Holding Bradley-bound point guard Sam Maniscalco to 17 points-he torched the Friars for 38 last year-Fenwick emerged Saturday from the finale of the three-game St. Patrick Thanksgiving Tournament with a 45-35 victory over the hosts after posting two wins earlier in the week.
“We won all three games, which was our first goal for this season,” said Fenwick head coach John Quinn. “We got contributions from many different players.”
Deeming the Shamrocks a “team in transition” outside of Maniscalco, the senior who shot 16-of-16 from the free throw line in St. Patrick’s four-point win over the Friars in the same tournament last year, Quinn credited Nick Caldicott and Larry Walker with clamping down on the Shamrocks’ star.
“Maniscalco scored 15 in the fourth quarter alone last year, and we held him to just one field goal in the fourth quarter on Saturday,” Quinn said.
Fenwick made four three-pointers in the first quarter to lead 19-10 after one. The lead grew to 25-15 before St. Patrick used a 10-0 burst to tie the game early in the third quarter. The Friars led 32-28 after three and the Shamrocks never got closer than two points the rest of the way.
With senior point guard Newman Delany just returning from the football team and not yet ready to start, Fenwick trotted out an unusual lineup in which the only starters with much previous varsity experience were underclassmen-juniors Walker and Tartt and sophomore Xavier Humphrey. They were joined by senior Ryan Harbour and junior Matt Condron.
Tartt and Caldicott paced Fenwick with 10 points each against St. Patrick. Four players reached double figures in Friday’s 86-55 win over Streamwood: Walker (18), Humphrey (16), Harbour (14), and Tartt (13).
Humphrey scored 18 in three quarters in a 76-45 thumping of North Chicago in the season opener on Nov. 22, which Quinn called one of the best season-opening games in his 22 years at Fenwick.
“We’re going 10 players deep and getting balanced scoring-scoring from all five spots on the floor,” Quinn said. “We’ve got a core of very young and talented players.”
Humphrey, Harbour, Tartt, and Walker were all named to the All-Tournament team. Maniscalco was named tournament MVP, but Fenwick held him in check enough to turn last year’s four-point loss into a 10-point win.