cardinals pull even on the season at 2-2.
“We played well as a team and Cliff played really well last game, so coach gave him the start,” Dolesh said. “I had to give a good spark off the bench — points, and everything else I could. We played well as a team, and we did a good job on the offensive rebounds.”
Bane scored 23 points and had 10 rebounds, two blocks, two steals and three assists.
Seton built its lead early, leading by as many as 12 in the first quarter and 19-9 after the opening period.
The lead grew to 40-16 at halftime and 54-28 after three periods, and the 36-point final margin was the biggest lead of the day.
The Cardinals have now won four straight against Randolph Southern (0-4), including sectional games, after starting 0-6 against the Rebels.
Additionally, it was first-year Southern coach Scott Beaman’s first time facing his former team. Beaman led the Cardinals from 2007-11.
“It was weird hearing the home team and hearing Seton Catholic in the pre-game and it’s not me,” Beaman said. “That was a little bizarre, but hat’s off to them, they played well. They’re a very good team.
” … I think the Doleshes played really well. Desmond is Desmond. He might be the best player in our sectional.”
Dillon Jones had a double-double of his own for the Rebels, scoring 11 points and adding 10 rebounds. Clayton Retter added nine points, while Baylee Farner had seven to go along with his five rebounds.
“(Jones) did not play well against Union City. He really stepped up tonight and played better. I thought Baylee Farmer was fantastic tonight, just really played hard for 32 minutes,” Beaman said. “We have to find a way to score under pressure, and that’s been our biggest problem from Day 1. Every time we’ve faced any kind of pressure, we’ve had trouble. … That’s something we’ve got to work on.”
The Cardinals travel Saturday to Tri-County North.
The Rebels play Friday at Centerville.