After going on a 13-point run in the third quarter, the Friars got a win off OPRF Saturday night in front of a standing-room only crowd. Read more from George M. Wilcox on High School Cube News.
Saturday night's showdown between Oak Park-River Forest and Fenwick had all the intensity of another big rivalry Friars coach Rick Malnati is well familiar.
"I've been in the New Trier-Evanston rivalry where we've had 7,000 at Welsh-Ryan [Arena]," said Malnati, New Trier's former coach. "We were playing against the same colors [orange-and-blue]. This was well played. The kids played hard and there was a big crowd."
Saturday's standing-room-only crowd had to find open areas along the baseline and corners of the Fenwick gymnasium to catch an electrifying 51-40 nonconference win by Fenwick for neighborhood bragging rights. Sophomore guard Mike Smith scored 14 of his game-high 19 points in the second half and the Friars (8-2) went on a 13-point run in the third quarter to decide the game.
Fenwick won its fifth consecutive game while the Huskies (7-2) lost for the second time in their last three games.
"I thought the third quarter made the difference," Smith said. "Coach challenged me to do better in the third quarter. I have to pick up the team since Scott Lindsey [injury] is still not there."