Fawcett, WW South impress in win over Timothy Christian

  • Timothy Christian's Trey Keizer (3) shoots a three pointer over Wheaton Warrenville South's Tyler Fawcett (23) during the 33rd annual Chuck Mitchell basketball tournament at Fenton High School in Bensenville on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021.

    Timothy Christian's Trey Keizer (3) shoots a three pointer over Wheaton Warrenville South's Tyler Fawcett (23) during the 33rd annual Chuck Mitchell basketball tournament at Fenton High School in Bensenville on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • Wheaton Warrenville South's Danny Healy (11) rebounds the ball against Timothy Christian's Trey Keizer (3) during the 33rd annual Chuck Mitchell basketball tournament at Fenton High School in Bensenville on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021.

    Wheaton Warrenville South's Danny Healy (11) rebounds the ball against Timothy Christian's Trey Keizer (3) during the 33rd annual Chuck Mitchell basketball tournament at Fenton High School in Bensenville on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • Timothy Christian's Ben VanderWal (40) shoots the ball in the post over Wheaton Warrenville South's Danny Healy (11) during the 33rd annual Chuck Mitchell basketball tournament at Fenton High School in Bensenville on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021.

    Timothy Christian's Ben VanderWal (40) shoots the ball in the post over Wheaton Warrenville South's Danny Healy (11) during the 33rd annual Chuck Mitchell basketball tournament at Fenton High School in Bensenville on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • Timothy Christian's Kyle Steiner (10) drives to the basket against Wheaton Warrenville South's Bray Meredith (25)  and Tyler Fawcett (23) during the 33rd annual Chuck Mitchell basketball tournament at Fenton High School in Bensenville on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021.

    Timothy Christian's Kyle Steiner (10) drives to the basket against Wheaton Warrenville South's Bray Meredith (25) and Tyler Fawcett (23) during the 33rd annual Chuck Mitchell basketball tournament at Fenton High School in Bensenville on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • Timothy Christian's Trey Keizer (3) spots up for a three point shot against Wheaton Warrenville South's Tyler Fawcett (23) during the 33rd annual Chuck Mitchell basketball tournament at Fenton High School in Bensenville on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021.

    Timothy Christian's Trey Keizer (3) spots up for a three point shot against Wheaton Warrenville South's Tyler Fawcett (23) during the 33rd annual Chuck Mitchell basketball tournament at Fenton High School in Bensenville on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • Wheaton Warrenville South's Danny Healy (11) shoots a three pointer over Timothy Christian's Elton Bajo (25) during the 33rd annual Chuck Mitchell basketball tournament at Fenton High School in Bensenville on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021.

    Wheaton Warrenville South's Danny Healy (11) shoots a three pointer over Timothy Christian's Elton Bajo (25) during the 33rd annual Chuck Mitchell basketball tournament at Fenton High School in Bensenville on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • Wheaton Warrenville South's Christian Triscik (5) and Timothy Christian's Alex Martens (23) fight for a rebound during the 33rd annual Chuck Mitchell basketball tournament at Fenton High School in Bensenville on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021.

    Wheaton Warrenville South's Christian Triscik (5) and Timothy Christian's Alex Martens (23) fight for a rebound during the 33rd annual Chuck Mitchell basketball tournament at Fenton High School in Bensenville on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • Wheaton Warrenville South's Danny Healy (11) drives to the basket against Timothy Christian's Alex Keizer (32) during the 33rd annual Chuck Mitchell basketball tournament at Fenton High School in Bensenville on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021.

    Wheaton Warrenville South's Danny Healy (11) drives to the basket against Timothy Christian's Alex Keizer (32) during the 33rd annual Chuck Mitchell basketball tournament at Fenton High School in Bensenville on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • Wheaton Warrenville South's Tyler Fawcett (23) shoots a three pointer over Timothy Christian's Kostra Skokos (30) during the 33rd annual Chuck Mitchell basketball tournament at Fenton High School in Bensenville on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021.

    Wheaton Warrenville South's Tyler Fawcett (23) shoots a three pointer over Timothy Christian's Kostra Skokos (30) during the 33rd annual Chuck Mitchell basketball tournament at Fenton High School in Bensenville on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • Timothy Christian's Ben VanderWal (40) defends the paint against Wheaton Warrenville South's Matt Sommerdyke (2) during the 33rd annual Chuck Mitchell basketball tournament at Fenton High School in Bensenville on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021.

    Timothy Christian's Ben VanderWal (40) defends the paint against Wheaton Warrenville South's Matt Sommerdyke (2) during the 33rd annual Chuck Mitchell basketball tournament at Fenton High School in Bensenville on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • Wheaton Warrenville South's head coach Mike Healy talks to his players during a break in play against Timothy Christian during the 33rd annual Chuck Mitchell basketball tournament at Fenton High School in Bensenville on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021.

    Wheaton Warrenville South's head coach Mike Healy talks to his players during a break in play against Timothy Christian during the 33rd annual Chuck Mitchell basketball tournament at Fenton High School in Bensenville on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • Timothy Christian's Ben VanderWal (40) dunks the ball against Wheaton Warrenville South's Danny Healy (11) and Bray Meredith (25) during the 33rd annual Chuck Mitchell basketball tournament at Fenton High School in Bensenville on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021.

