Attitude Change Makes All the Difference in Fenton Victory

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Byline: Brian G. Bown Daily Herald Correspondent

Things haven't been going so well for Fenton this year, so coach Greg Lehmann called a meeting and the team members decided they were playing not to lose.

A change of attittude produced a big 57-53 upset win over Ridgewood in a Suburban Prairie crossover game Friday in Bensenville.

"We had to have a change of attitude," Lehmann said. "We have a talented, dedicated team and we weren't winning, so we decided Friday was the start of a new attitude of playing to win."

In the first quarter it was Ridgewood (10-5) which came to win. The Rebels turned a tight game around with a 10-2 streak to take a 14-7 lead with 1:51 to go. But the Bison came right back with a streak of their own, outscoring the Rebels 6-2 the rest of the way to pull to 16-14 at the buzzer.

Fenton (4-10) kept up the pace in the second quarter, tying the game at 16, 19, 25, 32 and 34, before finally taking a lead on Bryan Scott's two free throws to make it 36-34 Bison at the half.

The game was tied five times in the third quarter before Fenton tied it at 46-46 to end the frame.

In the fourth quarter the Bison outscored the Rebels 6-2 to start the quarter and took a 53-48 lead at the 3:44 mark. Fenton never trailed after that.

Ridgewood nailed a 3-pointer by Mike Bujalka with 1:19 to go to pull to 55-53 before a Fenton turnover gave Ridgewood a last chance. But the Rebels turned the ball over to Fenton to end the threat and the Bison sealed the win with free throws.

Fenton's Scott led all players in scoring with 22 points while Chaz Taft added 18. Bujalka led Ridgewood with 15 points and Andy Koziol scored 14.

"They did what they had to do tonight to win," said Ridgewood coach Lou Benedetto. "We just couldn't get our fast break running well the way we usually do."

Addison T. 68, Willowbrook 51

Even though Addison Trail's Cory Little struggled to find his shot, he still managed to wreak havoc on the court with a tenacious defensive effort.

The 6-foot-4 junior forward chased down the bouncing ball from one end of the court to the other, chalking up 9 steals ad 9 more deflections as the Blazers forced Willowbrook into 28 turnovers.

Little regained his shooting touch in the second half, netting 17 of his game-high 21 points, while Shawn Weeks and Dan Rohlfing each scored in double figures as the Blazers led from start to finish in a 68-51 West Suburban Gold triumph Friday in Addison.

"We keep an effort chart where a player gets a point for every steal, deflection, blocked shot and charge and Cory broke the team record with 19 points tonight," said Blazers coach Kent Payne as his team collected its sixth consecutive victory to improve to 10-6 overall, 3-1 in the WSGC.

"That tells you the effort we had out there on the floor. We don't talk about scoring points, we talk about stuff like that."

Center Dan Rumishek tallied 5 quick points and Weeks added 4 as Addison Trail grabbed an 11-0 lead four minutes into the contest and never looked back.

Willowbrook (2-13, 0-4 WSGC) successfully contained Little with a packed-in 2-3 zone while the Blazers missed 11 of their first 12 shots from 3-point range. Rohlfing (11 points) changed all that with three trifectas off the bench to extend the halftime lead to 36-17.

Warriors guard Jason Kammes sparkled with 11 first-half points and finished with a team-high 14 while Mike Oesterle came on in the second half to score 8 of his 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Center Nate Gehrt contributed 9 points and 7 rebounds.

-Ken Tillotson

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