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Lattner leads Fenwick to tourney title

11/24/2012, 10:47pm CST
By By George Wilcox

Fenwick guard Luke Lattner scored 13 of his game-high 17 points in the second half to lead the Friars to a 55-43 victory over host Lyons.


La Grange, IL - Saturday, November 24, 2012: Lyons Township's Harrison Niego (5) vs Fenwick's Michael Smith (12) during the LT Thanksgiving Tournament. | Steve Johnston~for Sun-Times Media

Luke Lattner has been waiting three years for a chance to win a title at the Lyons Thanksgiving tournament. His opportunity came Saturday night.

The Fenwick guard scored 13 of his game-high 17 points in the second half to lead the Friars to a 55-43 victory over host Lyons. The win gave the Friars (3-0) a sweep in the tournament to go with their first title, ending Morton’s recent run of championships.

“It finally came my senior year,” Lattner said. “We deserve it. We’ve worked hard all during the offseason.”

Lyons (1-2) tried to rally after struggling from the field to open the game. Lyons missed all 12 of its shot attempts in the first quarter and then missed its first four shots of the second quarter to fall behind 16-4 until Matt Mrazek scored Lyons’ first basket on a layup with 5:35 to go in the second quarter.

Lyons pulled to within 18-10 in the second quarter and cut the lead to 34-30 to end the third quarter. That quarter ended with Matt Aikens making his only basket of the game on a 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining.

“Most of the game was Fenwick playing a really tough defense,” Lyons coach Tom Sloan said. “I was happy with the way the kids played tonight, especially coming off the way we played last night (losing to Morton 76-61).”

Lyons was led by Chris O’Reilly’s 14 points and 10 rebounds. O’Reilly shot 9 of 12 at the free-throw line. Jarryd Heath added 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc. 

Lyons also struggled shooting 3-pointers. The host team missed its first eight attempts to open the game until O’Reilly connected with 1:48 left in the second quarter.

Daniel Dwyer, a 6-foot-8 junior, had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Friars.

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