Thursday, March 08, 2001
Fenwick beats Mariemont for district title
By Mark Schmetzer
DAYTON Middletown Fenwick used hot shooting by senior forward Matt Burns and solid rebounding to take early command on the way to a 77-62 win over Mariemont in a Division III district championship game Wednesday night at University of Dayton Arena.
By winning its first district championship since 1988, Fenwick earned a matchup with Waynesville in a regional semifinal next Thursday at 6:15p.m. at Wright State University's Nutter Center.
Burns made five 3-pointers from four different spots on the floor on his way to 17 first-quarter points.
We knew he could shoot, but you've got to find him, Mariemont coach David Wainscott said. We didn't find him. Once he made a few, he put us in a position we hadn't been in all year. We like to stay in that zone and play a half-court game. They took us out of what we'd been doing.
That's what Matt's done for us all year, Fenwick coach Pat Kreke said.
The Falcons led 23-12 go ing into the second quarter, and they expanded the advantage to as many as 19 points before settling for a 43-30 halftime lead behind senior guard Joe Kreke's nine second-quarter points.
Burns was 6-for-9 on 3-pointers while scoring 23 points in the first half. He finished with 25. Senior forward Branden Fisher scored a game-high 28 points for Mariemont.
Mariemont, which brought a nine-game winning streak into the game, outshot the Falcons 52.9 percent to 46.9 percent in the first half, but Fenwick took advantage of a 21-9 edge in rebounds including 11-1 in offensive rebounds to get 15 more shots than the Warriors in the first half. Sophomore center Michael Kleingers led the effort with eight rebounds and finished with 17 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
MARIEMONT (62) Wilson 1 0 3, Gray 3 0 9, Clasen 1 2 4, Fisher 10 7 28, Weissman 2 1 6, Landes 5 2 12. Totals: 22 12 62.
FENWICK (77) Halcomb 1 0 2, Lueking 1 0 2, Munafo 4 0 10, McCormick 1 0 2, Martin 3 1 7, J. Kreke 3 2 9, Kleingers 7 3 17, Burns 9 1 25, R. Kreke 0 1 1, Rossi 1 0 2. Totals: 30 8 77.
Mariemont ....... 12 18 16 1662
Fenwick ....... 23 20 21 1377
3-pointers: MGray 3, Wilson, Fisher, Weissman. FBurns 6, Munafo 2, J. Kreke. Records: M 18-5, F 19-5.
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