Fenwick     84
Holy Trinity 62

The anticipation was palpable as the five improbable starters checked into the game. They knew it was their last game on their home floor and they wanted to make the best out of the rare opportunity of being introduced in front of family and friends.

Leslie Drake, Reid Rooney, Jack Hickey, Will Marshall and Eddie Crane-that was the starting five for the Fenwick boys basketball team when the Friars routed non-conference foe Holy Trinity 84-62 on Senior Night at the field house Friday. After they were honored at mid-court before the game and in front of a boisterous student section, the seniors took care of business.

Rooney (9 points) came out on fire, scoring seven points in the first minute to help Fenwick jump out to a 17-5 first quarter lead. Drake’s dramatic tip-in at the first quarter buzzer had him in the lineup when the regular starters returned to the floor for the second quarter. He finished the game with 10 points.

In the second quarter, John Comfort picked up where Rooney left off, scoring 10 points in the period while the Friars built a 38-28 halftime lead. The senior forward ended up with a team-high 16 points.

“We play our best basketball when everyone is looking for each other,” Comfort, a senior headed to Princeton in the fall, said about Fenwick’s unselfishness.

There was so much ball distribution that 13 different Friars got into the scoring column.

“We have good team confidence,” said Fenwick head coach John Quinn. “We’re playing well together and we are being unselfish. We have a lot of guys who can score. I was very proud of our seniors who started. They break their tales in practice every day.”

The Friars (15-5), who have yet to lose in 2008-a stretch of eight straight wins-weren’t satisfied with a 10-point halftime lead. They jumped all over the Tigers in the third quarter. Back-to-back layups by Comfort built a commanding 50-32 lead with 5:05 remaining in the period. Xavier Humphrey exploded for 10 of his 12 points in that quarter including two from long distance.

Keyed by Crane’s backcourt pressure in the opening period, Fenwick’s tenacious on-the-ball defense pressured Holy Trinity out of its offense and led to easy buckets on the other end.

With Evan Okrzesik applying the pressure in the third, the Friars outscored their opponents 36-11 in the frame.

The story on Senior Night was the contribution of the starting seniors though, who set the tone for an easy Fenwick victory.

“They (the starting seniors) work as hard as anyone day in and day out,” Comfort added.

Vernon Young scored a game-high 18 points for the Tigers (11-14).

Last week, Fenwick sent a message to its Catholic League North competition when they trounced Loyola 74-45 with Comcast cameras rolling. Comfort led the way in the televised game with 16 points, while Humphrey added 13 and Derek Tartt scored 11.

Fenwick’s game at Gordon Tech last Friday was postponed due to inclement weather.

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