Tournament News

Announcing the 2019 PWHT All-Tournament Team

[Full Tournament Stats] After four days and 28 games, Proviso West High School is proud to announce the All-Tournament team from the 59th Annual Proviso West Holiday Classic.


MVP: Jesus Perez – Morton

Bryce Hopkins – Fenwick

Amar Augillard – Zion-Benton

Kyndall Davis – Bogan

Michael Osborne – Proviso East



Kendale Anderson – Leo

Julius Rollins – Hillcrest

Louis Perona – Lane Tech

Damarcies Moore – Bogan

Antonie Bloxton – Bogan

Big Second Quarter Leads Bogan To Second Straight Title

[BOX SCORE] With 27 games in the books there were just two teams remaining undefeated, still vying for the 59th Annual Proviso West Holiday Classic Championship. The 2019 championship game would pit the Morton Mustangs against the Bengals of Bogan. It would be Bogan who used a huge second quarter to open up a double-digit lead to earn their second straight Proviso West Holiday Classic title by a final score of 71-52.

For Bogan (14-1), Antione Bloxton led the way with 33 points on 14-21 shooting. Ideary Mooney had 11 points. As a team the Bengals shot 50.8 percent from the field and out rebounded Morton 35-25.

For Morton (9-4), Mannuel Rodriguez led the way with 25 points on 9-17 shooting which included seven threes. Kendell Nichols finished with 14 points and eight rebounds. As a team the Mustangs shot 40 percent from the floor and 9-22 from three.

In the first, Morton grabbed the lead early. The Mustangs got hot from deep right off the bat, hitting four threes in the quarter. Mannuel Rodriguez led the way with 11 points in the quarter for Morton. The Mustangs built their lead up to as many as nine in the quarter and led 20-13 after one.

Bogan answered in the second. The Bengals held Morton scoreless in the quarter until Rodriguez hit a three from the corner with 3:09 remaining in the half. Bogan continued to build on their run throughout the quarter, outscoring Morton 22-6 in the second quarter to take a 35-26 lead into the half.

The Bengals continued to add on in the third, using their size inside. Bogan extended their lead to as many as 16 in the quarter on a Jones layup. Morton was able to trim the Bengal lead to 57-46 when Rodriguez hit his seventh three of the night right before the buzzer.

Bogan continued to have their way inside in the fourth, they were able to build their lead to as many as 20 in the quarter. In total the Bengals scored 55 points in the paint. Bogan closed out their second straight tournament championship by a 71-52 final score.

With the win Bogan claims their second straight Proviso West Holiday classic title. Morton finishes second.

Hopkins' Buzzer Beater Earns Fenwick 3rd Place

[BOX SCORE] After tough losses yesterday in the championship semifinals, the Fenwick Friars took on the Zion-Benton Bees in the 3rd place game of the 59th Annual Proviso West Holiday Classic. In a battle from start to finish, it would be Bryce Hopkins who was able to come up clutch in the fourth as time expired to secure 3rd place this weekend for Fenwick by a 78-75 final score.  

For Fenwick (12-2) Hopkins led the team with a tournament high 44 points on 16-22 shooting. He also had a game high 15 rebounds. Trey Pettigrew had 19 on 8-12 shooting. As a team Fenwick shot 59.2 percent from the floor and 7-18 from three.

For Zion-Benton (7-6) Amar Augilard finished with 34 points on 13-32 shooting. Floyd Bailey had 22 points as well. As a team the Bees shot 43.8 percent from the floor and 11-29 from three.

It was a fast pace in the opening minutes, Zion-Benton grabbed the advantage early on a three by Kaled Naylor. Fenwick battled back, grabbing a lead late in the quarter when Hopkins found his way to the basket. The Bees took the lead on an Augilard three, but it was David Gieser who answered with a three of his own to give Fenwick a 20-19 lead after one.

In the second the two sides continued to exchange baskets. Fenwick built up a six point lead early in the quarter. Zion-Benton answered with an 11-0 run to take a 34-29 lead with 3:27 remaining in the half. It was a two man show in the first half. Hopkins finished the half with 22 points for Fenwick while Augilard had 18 for Zion-Benton. The Friars were able to trim the Bees lead down to 36-34 at the half.

