The Friars were dealt three blows over the weekend starting with a 72-63 double-overtime loss to 13th-ranked Brother Rice in an electrifying Catholic League crossover match-up on Friday night at the fieldhouse where starting forward Peter Flowers suffered a concussion that kept him out of a 59-52 loss to Morton on Saturday.
Flowers, who was kicked in the back of the head while scrambling for a loose ball in the first half of Friday night's standing-room only showdown, reentered the game after the injury and finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds.
The Crusaders (5-1, 3-0) turned out to be deadly with the combo of the fleet-footed Bob Frasor and 3-point specialist Kevin Harrigan. The duo combined for 52 points to hand Fenwick (5-2) its first loss on the season.
The Friars trailed 17-9 after one quarter, due mostly to Frasor's quickness to the basket. The North Carolina-bound senior scored 14 points in the first half. But Fenwick eventually took the lead in the second quarter to close out the half up 33-32.
Fenwick's Steve Marifjeren virtually made Frasor an insignificant factor in the second half, holding the star hoopster to just 3 of 7. But Harrigan picked up where Frasor left off, hitting three 3-pointers in the second half, and nailing a key 3-pointer with less than 40 seconds remaining in the first overtime to tie the game 60-60. Harrigan, who finished with a career high 26 points on the night, had a steal and subsequent layup, plus a 3-point play on a foul, in the closing minute of the second overtime that slammed the door on the Friars.
Fenwick had some heroes of its own. Marifjeren was busy on both ends of the court. The senior scored 13 points in the game, including 10 in the second half. Kelvin Johnson added 11 points, and Blake Neilsen punched in 10 points for the Friars.
Poor free throw shooting played a part in Fenwick's demise. The Friars only hit 5 of 10 from the charity stripe in the second overtime.
Flowers, who looked a little disoriented during timeouts in both overtime periods, is expected to return to action in a week or so, possibly for the opening of the Proviso West Holiday tournament.
Flowers' absence and fatigue no doubt played a part in Fenwick's loss to Morton the next night. The Mustangs (6-2) took an early first quarter lead and never relinquished it. The Friars trailed 37-23 at the half.
Fenwick travels to St. Laurence Friday (7:30 p.m.) before taking a 10-day holiday break. Most of the time off will be spent prepping for the Proviso West Holiday tournament, slated to kick-off Dec. 27th.