The Fenwick boys basketball team would probably like nothing more than to face someone other than St. Joseph in the early rounds of the playoffs.
The Friars fell 62-48 to the Chargers on Friday night in the Nazareth Regional title game. It was the fifth time in the last six years Fenwick has fallen to St. Joseph in the playoffs, the last three coming in the sectionals.
The Chargers (23-4) jumped on an 11-2 lead in the first before Fenwick cut it to 13-7. The Friars came to within four in the final period with the help of Derek Tartt, who scored all seven of his points in the stanza. But turnovers plagued Fenwick as Evan Turner rattled off seven points of his own to lead the Chargers on a 13-3 run.
The Friars had trouble containing Turner, who finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Sophomore Xavier Humphrey led Fenwick with 15 points, while Newman Delany added seven on 7-for-7 from the free-throw line.
“They scored 20 points off our turnovers which is always the story when we lose to them,” said Fenwick head coach John Quinn. “You just can’t afford to turn the ball over.”
The Friars opened the regional with a 48-43 win over Nazareth. Matthew Condron and Larry Walker paced the team with 11 points apiece.
Fenwick closes out the season with an overall record of 16-10. The team is expected to return most of its players next season, including Humphrey, John Comfort, Condron, Walker, and Tartt.