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St. Joseph, Fenwick set to clash again

The boys basketball teams from three local Catholic schools competed in Class 3A regional championship games Friday night. Take a look at how they did and what lies ahead for the remaining teams.

St. Joseph

The Chargers were significantly pushed by Timothy Christian in the regional final at St. Joseph before the hosts pulled away for victory.

Joe’s built a double-digit lead early before the Trojans stormed back behind senior standout Connor VanderBrug. VanderBrug scored 27 points and helped Timothy take a 39-32 lead in the third quarter.

Eventually the Chargers turned the game back around and pulled away for a 51-42 victory.

Sophomore Nick Rakocevic, who recently received a scholarship offer from Wisconsin, led the Chargers with 16 points. Glynn Watson scored 14 points and Jordan Ash added 12.

Watson’s jumper late in the third quarter put the Chargers ahead 41-40 going into the fourth quarter, and the Trojans were held scoreless for the first seven minutes of the final frame.

Next up is a Wednesday meeting with Fenwick in a sectional semifinal at Westinghouse at 7 p.m. today.


The Friars got past Farragut in a road test, winning 69-56. The No. 3 seed Friars got 17 points from Dan Dwyer, 15 from Thomas Planek and 12 from Scott Lindsey.

Fenwick started the game on a 13-4 run, led 38-28 at the half, and expanded the lead to 55-40 entering the fourth quarter.

Fenwick gets a rematch with St. Joseph, which it just defeated 60-54 on Feb. 22 for third place in the Chicago Catholic League Tournament, in the sectional semifinal at 7 p.m. today.

On Jan. 17, the Chargers defeated the Friars in Westchester 68-62.


Top sectional seed Orr proved too much for the Roadrunners. Nazareth was knocked out of the playoffs 70-46 on their home floor.

Kevin Connelly scored 13 points for Naz, which finished the season 14-13.

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