It was the Fenwick boys basketball team’s best offensive production of 2006 thus far that led to a 73-56 dismantling of Chicago Catholic (North) League foe St. Laurence in Burbank on Friday night.

The Friars (11-7, 3-1), who have struggled the last few months to put together a consistent threat on offense throughout a game, outplayed the Vikings all four quarters. Fenwick took an 18-7 lead after one period, which was aided by accurate free-throw shooting?#34;the team hit 5 of 6 from the line.

The Friars continued to gain momentum in the second quarter, outscoring St. Laurence 20-8 to grab a 38-15 lead at the break.

Peter Flowers, who returned to the lineup after straining his back last week, railed off a triple-double of 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks. The 10 blocks were a career high for the senior forward.

Tim Shaw added 14 points for the Friars, while Newman Delaney chipped in 11 points to go along with his six assists. Freshman Xavier Humphrey finished with seven points.

The Friars connected on 17 of 22 shots from the free-throw line, and were just as aggressive on the defensive side of the ball. St. Laurence’s top player Tom Kopko was held to just 10 points, and the Vikings only managed hitting 1 of 18 three-pointers in the game.

“I think we’re starting to hit our stride,” said Fenwick head coach John Quinn, whose team reached 70-plus points in a game for the first time this season. “We always seem to do better in the second half of the season.”

In the last five years, the Friars are 29-2 in the month of January.

“This is a young team we have, but they are certainly capable of winning big games,” said Quinn. The Friars have defeated such previously ranked teams as Proviso East and Hales Franciscan this season.

Fenwick took on CL leaders Loyola Academy Tuesday night (before deadline). The Friars hope to continue their quest for a league title when they travel to Gordon Tech on Friday (7:30 p.m.).

“Loyola will be a huge game, but it won’t be a roadblock for us if we don’t get by them,” said Quinn. “We just need to keep up the momentum.”

Fenwick and other local teams will travel deep into Chicago to play their sectional games. Fenwick, OPRF and Riverside Brookfield were all placed in the Farragut Sectional. Quinn said he was baffled by the news.

“It’s unusual to me that no big schools [in the area] wanted to or could host a sectional,” said Quinn.

Host schools for the regionals to begin in late February include Proviso West, Lyons Township, OPRF and Riverside Brookfield.


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Brad Spencer

Brad Spencer has been covering sports in and around Oak Park for more than a decade, which means the young athletes he once covered in high school are now out of college and at home living with their parents...