Zion-Benton came out of the half strong. They extended their lead to 45-36 early in the quarter with a three by Bailey. Fenwick answered with a big 12-0 run to take a 48-45 lead with 3:41 remaining in the quarter. The Bees fought back though to tie the game at 54 after three quarters.

In the fourth Fenwick broke the tie game for good with a 7-0 run midway through the quarter. Zion-Benton fought to get it back within one on a four point play by Augilard, and tied it up with just 21 seconds remaining on a Courtlen Stanley free throw. Friars had the answer though at the buzzer as Hopkins was able to drain a three from the top of the key as time expired for the 78-75 victory.

With the win Fenwick claims 3rd place in the 59th Annual Proviso West Holiday Classic. Zion-Benton finishes in 4th place.

Hillcrest’s tough defense leads Hawks over Lane Tech for fifth-place title of PWHT

[Box Score] The fifth-place game for the 59th Proviso West Holiday Tournament matched Lane Tech against Hillcrest. Hillcrest held Lane Tech to 29 percent shooting and blocked 14 shots in a 48-43 victory. 

Jakobi Heady (15 points) and Kenton Wright (11 points, four steals) were in double digits for Hillcrest. Julius Rollins contributed 10 rebounds and four blocks while Hamahrie Bowers recorded a game-high six blocks.

Louis Perona led Lane Tech with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Justin Brown and Aaron Varilla both knocked down two three-pointers for the Indians.

Hillcrest knocked down two quick three-pointers and led 6-2 early. The Hawks held onto their slim lead at the end of the first quarter, 13-12. 

Hillcrest struggled to score in the second quarter as the Hawks only scored six points. A three-pointer by Lane Tech's Justin Brown at 2:15 put the Indians up five and Lane Tech held a three-point advantage (22-19) at halftime.

Lane Tech led 24-19 after Rashad Harries’ layup at 7:06 but Hillcrest responded with a 7-1 run. The Hawks scored 18 points in the quarter and led 37-34 entering the fourth.

Hillcrest scored the first four points of the fourth quarter and grabbed their largest lead of the contest at 41-34. The Hawks made their free throws down the stretch and held on for the 48-43 win.

Hillcrest (9-5) won their final two games in the tournament after a one-point loss to Morton in the second round of the championship bracket. They defeated Hyde Park in the opening round on Thursday. Following an opening-round win over St. Joseph, Lane Tech (9-7) lost to Bogan Friday and defeated Proviso East on Saturday.

St. Joseph's Second-Half Run Leads the Way to Consolation Title of PWHT

[Box Score] The consolation championship game for the 59th Proviso West Holiday Tournament matched the Leo High School Lions from Chicago against the St. Joseph High School Chargers of Westchester. A game of runs was finally decided by the Chargers bridging the third and fourth quarters with an 11-point run, and they prevailed in the end, topping the Lions 59-47.

The two games played a solid and entertaining first half. St. Joseph won the first quarter 14-8 and later led by as many as 10, but Leo came back to win the second quarter 21-15, resulting in a 29-29 tie at the half. The Chargers shot 52 percent (13-25) from the field to the Lions’ 44 percent (10-23), but Leo did a better job of drawing fouls and getting to the free-throw line, where they cashed in on nine of 11. Rebounds were even, and there was just a differential of one in turnovers. Bryce Coleman was the hot hand for St. Joseph, coming off the bench to score 14 points on 6-7 shooting, while Kendale Anderson led Leo with 10 points on 3-6 shooting and 4-4 from the line.

After each team scored to open the third quarter, Leo reeled off seven points in a row, starting with Anderson’s put-back slam. Tim Howard made two free throws, and Terrance Ford Jr. canned a three to give Leo its biggest lead of the game at seven. However, St. Joseph scored the final eight points of the quarter, with J. Caleb Slawinski making two free throws before the buzzer and returning the lead to the Chargers, 39-38 at the end of three.

Coleman extended the Chargers’ run to 11 as he connected on a three from the corner to open the fourth quarter. St. Joseph would not let down after that, and their defense held Leo to just two of 13 shooting in the quarter. Meanwhile, the Chargers shot 4-5 from the field but, more importantly, hit on 11 of 13 free throws to keep the Lions at bay.

