RICHMOND — DeSales is soaking up the experience of its first boys' Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic.
After the Colts slipped by Hazard 56-52 in overtime in Friday night's quarterfinals, first-year coach John Mingus brought all 15 of his players to the interview room in McBrayer Arena.
"I want everybody to see what it's like," Mingus said.
It was appropriate because it was a team effort that carried DeSales past All "A" veteran Hazard, which was here for the fourth year in a row.
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After stumbling through the first half, the Colts found their stride.
Hazard Coach Al Holland said the difference was that DeSales "outhustled" his team, scrapping for loose balls and rebounds.
"When we get outrebounded," Holland said, "it's hard for us to win."
It didn't help that the Bulldogs shot only 29 percent in the second half and overtime.
DeSales, which trailed by six at halftime, rallied to take a brief lead at 44-43.
After Josh Whitaker's three-point play put Hazard back on top 46-44, the Colts answered with two free throws by Rick Roush, then edged ahead 48-46 on Corum Sanford's two free throws.
Hazard forced overtime thanks to a nifty spin move and layup by B.J. Combs with three seconds left.
"That kept us alive," Holland said.
But not for long.
DeSales dominated the extra period, building a seven-point lead behind Sanford and Brandon Ritchie.
"We've played a couple of overtime games before, so we knew we had to come out in overtime, jump on 'em and keep rolling," said Ritchie, who led the winners with 15 points and eight rebounds.
Sanford had 14 points and seven rebounds. Roush and Brandon Brooks combined for 17 points.
Hazard won this tournament in 2004 and reached the semifinals the past three years. But the Bulldogs came up short this time around.
"Give (DeSales) credit. They made plays down the stretch, and we didn't," said Whitaker, a senior point guard who led the Bulldogs with 13 points and five rebounds.
Eric Back had 11 points, and Combs added 10 for Hazard, which had an eight-game winning streak snapped.
Shelby Valley 80, Danville 56: For one quarter, at least, Danville surprised everybody, including defending champion Shelby Valley.
The underdog Admirals dug out of an early 14-4 hole and took an 18-14 lead going into the second quarter.
Then came a reality check.
Shelby Valley hit Danville with a 22-4 blitz and wound up rolling to a 24-point victory and earning a semifinal date with eight-time champ University Heights.
"We've done that all year — we get out to a quick lead, then start settling for bad shots," Shelby Valley Coach Jason Booher said. "You'd think with a senior-led team we'd learn by now. We've gotta keep learning."
Shelby Valley enjoyed balanced scoring — Elisha Justice had 19 points, Tyler Newsome 16, and Ashley Hatfield and Taylor Newsome added 15 apiece.
Danville's Jacody Taylor had 21 points and Duran Elmore had 14.
The game wasn't over until almost midnight, which meant the Wildcats would have a quick turnaround to face University Heights in Saturday afternoon's semifinals.
"But we're used to that," Booher said, "Last year we played Elliott County (in the semifinals), and two hours later played Bardstown in the championship game."
University Heights 55, Owensboro Catholic 50: UHA is in the semifinals for the 13th time in 16 appearances in the small-school tournament.
The Blazers, who've won this event eight times, were coolly efficient in the clutch against Owensboro Catholic. They scored on every possession in the last three minutes.
Matt McGowan hit four consecutive free throws in the last 20 seconds to help keep UHA in control. He finished with 16 points.
Ryan Hudson had 14 points for the winners, and T.J. Smith added 10 points and nine rebounds.
Owensboro Catholic, which was runner-up here in 2006, was led by Neil Lanham's 14 points, nine rebounds and four assists.
Glasgow 58, Walton-Verona 44: Through three quarters, Walton- Verona Coach Dan Trame said, his underdogs had 24th-rated Glasgow "scrambling, trying to find answers." The Bearcats led 42-40 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter.
Then everything changed.
Cameron Hall hit back-to-back jumpers to put Glasgow ahead and, from then on, the Scotties spread the floor and hit a bunch of free throws, and their defense almost pitched a shutout.
Glasgow wound up outscoring Walton-Verona 18-2 over the last seven minutes to earn a spot in the semifinals.
Scotties Coach Jeff Hall said his team was in "win-the-game mode" when it went to the spread, "and the kids executed it great."
Cameron Hall, the coach's son who had 34 points in a first-round win over Campbellsville, had a tougher time against the Bearcats.
Trame used a box-and-one in the first half to keep Hall in check. After Dean Glass hit back-to-back threes midway through the second half, Walton-Verona switched to a triangle-and-two.
But Hall, who has committed to Campbellsville University, still filled up his stat line: 21 points, eight assists, six rebounds, four steals.
"The kid's good," Trame said.
Glass had 15 points, Parker Cash added nine, and Kerrington Bradley contributed eight points and nine rebounds.
Walton-Verona was led by Brandon Bowlin's 13 points and Jordan Ponzer's 12. Camron Burns, a 6-foot-8 senior, had 10 points and six rebounds.