Long stretch: Six-foot-6 Fenwick center John Malone tries to block a shot by Morgan Park's Wayne Blackshear during last week's game at Proviso West.Photos by J. GEIL/Staff Photographer

The Fenwick boys basketball team fell to St. Patrick 50-48 in the semifinals of the consolation round to end its run at the 80th Annual Proviso West Holiday Tournament last week.

The Friars (6-5), who were without starter Dylan Barnett (ankle sprain) for the entire tournament, took a 10-point lead in the opening quarter, but the Shamrocks whittled it down to five before the period ended. In the second period, St. Patrick outscored the Friars 19-10 and went into halftime with a 27-23 lead.

Fenwick rallied in the second half, cutting the deficit to one with a minute left in the final period, but St. Patrick (6-5) held on for the win.

John Malone led the Friars with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Sam Ainsworth finished with nine, seven of which came in the first half.

Kortney Darby led the Shamrocks with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

In their first consolation round game, the Friars downed Hinsdale Central 59-48. Ainsworth tallied a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds in that win. Tyler Sewall added 14 points for the Friars, who led by 14 at halftime and by as much as 28 in the third quarter.

“The win against Hinsdale Central was a good team effort through and through,” said Fenwick head coach John Quinn. “We were hoping it would carry over to the next game, but not having Barnett in the lineup really made an impact.”

It was over before it began for the Friars when they faced fifth-ranked Morgan Park in the first round of the tournament. Louisville-bound Wayne Blackshear scored 15 points to help give his Mustangs a 24-6 lead in just the first quarter alone. Blackshear finished with 40 on the night and Fenwick suffered an 82-56 loss.

Blackshear became the 15th player in tournament history to score 40 or more points in a game. He also finished with 11 rebounds and three blocks in the game.

Sewall led Fenwick with 19 points, hitting five three-pointers. Ainsworth added 13 points for the Friars, who were without Barnett and 6-foot-2 senior forward Peter Haefner (ankle). Malone and sophomore Luke Lattner each chipped in eight apiece.

Morgan Park (5-0) was up 41-24 by halftime and held a 29-point lead at one point in the third quarter. The Mustangs scored 29 points off of Fenwick turnovers.

The Friars return home on Friday to take on unbeaten De La Salle (7:30 p.m.). Led by Illinois-bound Mike Shaw and Division-I prospect Dre Henley, the Meteors are 11-0.

“Like Morgan Park, De La Salle will be a big challenge,” said Quinn. “Hopefully we can get a large crowd to help us along in that one.”

Quinn said he expects to have Barnett back in the lineup this week. Haefner played in the final two games of the Proviso West Tournament.

The Friars also host Ridgewood on Saturday (7 p.m.).

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Brad Spencer

Brad Spencer has been covering sports in and around Oak Park for more than a decade, which means the young athletes he once covered in high school are now out of college and at home living with their parents...