The Chargers had just one player in double-figure scoring, as Coleman hit on 9-12 overall, 3-5 on threes for 21 points. St. Joseph won on the glass by a 32-27 margin, with Coleman and Slawinski each pulling down six rebounds. Kyle Thomas made his presence felt inside with nine points, five rebounds and six blocked shots.

The Lions were led by Ford with 16 points. Anderson finished with 14 points and eight rebounds.

St. Joseph won their last three games in the tournament after a four-point opening-round loss to Lane Tech. The Chargers now are at 8-6 for the season. Leo’s two-game winning streak was snapped after an opening-round eight-point loss to Morton. The Lions are at 6-8 for the season.

Battle of Warriors Goes to Perspectives

[Box Score] Game two of day four at the 59th Proviso West Holiday Tournament pitted the Warriors versus the Warriors – Crete-Monee High School versus Perspectives Leadership Academy. Both sides fought hard for a win after going 0-2 in the first two days of the tournament, and it was Perspectives that won the game in the final 12 seconds by a score of 64-60.

Perspectives gained the upper hand early by bolting to a 12-0 lead. With PLA already leading 4-0, 6’ 5” junior Jeffery Oakley hit two threes and added a slam on the break to complete the initial dozen. Crete-Monee put their first points on the board at the 3:06 mark as Johnny Evans scored on a layup. That would trigger an 8-0 run by Crete-Monee, and the first quarter would finish with PLA holding a 14-10 advantage.

The second quarter saw PLA open up the lead. Omari Bender was at the end of three successful fast breaks, and Jaheim Tate rang up a three late in the half. PLA would shoot 8-12 from the field and outscore Crete-Monee 20-12 to take a 12-point halftime lead.

PLA’s lead was at 43-28 in the third quarter when Crete-Monee made its move. It began with a three by Terry Elias for his team’s first three of the day. Evans followed with three inside scores, and when Coy Hampton knocked down two free throws, Crete-Monee had an 11- 0 run and was within 45-40 at the end of three.

A three by Jalen Shaw extended PLA’s lead to 50-42 early in the fourth, but they could not hold off Crete-Monee indefinitely. Elias’ two free throws would tie the game at the 2:30 mark, setting up a couple of lead changes over the next few minutes. With the score tied 60-60 and 40 seconds remaining, Crete-Monee had an opportunity to go ahead, but two missed free throws were costly. PLA then worked for an opening, and they found it when Bender slipped a pass inside to Jovon White for the go-ahead layup with 12 seconds left. A steal and two final free throws by Shaw wrapped this game up in PLA’s favor.

Oakley led PLA with 21 points and also added six rebounds, four assists and two steals. White’s winning basket gave him 11 points to go with 11 rebounds, and Shaw added 10 points. PLA recorded 20 steals for the game, led by Bender’s seven and White’s six.

Elias paced Crete-Monee with 20 points, while Evans had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

With the win, PLA improved to 4-10 on the season. Crete-Monee fell to 1-11.

Hyde Park Holds Firm in Fourth to Defeat Larkin

[Box Score] The final day of the 59th Proviso West Holiday Tournament tipped off with a battle between Larkin High School and Hyde Park Academy, two teams that had lost both of their earlier games in the tournament. A competitive battle saw both teams have their runs of play, but Hyde Park gained control in the fourth quarter and earned a 64-57 victory.

Larkin scored on their first two possessions for a 5-0 lead, but Hyde Park’s Michael Brown hit a jumper, and that ignited a 12-0 run for the Thunderbirds. Zach Miller and Lamont Williams followed with threes to take the lead. Damari Wheeler-Thomas sank two free throws to put the Royals back on the board, but the Thunderbirds responded with an 8-0 run, and they eventually led 23-10 after the first quarter.

The Royals regrouped and began the second quarter with 13 straight points, with Mirko Sarovic’s layup tying the game at the 4:11 mark. Wheeler-Thomas’ three gave Larkin a short-lived 26-25 lead, but Hyde Park finished the half in strong fashion with an 11-1 run. Brown and Miller punctuated the run with threes, and the Thunderbirds went into halftime leading 36-27.

