Without a star player that can score at will consistently, the Fenwick boys basketball team seems to be getting it done with a good old-fashioned collective effort.
On Friday, nine Friars scored, prompting a 60-30 victory over Loyola. On Saturday, eight Friars finished with seven or more points in an 83-44 win over Luther North.
“The team seems to be improving each game,” said Fenwick head coach John Quinn, whose Friars pushed their overall record to 4-2. “Guys are coming off the bench to give us a lift on offense, while our defense is playing outstanding.”
The Friars held Loyola leading scorer Mike Lang, who usually averages around 24 points per game, to just two on Friday night.
Dylan Barnett led Fenwick against Loyola with 11 points to go along with his four assists and two steals. Tyler Sewall added eight points.
After leading 24-13 at halftime, the Friars outscored the Ramblers 22-4 in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach. Sophomore Pat Hart came off the bench to add nine, while Sam Ainsworth added eight.
Jared Prince, a 6-foot-7 senior, had 15 points for Loyola.
The one area the Friars seemed to falter on Friday night was at the free-throw line. The team made just 9 of 21 shots at the charity stripe.
Fenwick led Luther 40-21 by halftime and 62-37 at the end of the third quarter. The team scored 20 or more points in three of the four quarters.
“We’re developing into a team that can play nine kids in our rotation and that’s a good thing,” said Quinn. “It gives us a lot of room to grow. These wins are a big confidence builder for us.”
The Friars travel to Gordon Tech on Friday (7:30 p.m.) and return home to host Conant on Saturday (6:30 p.m.).