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December 13, 2013

Fenwick falls in Preziosa's debut

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Fenwick played with a lot of energy for most of the game, but struggled taking care of the basketball, especially in the fourth quarter. Shot selection is also something Preziosa has been harping on so far with the Crusaders.

"If we erase some of those turnovers and some of that bad shot selection, I think it's a six-point game coming down the stretch," Preziosa said.

"I think if you turn it over that many times, you're never going to beat anybody. I was a little disappointed in that, but surely not disappointed by the effort."

Luoni led Fenwick with 16 points and Matt Costello added 14. Travis Maxner and Rishad DeSilva each had eight for the Crusaders. Ten players scored for Fenwick.

Shooting guard Austin Joseph hit four threes and finished with a game-high 21 points. Brian Donohoe chipped in with 12 and Joey Crane scored 11.

Perry was happy to get out of the North Shore with a win, and he was impressed with the way Fenwick played in its first game under Preziosa.

"It's a credit to them; they're just coming off football. It's too close," Perry said about Fenwick's Super Bowl run in football. "I feel bad for the coaches and players. We've gone through that before; there's no time to get ready. Basketball gets the short end of the stick."

Niconchuk and Myles Connor, two members of the Fenwick football team, played last night and combined for seven points. David Hurley, a linebacker/offensive lineman, is on the team but was not dressed last night.

The late Thanksgiving holiday plus an early start to the schedule meant the Crusaders had less than two weeks of practice to prepare.

"I'm not a big excuse maker, but it was short especially with me taking over a new program and trying to instill some new things," said Preziosa, whose team plays Austin Prep on Tuesday. "I could have used maybe a couple extra days of practice, but I felt like we were ready. I was a little disappointed in our ball control. We turned the ball over way too much."

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