Former Fenwick basketball stars Jason Okrzesik and Vince Humphrey were in the house Saturday night to see their old school play in St. Patrick's 36th annual Thanksgiving tournament. Unfortunately for the Friars, the biggest star they saw on the court was wearing a St. Patrick jersey.
The Shamrocks' Sam Maniscalco torched Fenwick for 38 points, making all 16 of his free throw attempts as St. Patrick downed the Friars 62-58.
"That kid's going to be a Division I point guard pretty soon," Fenwick coach John Quinn told one of his younger players outside the locker room after the game. "Someday you will be too, right?"
Maniscalco, a junior, had 15 of his game-high 38 points in the fourth quarter as the Shamrocks held off a furious charge by Fenwick, which led only once in the game. The Friars trailed by double digits in the first half and didn't get the lead until four minutes remained, but they were down just 52-51 after a putback by freshman Xavier Humphrey (Vince's brother) with 2:21 left.
After four straight points by Maniscalco put St. Patrick up 56-51, a Newman Delany layup brought Fenwick to within three, and a defensive stop gave the Friars a chance to tie with under a minute left. But the Shamrocks forced a five-second call to regain possession with 31 seconds remaining, and Maniscalco hit six more free throws to secure the win.
"He's just a talented kid," Quinn said of Maniscalco. "We tried three or four different guys on him, but he just took over the game. They did a great job of running their offensive set, setting picks for him, and he was incredible from the line."
Fenwick (1-2) fell behind early and didn't get back in the game until the third quarter. They trailed by nine after the first quarter, a deficit which swelled to 14 midway through the second. Maniscalco had 16 points at the break, and St. Patrick was up 27-16.
Tim Shaw (12 points) and Nick Harvalis opened the second half with consecutive three-pointers, and the Friars forced some turnovers with the press to close to 40-37 entering the fourth. Fenwick got its only lead of the game at 49-48 when Harvalis hit another three with 4:20 remaining.
Peter Flowers managed 16 points for the Friars despite being double and triple-teamed most of the night.
Fenwick split its first two games of the tournament, trouncing Streamwood 62-29 on Friday and dropping a squeaker 64-61 to North Chicago on Nov. 23.
The Friars' next game will be their home opener on Friday at 7:30 p.m. against Providence.