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Boys Basketball: Providence falls to Fenwick 54-45

Providence's Ryan Brankshoots against Fenwick's KevOwens Friday night. | Dennis Nelson/For Sun-Times Media

Providence's Ryan Brankin shoots against Fenwick's Kevin Owens on Friday night. | Dennis Nelson/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 23, 2014 6:42AM


Fenwick put together a 23-9 run against short-handed Providence to capture a critical Catholic League road win Friday in New Lenox. The Friars improved to 7-2 overall and 4-0 in the Catholic League, while the Celtics slipped to 3-4, 1-3.


Trailing 29-23 midway through the third quarter, Fenwick employed a full-court, man-to-man defense the rest of the way. Providence made just three baskets over the next 11 minutes as Fenwick built a 48-38 lead on a jumper by Dan Dwyer with 2:45 left in the game.


Fenwick’s Tom Planek totaled 20 points, while Dwyer chipped in 14. Jack Brody was the lone Celtic to reach double figures with 14 points.


Eight of Dwyer’s 14 points came on four consecutive, fourth-quarter possessions, pushing Fenwick’s 40-36 lead to 48-38. Providence made just one field goal during an eight-minute span to end the third and start the fourth quarter.


“Sometimes the wrong team wins and I think this was an instance of that. They just have a couple of guys hurt. Sometimes you are flat and we were flat for most of the game.” – Fenwick coach Rick Malnati

Dennis Nelson

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