The Fenwick boys basketball team heads up to Hillside for the holidays to once again take part in the Proviso West Holiday Hoops Tournament. Only this time, the Friars are the small fish in a very large pond.
It's been a while since the Fenwick girls basketball team has had such an incentive to win a major tournament. The Friars hadn't needed any motivation because they were usually the team being handed the trophy at the end of tournaments — until last year.
It's not a Fiero, a Grand Am, a Bonneville or a Grand Prix. It's a high school basketball tournament. It's the Pontiac Holiday Basketball Tournament and the OPRF boys basketball program has been participating in it for more than 35 years.
If you're a private citizen, I want you to take the bullets out of the Bushmaster Carbine M4A3 rifle you purchased at Wal-Mart and then I want you to incinerate the gun, melt it down to nothing, take a hacksaw to it, flatten it with a steamroller. I don't really care how you do it, just destroy it.
This is what you're going to do: You're going to resume your spot on the couch, continue to don your guacamole-stained Bears shirt, and hang in there for two more regular season games. Shut up and quit your sniveling. There's no alternative. You're going to do it.
With the scoring tandem of Dan Dwyer and Luke Lattner out of the lineup, the Fenwick boys basketball team didn't have much fire power heading into its showdown against Brother Rice on Friday night. The Friars hung around for a quarter before succumbing to a 58-34 loss.