Not only did Fenwick’s 45-33 victory over Morton give the Friars a regional title on Thursday night, but the win marked the seventh straight year the program has surpassed 30 wins in a single season.

Fenwick (31-1) took its stingy defense and up-tempo style of an offense to Riverside Brookfield last night to face fourth-seeded Proviso East in the first round of the RB Sectional (after deadline). A win would mean advancement to face either the sectional host or area-rival Trinity on Thursday night (7:30 p.m.).

The Friars knocked Trinity out of the playoffs last season, and if this season’s regional championship was any indication of what the team is capable of, then Trinity or RB is in for a tough matchup.

Against Morton, the Friars actually struggled offensively, but never lost control of the game. The team shot a dismal 18 for 54 from the field, including 3 for 20 from three-point range, and only managed to connect on 6 of 14 from the free-throw line. Nevertheless, Fenwick relied on its overpowering defense to lead the way. The team forced 26 turnovers in the game.

“It was probably our worst shooting night all season,” said Fenwick head coach Dave Power. “But the good thing was we didn’t let it affect the way we played on defense. We stayed in control, and were able for the most part to play our style of basketball.”

Power said he was glad that Morton put up such a fight, even though Fenwick’s opponent was never really in a position for an upset.

“They had a game plan and that was to try and slow us down, and they accomplished that,” he said. “They made us work for the win, and that’s good. We can’t let our guard down at all during the playoffs.”

Devereaux Peters led the Friars with 16 points. The junior also had 10 rebounds and five blocks. Alison Jackson added 10 points.

“I feel we’re in excellent shape right now,” said Power of his team that has gone undefeated against opponents from Illinois this season. “It’s been a long four months and we played a really tough schedule. So, I think we’re prepared to return the State tournament. There will be no easy games at this point.”

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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...