Lost in transition

Weekend woes plague Friars

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There wasn't much positive for Fenwick basketball coach John Quinn to say after a weekend in which his Fenwick team lost twice, including a 59-50 loss to a St. Francis de Sales squad expected to finish at the bottom of the Catholic League South.

"We had our version of a lost weekend this weekend," Quinn said.

The Friars blew a 13-point second half lead at de Sales Friday night, shooting barely 50 percent from the free-throw line (16-of-31). Randy Wilson hit all 12 of his free throw attempts for de Sales, meanwhile, and finished with 16 points.

"We made the mistake of committing fouls with a lead in the fourth quarter, and they made us pay at the line," Quinn said. "Peter Flowers and Tim Shaw were in foul trouble all night, and Peter fouled out with four minutes left."

Fenwick (2-4) led by 12 at halftime after outscoring de Sales 20-5 in the second quarter. But the Friars were outscored 26-10 in the fourth, and didn't score after Xavier Humphrey made two free throws to pull Fenwick within 52-50 with 54 seconds left. St. Francis de Sales closed the game on a 7-0 run.

Wilson's brother, Tracy, led de Sales with 17 points. Flowers paced the Friars with 10, and Newman Delany (9 pts), Tim Shaw (8 pts), and Nick Harvalis (8 pts) also contributed.

The struggles continued for Fenwick on Saturday when Morton came to town and dealt the Friars their first home loss of the year, 42-36. Fenwick shot a woeful 11 percent from the floor (2-of-19) in the first half and trailed 17-7 after two quarters.

It wasn't a good sign for Fenwick that its leading scorers, with seven points each, were Humphrey, a freshman playing his sixth game, and Delany, a point guard not known for his offense.

"We're in an odd situation right now where our younger players are outplaying the older kids. We're lucky in that we have some talented underclassmen, but we need a more consistent effort from the players we're counting on?#34;our core varsity players, as we'll call them," Quinn said. "I'm looking for the seniors to step up with some consistent play, and we didn't get that this weekend."

With the team at a low point, it wasn't exactly fortuitous that Fenwick's next opponent was Hales Franciscan (Tuesday, after deadline), the consensus No. 1 Class A team in the state.

I think this weekend we might have had a case where we looked past these two teams toward the type of game with Hales," Quinn said. "We tend to play better against good teams, and I think part of the problem this weekend was the kids thinking to themselves, 'We're supposed to beat these teams.'"

Fenwick was set to have its hands full with a Hales team that boasts two Division I recruits, Jerome Randle (California) and Javelle McGee (Nevada). Hales won the Class A title last year behind Nate Minnoy, now at Purdue.

"We've historically played them pretty well," Quinn said, "losing in the final minute last year and taking them to double overtime two years ago. It's certainly not a good match-up with Jerome Randle, because he's pretty quick."

The Friars will wrap up their series of four crossover games with the Catholic League South on Friday night when they visit Seton Academy (7:30 p.m.).

They'll host a team from Pennsylvania, Cathedral High School, on Dec. 20 (7 p.m.).

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