The pattern continued in the third quarter with Larkin putting up the first eight points. Hyde Park would hold on to their lead until the 2:31 mark when Larkin’s Sarovic drilled a three to knot the game at 42-42. Moments later, Jamarion Stubbs gave the Royals a brief two-point lead, but Raeshom Harris hit a three from the left corner to put Hyde Park back on top. Harris added another basket before the quarter ended, staking the Thunderbirds to a 47-44 lead with one quarter to go.

Hyde Park denied Larkin any momentum at the start of the fourth quarter. Although Wheeler-Thomas hit a layup to get the Royals within one, Miller answered with his fifth three of the game, and the Thunderbirds would not give up the lead this time. Hyde Park protected its lead by hitting 7-8 free throws in the quarter, and Lamont Wiliams hit a late three to help ensure Hyde Park’s victory.

Miller finished with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds while also blocking four shots. Williams and Brown each scored 11, while Maurice Clay added 10 points and seven rebounds. Vernon Henry matched Miller with 10 rebounds as the Thunderbirds won the battle of the boards by a 38-30 margin.

Wheeler-Thomas led the Royals with 27 points, including three three-pointers and 14-16 from the free-throw line. Jashon Johnson-Neals added 13 points and seven boards.

Hyde Park improved to 9-3 with the win while Larkin fell to 1-12.

Bogan Blows Out Zion-Benton to Return to PWHT Title Game

[Box Score] The second of two semifinals Saturday night at the 59th Proviso West Holiday Tournament featured Bogan High School versus Zion-Benton High School. Bogan was looking to return to the title game after defeating Whitney Young last year, while Zion-Benton was aiming for its first appearance in the PWHT title game. But as the game progressed, it became clear that Bogan would not be denied its opportunity, as they turned on the jets in the third quarter and raced to an impressive 81-42 victory.

Bogan jumped out to a quick 8-1 lead as guard Darrion Jones scored twice on the fast break. Zion-Benton would begin to fight back, although the Bengals maintained the lead until the final minute of the quarter. With Bogan leading 12-7, Amar Augilard threw down a dunk, and Floyd Bailey nailed a three at the buzzer to knot the game up at 12-12.

In the second quarter, Bogan would bolt out to another lead by another method. Scott Lanier Jr. would come off the bench and hit four of five field goals from three-point range. Antione Bloxton was also a factor in this run, as he hit a couple of threes and scored 12 points total. The Bengals shot 54 percent for the quarter on nine of 17, and they would take a 38-27 lead into the half. The Bengals put this game out of reach at the outset of the third quarter. Kyndall Davis started the half with an inside jumper and followed with a three to spark a 10-0 run. Augilard finally got the Zee-Bees on the board for the half, but Bloxton answered at the other end with a three from the left corner. The run kept going, as consecutive steals set up Kyndall Davis and JaQuan Davis for acrobatic slams. When the dust had settled, Bogan had outscored Zion-Benton 28-6 in the quarter, and the Bengals headed into the fourth with a 33-point lead.

There would be no drama required in the final quarter, although Bogan shot 7-11 and put a capper on a second half in which they shot 17 of 26 for 65 percent. By contrast, Zion-Benton shot just 5-22 (23 percent) for the half.

The Bengals’ bench outscored the Zee-Bees’ bench by 42-7. Bloxton finished with 21 points, including 5-9 on threes, and added five rebounds and five assists. Lanier was 5-6 on threes for 15 points. Bogan’s starters were led by Ideary Mooney with 12 points and seven boards. The Zee-Bees were led by Augilard’s 15 points.

The PWHT championship game will be played at 7:00 on Sunday between Bogan (13-1) and Morton, preceded at 5:30 by the third-place game between Zion-Benton (7-5) and Fenwick.

Morton Comes Through at the End (Again) to advance to Title Game

[Box Score] Four teams remained in the hunt for the title of the 59th Proviso West Holiday Tournament as Fenwick and Morton High Schools tipped off in Saturday night’s first of two semifinals. Both teams rose to the occasion in this game, with an exciting and memorable contest going down to the wire. In the end, a three-point play with 0.9 seconds remaining lifted Morton to their second heart-stopping win in the last 24 hours, this one 64-63 over Fenwick.

To no one's surprise, Fenwick went to Bryce Hopkins to get them started. The 6’ 6” forward obliged with seven early points, including a baseline drive that culminated in a thunderous slam. However, Morton guard Jesus Perez got his team off and running with a three-pointer and a driving layup. The Friars would build a 19-9 lead late in the quarter, but a basket by Eliseo Gonzolez and a three by Friday night’s hero Mannuel Rodriguez cut the 10-point margin in half to 19-14.

