With a first-year head coach in Staunton Peck and a new-look starting lineup, the Fenwick High School boys basketball team is learning on the fly this season. Like their crosstown rivals, OPRF, the Friars have an 8-6 record while playing a difficult schedule.
The team’s participation in the 58th Proviso West Holiday Tournament over the Christmas break served as the latest test in a seemingly season-long gauntlet of games.
Fenwick fared well at the tourney with a fourth-place finish. Leo defeated the Friars 78-72 in the third-place game. Fenwick sophomore forward Bryce Hopkins scored 34 points and had five rebounds, while senior guard Solomon Oraegbu added 20 points and four assists against the Lions. Lucas Kolovitz also played well, contributing seven points, six rebounds and six assists.
The Friars shot very well from the field (27-for-49/55.7 percent) and made 10 of 13 free throws, while Leo (12-3) also flourished offensively by making 30 of 52 field goal attempts.
Clinging to a 54-53 lead after three quarters, the Lions outscored Fenwick 24-19 in the fourth to secure their victory. Dachaun Anderson (30 points, 9 rebounds), Fred Cleveland (20 points, 7 rebounds) and Kevin Drumgoole (10 points, 6 rebounds) led Leo.
In a highly anticipated semifinal matchup, Whitney Young star D.J. Steward poured in a game-high 30 points to power Young to a 78-70 victory over Fenwick. Steward, a nationally-ranked junior in college recruiting, transferred to Young from Fenwick.
Hopkins, who is another player with multiple Division I scholarship offers, led the Friars with 23 points. Oraegbu (20 points) and freshman guard Trey Pettigrew (11 points) also scored in double figures. Kolovitz just missed a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds.
In the quarterfinals, Fenwick rallied from a 13-point deficit at halftime to defeat Hillcrest 73-64. Oraegbu led the victors with 25 points and four assists. Hopkins added 23 points and six rebounds, while Kolovitz finished 10 points and nine boards.
The Friars beat Dunbar 74-65 in its opener at Proviso West.
The Proviso West all-tournament teams included (first team): Rashuan Agee (Bogan), Jordan Booker (Bogan), Steward (Whitney Young), Hopkins (Fenwick), Markese Jacobs (Uplift) and Dechaun Anderson (Leo); second team: Oraegbu (Fenwick), Fred Cleveland (Leo), James Hobson (Proviso East) Latik Murphy (Morton), Myles Baker (Whitney Young).
This story has been changed to correct the name of the team Fenwick defeated in its first-round game.