    Timothy Christian's Ben VanderWal (40) dunks the ball against Wheaton Warrenville South's Danny Healy (11) and Bray Meredith (25) during the 33rd annual Chuck Mitchell basketball tournament at Fenton High School in Bensenville on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • Wheaton Warrenville South's Bray Meredith (25) shoots the back in the post against Timothy Christian's Ben VanderWal (40) during the 33rd annual Chuck Mitchell basketball tournament at Fenton High School in Bensenville on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021.

    Wheaton Warrenville South's Bray Meredith (25) shoots the back in the post against Timothy Christian's Ben VanderWal (40) during the 33rd annual Chuck Mitchell basketball tournament at Fenton High School in Bensenville on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • Timothy Christian's head coach Scott Plaisier talks to his players during a break in play against Wheaton Warrenville South during the 33rd annual Chuck Mitchell basketball tournament at Fenton High School in Bensenville on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021.

    Timothy Christian's head coach Scott Plaisier talks to his players during a break in play against Wheaton Warrenville South during the 33rd annual Chuck Mitchell basketball tournament at Fenton High School in Bensenville on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • Wheaton Warrenville South's Colin Moore (10) dribbles the ball on the wing against Timothy Christian's Kostra Skokos (30) during the 33rd annual Chuck Mitchell basketball tournament at Fenton High School in Bensenville on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021.

    Wheaton Warrenville South's Colin Moore (10) dribbles the ball on the wing against Timothy Christian's Kostra Skokos (30) during the 33rd annual Chuck Mitchell basketball tournament at Fenton High School in Bensenville on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • Wheaton Warrenville South's Tyler Fawcett (23) shoots the ball in the post over Timothy Christian's Kostra Skokos (30) Kyle Steiner (10) and Alex Keizer (32) during the 33rd annual Chuck Mitchell basketball tournament at Fenton High School in Bensenville on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021.

    Wheaton Warrenville South's Tyler Fawcett (23) shoots the ball in the post over Timothy Christian's Kostra Skokos (30) Kyle Steiner (10) and Alex Keizer (32) during the 33rd annual Chuck Mitchell basketball tournament at Fenton High School in Bensenville on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • Wheaton Warrenville South's Tyler Fawcett (23) plays the ball in the post against Timothy Christian's Jacob Friend (33) during the 33rd annual Chuck Mitchell basketball tournament at Fenton High School in Bensenville on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021.

    Wheaton Warrenville South's Tyler Fawcett (23) plays the ball in the post against Timothy Christian's Jacob Friend (33) during the 33rd annual Chuck Mitchell basketball tournament at Fenton High School in Bensenville on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • Wheaton Warrenville South's Tyler Fawcett (23) shoots a free-throw against Timothy Christian during the 33rd annual Chuck Mitchell basketball tournament at Fenton High School in Bensenville on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021.

    Wheaton Warrenville South's Tyler Fawcett (23) shoots a free-throw against Timothy Christian during the 33rd annual Chuck Mitchell basketball tournament at Fenton High School in Bensenville on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

 
 
Updated 11/24/2021 8:52 PM

Timothy Christian star Ben VanderWal was the big name.

Wheaton Warrenville South's Tyler Fawcett brought the big game.

 

Fawcett scored 14 of his game-high 17 points in the first half as he and the Tigers got the better of VanderWal in a 54-35 victory Wednesday at Fenton's Chuck Mitchell Tournament.

"I'd say it was a good one," Fawcett said of his effort. "I got going early.

"I didn't get as many shots in the later minutes, but when I needed to get going, I did. So I was happy about that."

So was WW South coach Mike Healy, who watched his three-year starting forward sink 5 of his first 7 shots, including a pair of 3-pointers. The 6-foot-5 Fawcett tallied 11 points in the first quarter as the Tigers (2-0) opened with a 13-3 run.

"He played well tonight," Healy said. "He's got to play with a ton of confidence.

"He should, and today he did. He finished around the basket, made some shots and played really well."

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Fawcett is happy to be active after missing the football season following surgery for a broken clavicle. A 210-pound tight end, he's being recruited for both football and basketball.

"I'm more highly recruited for football because I have better size for football," Fawcett said. "I love both of them, but I'd say I'm probably better at football."

He's not shabby at basketball, either. Just ask Tigers point guard Danny Healy, who scored 11 of his 14 points in the second quarter as the Tigers extended their lead to 38-15 at halftime.

"You can always count on him to make shots when he needs to, get boards when he needs to," Danny Healy said. "I always trust I can throw the ball to him and when you need a bucket, he's there."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The same can usually be said of VanderWal, a 6-7 senior wing who has committed to Furman. VanderWal led Timothy Christian (0-2) with 16 points, but 13 of those came in the final 12 minutes after his team was in a 28-point hole.

VanderWal, who also had a team-high five rebounds and four blocks, missed 9 of his first 10 shots.

"Our game plan was to soft trap him," Fawcett said. "It was not like a hard trap where we go all-out, but get two guys on him and get the ball out of his hands, basically."

Timothy Christian guard Trey Keizer had eight points but no other Trojans player had more than one basket.

Meanwhile, Matt Sommerdyke amassed nine points, 10 rebounds and four assists for the Tigers, while Braylen Meredith added eight points. Meredith and Colin Mooreboth had four steals.

"The kids played extremely hard and smart," Mike Healy said. "We were pretty good defensively in the first half, very aggressive looking to make plays and getting to shooters and knowing where VanderWal was."

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