“It was night and day,” said John Quinn of his team’s performance over the weekend, and the Fenwick boys basketball coach’s description wasn’t very far off.
The Friars (5-3) went from clobbering Gordon Tech 69-41 in Chicago on Friday night to falling to Conant 47-44 on their home court on Saturday night.
Tyler Sewall scored a career-high 25 points to lead the Friars in the win over Gordon Tech. The 6-foot senior scored 11 in the first quarter and 12 in the third.
Fenwick was on top of its game against the Rams with Dylan Barnett providing 10 assists, John Malone eight rebounds and Peter Haefner 11 points. The Friars’ only deficiency came at the free-throw line where they made just 5-of-11 in the first half.
Saturday was a different story entirely for Fenwick, yet the free-throw shooting remained lackluster (8-of-15). Conant (8-1) jumped on a 7-0 lead to start the game but the Friars managed to come back by the second quarter. Pat Hart came off the bench to score six points and help Fenwick to an 18-15 lead.
Conant’s 6-5 center Avery Osby went right to work in the third, scoring the first nine points of the stanza.
“We just went cold,” said Quinn of his Friars, who didn’t score for a good seven minutes in the second half.
Barnett, Fenwick’s main floor leader, suffered a severe ankle sprain in the third quarter on a loose ball scramble. He did not return to action. Luke Lattner came off the bench to score eight points and keep the Friars in the game.
In the fourth, Osby missed the front end of a free throw and Haefner rimmed Fenwick’s potential game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer. Haefner led Fenwick with nine points. Sewall, saddled with foul trouble for most of the game, finished with six points.
Fenwick now turns its attention to the opening round of the Proviso West Holiday Tournament where the Friars face powerhouse Morgan Park on Monday night (7 p.m.). The Mustangs are led by Louisville-bound Wayne Blackshear. The 6-5, 200-pound shooting guard averaged 29 points last year as a junior.
“We’re looking down the mouth of a Lion right now,” said Quinn, “with the Proviso West Tournament and teams like De La Salle and Hales after the holidays. “We need to get a little more consistent and see some better play out of our big men if we hope to stay competitive in the coming weeks.”
Quinn said he wasn’t sure Barnett would be back for the Proviso West Holiday Tournament. “It could be a high-ankle sprain so we’ll have to evaluate and go for from there.”