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Boys Basketball: Mount Carmel turns back Fenwick

Senior Christian Searles (right) plays basketball for Mount Carmel High School against Fenwick High School 505 WashingtBlvd. Oak Park Feb.

Senior Christian Searles (right) plays basketball for Mount Carmel High School against Fenwick High School, at 505 Washington Blvd. in Oak Park, on Feb. 7. | Ashlee Rezin/for Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 10, 2014 6:30AM



Mount Carmel 59, Fenwick 51

THE SKINNY

Mount Carmel won its eighth consecutive game by beating host Fenwick in a Catholic League North contest. A week earlier the Caravan (17-6, 8-2) handed St. Joseph its first conference loss.

TURNING POINT

The Friars (15-7, 6-3) pulled to within five points twice in the fourth quarter, but Fenwick missed all five of its three-point attempts in the final quarter. Fenwick scored six consecutive points late in the period to cut the deficit to 54-49, but Christian Searles answered with two free throws with 54.6 seconds remaining.

THE STAR

David Nichols scored a game-high 23 points for the Caravan, including 17 points in the first half with help from four three-pointers. Nichols shot 7-of-10 from the free-throw line.

BY THE NUMBERS

Fenwick fell into a shooting slump on Senior Night, making just 2-of-13 three-pointers and 11-of-23 free throws. Both teams attempted nine foul shots in the first half, but the Caravan made eight of them. Gabe Grant had 16 points and nine rebounds for Mount Carmel while Keshaun Smith led Fenwick with 14 points.

QUOTABLE

“I was feeling my shot. I was making every shot in warmups. I got hot, but cooled off in the third quarter. Then I got my teammates involved.” — Nichols

George Wilcox



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