2017-'18 Season Coverage
updated: 1/13/2011 11:44 PM

Benet passes Marian Catholic's test

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By D.J. Wanberg

Final exams were being held this week at Benet like at many other area high schools.

Consider Thursday night's 71-38 home win over East Suburban Catholic Conference foe Marian Catholic an easy test.

The Redwings built up a 27-9 lead midway through the second quarter and never looked back to move to 17-0 overall and 5-0 in the ESCC.

Twelve Benet players figured in the scoring, led by Matt Parisi's game-high 21 points that included five 3-point baskets.

"I was fortunate to knock down the shots when I was open," Parisi said.

The Benet senior guard and coach Gene Heidkamp were quick to point out the game that Frank Kaminsky turned in Thursday night.

The 7-footer finished with 6 points and 7 rebounds, but both stressed that the value of his play went beyond the numbers in the box score.

"Frank was a huge factor," Heidkamp said. "He made some big plays in the first half. His stat line was pedestrian, but he dominated the game."

The Spartans (7-9, 2-4) never had a chance.

When Marian Catholic coach Mike Taylor called a timeout with 4:51 left in the first half after the Redwings went up 27-9, Dave Sobolewski, who scored 13 points, had just made his third 3-point basket of the night. Benet was a perfect 4 of 4 from 3-point range in that quarter and was 6 of 8 from the field overall.

Taylor said when a team faces the Redwings, their "A" game must be brought.

"You have to play almost perfect. They shot well and we did not and there's a difference when their post player is 6-11 (Kaminsky) and ours is 6-2," he said.

After a 13-8 Benet advantage in the third quarter, the Redwings put this one on ice with a 24-point burst in the final quarter. Parisi hit for 11 points in that period and sank three of his five 3-point baskets then.

Pat Boyle finished with 9 points for the Redwings with 8 rebounds. McInerney scored 7 and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.

DiAndre Bellamy led Marian with 14 points.

Next up for Benet is a Saturday battle against Oswego at the Naperville North Shootout.

"They're playing unselfish and smart. They're playing to their strengths and avoiding their weaknesses.," Heidkamp said of Oswego.

A season of accomplishment and a season of lots of remaining possibilities rolls on.

"You try to enjoy every moment," Parisi said. "This is a senior team and this (season) is the last time we'll step on the floor as a team together."