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Fenwick's Scott Lindsey blocks the shot of OPRF's Darrius Williams. Oak Park River Forest High School hosted Fenwick High School in boys basketball Saturday evening. | Jon Langham~for Sun-Times Media
Fenwick finally won the battle for Oak Park, as it was the calm, steady hand of Luke Lattner in the final minutes that helped the Friars down host Oak Park-River Forest 66-57.
“Luke is one of the leaders of this team,” Fenwick coach John Quinn said. “We have veteran players so they didn’t panic at the end.”
Erick Locke drilled a three for the Huskies (3-3) to pull Oak Park to within 57-55 with 1:48 to play. That’s when Lattner showed his senior leadership by reeling off the next eight points for Fenwick (4-0) including six free throws. Those points were part of a 9-2 game-closing run that put the game away for the Friars.
“We’ve been there in that situation before so we were used to that,’’ said Lattner, who finished with 20 points. ``This game is huge. This is the first time we’ve beaten them since I’ve been here.’’
Lattner was part of a balanced offensive attack that saw four players score in double figures. Six-foot-eight junior Daniel Dwyer made six of seven shots to come away with 16 points while fellow big Thomas Planek led Fenwick with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
“Tom is just a beast on the boards,” Lattner said. “He did a fantastic job of getting big rebounds down the stretch for us.”
Fenwick was without starting point guard Keshaun Smith who was attending a retreat. Freshman guard Michael Smith more than ably helped fill that role with 11 points off the bench.
“This was a coming out party for Michael,” Lattner said. “He does everything well. He scores, plays good [defense] and he distributes and handles the ball very well.”
Fenwick led by as much as eight in the third quarter before Oak Park started chipping away at the lead. Locke hit two three-pointers and a bucket to make it a two point game at 57-55. He scored 17 points while guard Jakari Cammon led the Huskies with 20 points.