The Mustangs hung close in the second quarter, but the Friars went to the three-point shot down the stretch. Cal Malchow, Gabe Madej and Sean Walsh all connected from deep, and Trey Pettigrew hit his third triple just 20 seconds before the buzzer, and Fenwick went to the locker room at halftime with a 40-31 lead.

An 11-2 run at the start of the third quarter put Morton back in the running. Trailing by 10, Perez hit a three from deep. Orlando Cervantes followed with a three-point play underneath, and Trenten Nadolski’s put-back got the Mustangs within two. A Fenwick turnover then led to three cracks at the tying basket, and Cervantes finished off the sequence to tie the game 42-42. The Friars then answered with an 8-0 run of their own, reverting back to the three-point strategy. Malchow and David Gieser both connected from downtown, with a Hopkins layup sandwiched in-between. Nadolski interrupted Fenwick’s run, but Hopkins would score the final two points of the quarter as the Friars went to the fourth, leading 52-44.

The momentum returned to Morton as the final quarter began. Perez and Rodriguez drove in for layups on the first two possessions, and Perez hit a three moments later to make the score 52-51. That set the stage for a thrilling six minutes of basketball, with neither team’s lead getting to more than one score. The game came down to the final seconds with Morton in possession, trailing 63-61. The Mustangs worked the clock down as Perez began his drive to the basket. He then found Nadolski underneath with a quick pass, and the 6’ 6” senior went up strong, twisting to his left as he was fouled. The ball fell through the net with 0.9 seconds remaining to tie the score. Following a timeout, Nadolski calmly hit the free throw, and a final desperation shot by the Friars was off target.

Perez scored 20 points (8-14 shooting) and added six rebounds and three assists, the final one on Nadolski’s basket. Cervantes added 13 points, six rebounds and three steals. Nadolski’s heroics gave him seven points for the game. The Mustangs shot 27-60 (45 percent) for the night and won the boards by a 31-30 margin.

Hopkins tied Perez for scoring honors with 20 points on 7-14 shooting and 6-7 from the free-throw line. He also pulled down 12 rebounds and added four assists and two steals. Pettigrew added 14 points (four three-pointers) and added three assists and three steals. Fenwick shot 23-49 (47 percent) from the field, including 10-27 on threes.

Morton (9-3) will aim for their second-ever PWHT title Sunday night at 7:00, having defeated Proviso West in the 2008 title game. They will take on the winner of tonight’s second semifinal between Bogan and Zion-Benton. Fenwick (11-2) will play the loser of that semifinal for third place at 5:30.

Lane Tech Makes Plays Down the Stretch to Hold Off Proviso East

[Box Score] Day three of the 59th Proviso West Holiday Tournament continued this afternoon with a matchup between Lane Tech high School and Proviso East High School. These two teams would battle for the right to play Hillcrest High School for fifth place in the tournament. A hard-fought contest for 32 minutes finally went to Lane Tech on the strength of some clutch baskets and free throws by a 54-49 score.

The two teams played through an even first quarter. Eric Stemper carried the load early for Lane Tech with seven points and four rebounds. By contrast, Proviso East spread out their scoring between six different players. Michael Osborne’s first two points of the game with a minute left tied the game 14-14.

Proviso East began the second quarter with a 7-1 run, five points coming from Marquel Saleek. However, Lane Tech started back behind a three by Aaron Varilla, and a 6-0 run of their own gave the Indians a temporary one-point lead. However, Osbourne scored the final two points of the half with 19 seconds left, and the Pirates took a 25-24 lead into the break.

Lane Tech came out with some fire to start the second half and put together a 12-4 run, led by Rashad Harries and Aaron McQueen. The Indians would go up by as many as seven, but a late turnover and a basket by the Pirates’ Javon Johnson trimmed the deficit to 38-35 after three.

The start of the fourth quarter saw both the defenses and the intensity go up a few notches. The Pirates caught the Indians midway through the quarter and then took a 46-45 lead on a right-corner three by Saleek. However, Lane Tech regained the lead on free throws by Stemper at the 2:49 mark, and that would be the final lead change of the game. A layup by Stemper and free throws by McQueen would enable the Indians to hold on and close out the contest.

