Updated Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 02:31 AM
SAMMAMISH — At halftime of his team's Metro League game against Eastside Catholic on Tuesday, Seattle Prep guard D.J. Fenner ran through his first-half shots in his head.
He had scored 11 of his team's 14 points, but Fenner came to a quick conclusion when he started reviewing the 12 shots he hoisted.
"I sat there and just told myself, 'A lot of these aren't good shots,' " Fenner said.
Armed with better shot selection, Fenner scored 28 of his 39 points in the second half and led No. 6 Seattle Prep to a 49-44 boys basketball win against Eastside Catholic.
Fenner took 13 shots in the second half — one more than before halftime — and made eight (62 percent). The 6-foot-6 senior guard, a Nevada signee, scored Prep's first 13 points in the third quarter and 15 of his team's 18 in the fourth.
It was his third straight game with at least 30 points. He's averaging 29.6.
"I think, personally, he's the best player in the state," Eastside Catholic coach Bill Liley said. "He's doing everything they need him to do in order to make that team win. The guy is special."
Fenner propelled Prep (5-0 overall, 4-0 Metro Mountain) on offense after halftime, but the Panthers' defense was their backbone all night. Prep made just 6 of 24 shots in the first half (25 percent) but remained close by holding Eastside Catholic to 6-of-19 shooting.
The Crusaders (2-2, 2-2 Metro Mountain) didn't find many openings after halftime, while Fenner asserted himself at the other end.
"We try to hang our hat on the defensive end of the court so that when we have nights like this, we still have an opportunity," Seattle Prep coach Mike Kelly said.
Eastside Catholic had an opportunity in the fourth quarter, clawing back within two in the final two minutes on Mandrell Worthy's three-pointer.
But Fenner answered with four straight points and Angelo Marchesini added a free throw.
Worthy finished with 15 points and Austin Soukup had 10, including eight straight in the second quarter, for Eastside Catholic.
"I don't feel like we played our best," said Liley, whose team was coming off a big win against rival O'Dea. "We have a lot of room for improvement."
Marchesini added six points for the Panthers, who led the final 14 minutes after trailing 16-14 at halftime.
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