Fenwick came to DePaul Prep and beat the Rams at their own game Friday.
The Friars adjusted to DePaul Prep’s grind-it-out style and earned a 51-48 victory in the Catholic League Blue behind another big game from junior Bryce Hopkins.
Hopkins kept Fenwick (21-6, 11-2) on track despite being the focus of the Rams’ defense. He had 14 points, 16 rebounds and three steals.
‘‘They were double-teaming Bryce a lot of the game, making it hard for him to do anything,’’ Friars coach Staunton Peck said. ‘‘He did a good job not getting frustrated about not being able to score.’’
‘‘I had to trust my teammates because [the Rams] were throwing junk defenses at me,’’ Hopkins said. ‘‘That’s how we won. My teammates stepped up tonight.’’
Chief among them was Trey Pettigrew, who helped shut down DePaul Prep’s top outside shooter, Lance Mosley, after halftime.
Mosley made four three-pointers and scored 14 points in the first half but had only two points in the second.
‘‘That’s been a big key for us,’’ Hopkins said of Pettigrew’s defense. ‘‘He locked up their shooter.’’
Pettigrew also scored 14 points for Fenwick, which took control with an 8-1 run to start the second half that gave it a 35-29 lead.
The Friars led 49-41 with just more than a minute left before the Rams (21-4, 11-2) cut their deficit to three. But TY Johnson’s last-second three-point try was off the mark, allowing Fenwick to escape with the victory.
DePaul Prep coach Tom Klelnschmidt was happy to hold the Friars to their third-lowest point total of the season, but he was disappointed otherwise.
‘‘If you would have told me we held them to 51, Bryce to 14 and Pettigrew to whatever, I would have told you we’d win,’’ he said. ‘‘If you would have told me we got beat 36-21 on the boards, I would have called you a liar.
‘‘I’m not shocked we lost because Fenwick is a very good team. I’m disappointed with the way we played. . . . I thought we guarded well enough to win, but they beat us on the glass, they beat us to 50-50 [balls] and we got out-toughed.’’
Brian Mathews added 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocks for the Rams. Johnson also scored 12 points.
For Fenwick, it’s a case of growing up as the season goes along. The Friars start three sophomores, one junior and one senior.
‘‘It shows the guys are maturing,’’ Peck said. ‘‘The sophomores are starting to play like juniors. We’ve just got to make sure we do it again the next game.’’
Hopkins said he is ready to retire the youth movement storyline.
‘‘We just want to be respected as a team,’’ he said. ‘‘The ‘youth’ stuff just adds more fuel to our fire.’’