Boys Basketball: Providence defeats Fenwick
By Tina Akouris firstname.lastname@example.org December 21, 2012 11:28PM
Providence's Kevin Kozan shoots over Fenwick's Scott Lindsey. | Judy Fidkowski~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 24, 2013 6:35AM
Kevin Kozan had a career night despite Fenwick’s best efforts in the second half to thwart him.
Kozan scored 36 points Friday night, helping the Celtics knock off Fenwick 67-65 in Oak Park.
Kozan had 25 points in the first half, but scored just two points in the third quarter.
“Their focus was to take him out, and that’s been a lot of teams’ focus this season,” Providence coach Tim Trendel said.
Fenwick outscored Providence 15-6 in that quarter.
“We knew they were going to come out with pressure, but we didn’t know that they were going to hit us with extreme pressure,” Kozan said. “We came right back in the fourth quarter and we pressured them and moved the ball around more. We tried to speed up the game so they couldn’t bring pressure on us.”
After leading the entire first half, Providence stalled in that third quarter. Fenwick tied the game at 44 with 1:43 to play in the third.
Providence (7-4) then scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter, capping that spurt with a Miles Boykin dunk.
With the game seemingly in hand, Providence held on to its eight-point lead when Fenwick started pressuring again. The Friars cut the Celtics’ advantage to 66-63 with 12.1 seconds to play on Scott Lindsey’s three-pointer.
Kozan went 4-of-6 from the free-throw line in the game’s closing minute to give the Celtics’ some breathing room.
Boykin scored 14 points for the Celtics and Nick DiNardi added 10 points.
Fenwick (5-3) had four players score in double figures: Lindsey (24 points), Michael Smith (13), Keshaun Smith (12) and Luke Lattner (11).