Seton Catholic expected a run out of Daleville.
The Cardinals also expected to offer a response.
Respond they did. The Cardinals rattled off 20 straight points in the first half on the way to sending their seniors out in style at Chuck Mosey Gymnasium with a 63-42 victory on Tuesday.
It was the final home game of the season for Seton. The Broncos tried to play spoiler, scoring the first seven points of the game.
The Cardinals responded with a 20-0 run. Their lead never dipped below double figures after that.
“It was really emotional starting out,” said Seton senior Adam Dolesh. “We wanted to win really bad, because it’s the last game here. We tried to do anything we could to win.”
Dolesh scored 14 points to lead Seton’s five seniors, though each classmate contributed to the victory. Rhett Butler scored seven points with six rebounds, Tyler Dolesh swished a 3-pointer, Brady Gray scored five points and Cody Bishop grabbed a rebound as the Cardinals rose to 12-7.
“It was an emotional night. These kids have been here for four years, and they’ve played hard for four years,” said Seton coach Josh Jurgens. “For them to come out and get that win, and how this program has been built up over the last few years, they’re a big part of that. It was good for them to come out and get this win.”
Seton will finish with double-digit victories and a winning record in back-to-back seasons for the first time in program history. The Cardinals have participated in the IHSAA as a sectional-eligible team since the 2006-07 season.
Seton’s Desmond Bane led all players with 20 points and 15 rebounds, and Jurgens said the sophomore also dished 10 assists.
“He’s been flirting with a triple-double a couple times and he finally got it tonight,” Jurgens said. “It’s nice for him.”
Daleville surged to a 7-0 lead before Bane ended Seton’s scoring drought at 4:44 of the first quarter.
That opened the floodgates. Butler nailed a trey next, and Cliff Dickman tied the game 7-7 with 4:18 left in the frame.
By the time Adam Dolesh started the second quarter with a 3-pointer, the Cardinals were in control 20-7.
“We had to get out there. Once they made the run, we called a quick timeout,” Dolesh said. “We knew they had a run in them. We just had to counteract that.”
Daleville went nearly 6 minutes without a point until Garrett Craig converted a free throw early in the second quarter.
Seton stretched its lead to 37-19 by halftime. The Broncos clawed within 11 points on multiple occasions in the second half, but the Cardinals pulled back ahead each time.
“I knew they would come out fired up,” Jurgens said of the Broncos. “I thought our kids fought back really hard and played really well and started playing our basketball.”
Dickman scored eight points with six rebounds for Seton, while freshman Billie Webster added six points.
It was the third straight win for Seton, and the Cardinals’ seventh in eight games. They return to action Friday at Cowan.
Seton also drew a bye in Class A Sectional 56 at Blue River. The Cardinals will play the winner of Blue River-Tri High in a semifinal on March 7.
“You want to start peaking around sectional time, and I think that’s what we’re doing,” Jurgens said.