CENTER VALLEY — On the heels of a big early season victory over Scranton on Wednesday, the King’s men’s basketball team followed up with one of its worst performances in years, as the favored Monarchs fell hard to host DeSales University, 82-55, Saturday.
The Monarchs (4-3, 1-1) were nearly 30 points below their season average of 83.4 points per game.
Vince Scalzo led King’s with 13 points but failed to score in the second half. Vince Sobocinski added 11 points while King’s leading scorer Jamie Cousart was held to seven points on 3-of-7 shooting but posted a game-high 11 rebounds.
DeSales overcame a four-point halftime deficit by outscoring King’s College 43-23 over the game’s final 20 minutes.
Jenna Palumbo led King’s (4-3, 0-2) with 19 points, including four three-pointers, while Andrea Hochstuhl added 11 points and nine boards.
King’s placed ninth among a field of 14 teams at the Petrofes Invitational Tournament at Messiah College.
Jason Reilly was the lone finalist for the Monarchs, as the senior took second at 197-pounds, forfeiting the championship final. Reilly reached the finals by posting three straight pins.
At 133-pounds, King’s all-American David Morgan placed third, Jim Bishop (285) placed fifth and Drew Dehaut (157) was seventh.
The King’s swim teams got in the win column for the first time this season in a tri-meet at Wells College in Aurora, N.Y.
The Lady Monarch swimmers posted a 67-34 win over Cazenovia College while securing a 65-50 win over host Wells. The King’s men downed Wells 35-23 in its lone meet of the day.
Christy Rossowski and Andrew Kulp led their respective teams with three wins each.