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December 18, 2012

In the Paint: Fenwick's Kane optimistic

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Fenwick defeated Archbishop Williams on opening night last week despite losing Maxner to injury in the second quarter after he blocked a shot and fell awkwardly.

The Crusaders played well into the third quarter against Cardinal Spellman Friday night, actually holding a five-point lead in the third quarter. The Cardinals turned up their defensive pressure, however, and ran away from Fenwick.

That leaves the Crusaders with a 1-1 record as they host St. John’s Prep tonight.

Kane is not going to concern himself too much with his team’s loss to Spellman. All he wants from them is to continue to get better, especially while Maxner is sidelined.

“It’s early, we have a lot of promise, and (Spellman’s) one of the better teams in the league,” Kane said. “We’ve got a lot of experience and a long way to go. I think we can do some special things; we just gotta stay together and stay supportive.”

Kane’s junior class of Costello, Dom Luoni and Rishad DeSilva has been getting playing time for two seasons now, and they seem prepared to power this program back to the postseason.

“We’re definitely a more confident team. Everybody is a little stronger and bigger, and a lot of guys worked on their game and were lifting,” Kane said. “Kids just mature sophomore to junior year and junior to senior year.

“I think the key for us is teamwork. We could have a different leading scorer every night when we’re playing together and moving the ball. The kids gotta buy into the system and make their teammates better every day.”

If you’re interested in point guards who like to get their teammates involved in the offensive action, then here are two names to keep in mind: Spencer Craig and Matt Correale.

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