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Boys Basketball: Fenwick stands tall vs. St. Laurence

Updated: March 3, 2014 5:37PM



THE SKINNY

From the outset it was clear Fenwick was going utilize its height advantage over St. Laurence. Dan Dwyer, a 6-foot-8 center, and 6-5 forward Tom Planek combined for 36 points and 15 rebounds as the Friars held off the Vikings in a Catholic League North match-up in Oak Park. Dwyer was five inches taller than St. Laurence’s tallest player.

TURNING POINT

Upset-minded St. Laurence (3-15, 0-8) enjoyed a 40-39 advantage with 3 minutes, 58 seconds remaining in the third quarter. After a timeout, the Friars (15-6, 6-2) scored the final 10 points of the quarter to jump ahead 49-40. The Vikings never got closer than eight points the rest of the way.

THE STAR

Whether he was dominating in the paint or shooting baseline jumpers over the smaller defenders, Dwyer was unstoppable. He finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Dwyer connected on all eight of his shots from the field in the first half and made 11-of-13 shots for the game.

BY THE NUMBERS

Fenwick made 9-of-10 free throws in the final quarter. Planek made all four of his free throws in the quarter and scored 10 of his 12 points. He also had five assists, three rebounds and three steals for the Friars. Northwestern-bound Scott Lindsey contributed 13 points, four rebounds and four assists in the win.

While St. Laurence had no answer for Dwyer, Fenwick couldn’t stop St. Laurence’s Matt Gurgone, who scored 30 points. The 6-1 forward drained 7-of-9 shots from three-point range and 11-of-14 shots total.

QUOTABLE

“It was tougher than we expected. We really didn’t play as well as we should’ve on defense. That’s something we really need to start focusing on.” — Lindsey

Ken Ryan



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