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St. Patrick's Elijah Watson eyes the basket against Fenwick's Luke Lattner. Stacia Timonere/for Sun Times Media
Two big runs to start the third and fourth quarters proved to be the difference for St. Patrick in nonconference action Friday night against Fenwick during a 62-54 win.
The Shamrocks started the third quarter with a 10-1run, building on a 28-27 halftime lead. After the Friars closed to within 40-36 by the end of the quarter, the Shamrocks started the fourth with a 9-2 run for a 49-38 lead that was challenged but never relinquished.
“We still have to get better defensively,” St. Patrick coach Mike Bailey said. “But you know what, it’s January, school is out, we were on the road and we got the win. So I’ll take it.”
Bailey got consistent scoring from three players — Elijah Watson, Royale Ewing, and Keith Langston. Ewing led the way with 18 points, Watson added 16 while Langston pitched in 14. Nicholas Coleman had three of the nine steals for the Shamrocks (11-3)
Meanwhile, Ewing pulled double-duty on defense, holding the Friars’ leading scorer, Luke Lattner, to seven points. Lattner did sit out for nearly a quarter after landing on his shoulder early in the third quarter.
Lattner’s lone highlight was a three-pointer from well beyond the arc at the halftime buzzer to pull his team within one. Daniel Dwyer, a 6-9 junior, led the Friars (7-6) with 21 points and eight rebounds.
“Tonight we really weren’t ready to play from the outset,” Fenwick coach John Quinn said. “A lot of loose balls we weren’t getting and not a lot of energy.
“Lattner will be okay, he has popped that shoulder before.”
The Friars ended the third quarter with a 9-2 run to pull within four points. Down 51-40 in the fourth, they rallied back again with an 8-0 run behind four points by Dwyer to close within 51-48 with 2 minutes, 20 seconds left.
A 4-0 run by the Shamrocks on 4-of-6 free throws, however, sealed the win.
“I knew [Lattner] was more of a driver and I focused on laying back and making him take jump shots,” Ewing said. “We wanted to come out in the second half and attack the basket. We have to come out more aggressive to start the game.”