“We did a nice job in the 2-3 getting out and closing in on their shooters,” Shields said. “We made them take tough shots and we crashed the board. When they went to the press we were prepared, we practiced hard to beat that press and it worked to our advantage.”
Manchester Essex came out on fire early on taking a 21-10 lead after one quarter of play. But with Nesbit on the bench in foul trouble in the second quarter, Fenwick went on a 12-2 run to cut the lead to 24-22. But that’s as close as they would get as the Hornets finished the half on a 12-7 run to finish the half and only built on that advantage in the second half.
Taylor Ketchum led all scorers with a career high 28 points to go along with 12 rebounds. Dylan Estes also had a big night for Manchester Essex with 20 points while Sean Gutierrez and Nesbit each had 10 points and nine rebounds. Matt Costello led the way for Bishop Fenwick with 14 points and 12 rebounds, Dom Luoni chipped in 12 points.
The Hornets will quickly put Friday’s win behind them and focus on tonight’s Holiday Tournament final.
“It’s very good to get in the win column,” Shields said. “This was a step in the right direction but we still have a lot of work to do. Now we have to regroup and focus on putting together another good game (tonight).”