Fenwick stayed a game ahead of Loyola in the battle for runner-up to Hales Franciscan in the Chicago Catholic (North) League by annihilating De La Salle with an offensive explosion on Friday at the Fieldhouse in Oak Park.
The Friars (15-6, 9-2) had all five of its starters score in double-digits in a high-scoring 83-64 victory over the Meteors. Peter Flowers had an impressive all-around game, scoring 18 points and hauling down 17 rebounds. Kelvin Johnson scorched De La Salle's defense for 17 points. Steve Marifjeren, known usually for his unyielding defensive play, tallied a year-high 15 points. Blake Neilsen scored 14 points, including nailing 4-of-5 at the free-throw line during crucial points in the game. Michael Alexander chipped in 10 points to go along with his four rebounds and three assists.
Fenwick held a 10-point lead after one quarter, which led to a 41-33 advantage at the break.
"They were just clicking out there," said Fenwick head coach John Quinn. "Everyone shot well."
The Friars had one of their best games at the free-throw line, with the five starters hitting 17 of 19 shots.
Fenwick's ubiquitous scoring threat wasn't enough to snag a game away from league leader and seventh-ranked Hales Franciscan on Nov. 1. After staying even at 28-28 at the half, Hales jumped on a 9-2 run at the start of the third quarter, and followed it up with a 9-0 run at the end of the same period to eventually win 72-64.
Fenwick's Newman Delaney hit a 3-pointer in the fourth to cut the deficit to four points, but Hales held on for the victory.
The Friars shot well, hitting 29 baskets to Hales' 21, but their opponent did most of the damage at the free-throw line. Hales went 25 of 31 from the charity stripe, including 11 of 12 by Nate Minnoy, who led his team with 21 points.
Johnson, who was stymied by foul trouble in the first half, led the Friars with 19 points. Alexander scored 14 points for the Friars. Flowers had 11 points and nine rebounds. Blake added 12 points and seven rebounds.
"Although it's wonderful to have four or five players score in double-digits, we need to have players come off the bench and make an impact," said Quinn. Delaney was the lone Friar to score off the bench against Hales.
Fenwick travels into Chicago this Friday (7:30 p.m.) to take on Loyola Academy. Jeffery Jordan, son of legendary basketball star Michael Jordan, currently leads the Ramblers in scoring with 14 points per game.