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Fenwick game-planned against Proviso West senior Dominick Roby before the game and even discussed dealing with the 6-foot-1 senior forward during the game. It didn’t seem to matter.
The Friars couldn’t figure out a way to stop Roby and and he took advantage with a season-high 22 points to lead the Panthers to a 63- 59 win in the first round of the 52nd Annual Proviso West Holiday Tournament Wednesday. Roby grabbed nine rebounds, but did much of his damage down the stretch. Roby’s career high is 25 points.
His layup with 10 seconds remaining tied the game at 47 to end the third quarter. Roby scored three more baskets in the fourth quarter. His short jumper with 5:26 to go tied the game at 55 and then Roby added a layup 19 seconds later to give the Panthers (6-5) a lead it would not relinquish.
The host Panthers will play Morgan Park in the second round at 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The Friars (5-4), which have lost three in a row, will play Wheaton Academy at 8:45 p.m. Thursday in a consolation game.
In the new 32-team Proviso West tournament, the host Panthers and Fenwick remain as two of six teams in the field to compete in every holiday tournament.
“I had a slow defender on me,” said Roby, who came off the bench for only the second time this season. “I knew where my defender was not going to be. We all basically came out and played hard.”
Roby did not play in the first quarter, but scored 10 points in the second quarter. Fenwick senior Luke Lattner scored 10 points in the first half for the Friars, but did not score in the second half while missing his two shot attempts.
Scott Lindsey, following his 24-point performance against Providence, scored a team-high 16 points for Fenwick. Daniel Dwyer, a 6-8 junior, scored 11 points and had nine rebounds after missing the last three games with a right foot injury. He battled foul trouble and ended the game with four fouls.
“It was a very disappointing day, to say the least,” Fenwick coach John Quinn said. “Roby was the leader of the game.”
Lindsey’s fourth quarter dunk and Michael Smith’s 3-pointer with 5:43 remaining in the game could not propel Fenwick. The Friars had only one more basket to end the game on Dwyer’s tip-in with 3:30 to go. Proviso West made four of six free throws in the final four minutes.
“We took bad shots at the wrong time of the game,” Quinn said. “And then we don’t get back on defense.”
“We knew what Roby could do,” Lindsey said. “He willed his team to victory. We had no answer for him.”
Fenwick led 33-31 at halftime on a Lattner three-pointer. The Friars scored twice on back-to-back layups, but the Panthers answered with 10 consecutive points capped by Lawrence Moore’s layup. Taylor Watkins added 14 points and Moore finished with 10 for Proviso.