Boys Basketball: De La Salle stings Fenwick
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media February 19, 2014 9:42PM
Updated: February 19, 2014 10:51PM
It’s no Cinderella story for De La Salle. The Meteors are a little too talented for that.
Despite entering the Catholic League Tournament with a .500 record, De La Salle punched its ticket to the championship round with a balanced 51-47 victory Wednesday night over visiting Fenwick.
De La Salle (12-10) will meet Mount Carmel at 7 p.m. Saturday at Chicago State for the Catholic League Tournament title.
Karl Harris scored a game-high 13 points, Martez Cameron chipped in 12 and Brandon Hutton did a little bit of everything, totaling 10 points, three steals and two blocks for the Meteors. For Hutton, the team’s recent rise has been catalyzed by altruistic play.
“At the beginning of the season we were kinda selfish and a little young,” Hutton said. “Everyone wanted to get theirs. After that, we came together as a team and started to jell.”
De La Salle’s record also is a bit deceiving.
“I think we’ve played 12 ranked teams and three national (ranked) teams,” De La Salle coach Tom White said.
Fenwick was another. The Friars (18-8) opened the game with an 8-0 salvo, but struggled to get into transition in the second half as De La Salle controlled the glass to mount a comeback.
“We started the second half ridiculously soft,” Fenwick coach Rick Malnati said. “And they had some kids step up for them.”
Mike Smith led Fenwick with 11 points and Keshaun Smith added 10. Fenwick’s 6-foot-8 Dan Dwyer, fresh of his best game of the season in an upset of St. Rita, battled foul trouble and finished with six points.
After trailing by three at halftime, De La Salle took its biggest lead of the game on a fourth-quarter three-pointer by Aaron Jones for a 40-32 advantage. But Fenwick’s Scott Lindsey, a Northwestern recruit, answered with his first points of the game on a three.
Lindsey finished with nine points, scoring all in the final 5:49, but Harris went 6-of-6 from the line to lead De La Salle in the closing minutes. The Meteors were calm under fire, milking the clock and sinking 8-of-10 free throws in the final frame.
Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan was among those in attendance.