The Indians were led by Harries with 19 points, three assists and three steals. Stemper added 15 points (5-5 from the field) and six rebounds, and Perona helped Lane Tech control the boards by a 40-34 count with 10 rebounds.

Osbourne and Saleek tied for scoring honors for Proviso East (7-5) with 12 points each. Osbourne also made six steals, while Kaevon Rice had four assists and four steals.

Lane Tech (9-6) will play Hillcrest for fifth place in the PWHT on Sunday afternoon at 4:00.

Rollins Sets Tone Early in Hillcrest's Convincing Win

[Box Score] Saturday’s game between Hillcrest High School and Uplift High School at the 59th Proviso West Holiday Tournament was a battle of two sides looking to bounce back from tough second-round losses on Friday. The Hillcrest Hawks fared much better in putting the memory of Morton’s half-court buzzer beater behind them, and their first quarter set a decisive tone for the day in a one-sided 63-39 win over Uplift.

Much of the first quarter was a one-man show starring Hillcrest’s Julius Rollins. The 6’ 6” junior scored the Hawks’ first 11 points, earning himself close-in shots when not drawing fouls. Meanwhile, Hillcrest’s defense frustrated Uplift into seven turnovers and just nine shots from the field, compared to the Hawks’ 18. Rollins finished the quarter with 13 points, with his team holding a commanding 18-8 lead.

The second quarter was more of the same for the Hawks, although more of the roster got in on the scoring. Hillcrest finished the half with 18 points off 15 Uplift turnovers, and the Hawks owned the boards by a 26-12 margin. Rollins had a double-double at the half with 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Hillcrest was in control by a 37-19 score.

There were no threatening runs by the Titans in the second half. The closest margin would be 16 points early in the fourth quarter, The Hawks continued to hold an approximate 2:1 ratio on the boards, and the Titans’ cold shooting prevented any sustained rallies.

Rollins finished with 20 points and 17 rebounds, while Kenton Wright was next in line for points with 11. Wright also dished out five assists and made seven steals.

For Uplift (6-9), they were led by Greg Ruben with 13 points, including three three-pointers. Devon Harris came off the bench to score 12 points and pull down six rebounds.

Hillcrest (8-5) will advance to play the winner of Lane Tech/Proviso East for fifth place in the tournament. The game is scheduled to tip off Sunday at 4:00.

Third Quarter Puts St. Joseph in Control Against Dunbar

[Box Score] Dunbar High School of Chicago and St. Joseph High School of Westchester took to the floor this afternoon to battle for the right to play Leo High School in Sunday’s consolation championship game of the 59th Proviso West Holiday Tournament. The game was close for a half, but St. Joseph took control in the third quarter and would continue to roll to a 59-50 victory. 

The first half saw Dunbar grab an early 10-5 lead behind a three and a two by Jerrell Edwards, but St. Joseph came back and took a lead on Bryce Coleman’s three. However, a basket by La’Ron Owens ended the first quarter 14-13 in favor of Dunbar. St. Joseph rallied to take the second quarter. Markus Becton scored inside twice and hit a couple of free throws as the Chargers took a 21-17 lead. They continued directing their offense inside as Coleman and J. Caleb Slawinski tallied late to give St, Joseph the biggest lead of the game, 29-21 at halftime.

Not much changed after the break, as St. Joseph scored on three layups in the first 90 seconds to open up a 14-point lead. The Chargers would score the first 11 points of the quarter before Edwards got the Mightymen on the board with a running jumper in the lane at the 2:49 mark. That did little to slow the Chargers, who won the quarter 19-7 and held a 48-28 lead entering the final period.

Dunbar would pick up the pace in the fourth quarter in an attempt to rally. La’Ron Owens knocked down three shots from long range and would score 13 for the quarter, but the Mightymen would get no closer than the final nine-point margin.

The Chargers' dominance in the paint was evident on the final stat sheet. St. Joseph had a 50-34 margin on the glass and scored 38 points in the lane, 18 on second-chance opportunities. Becton led the way with 14 points, while Slawsinksi posted a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. Kyle Thomas just missed a second double-double for the Chargers with nine points and 12 rebounds.

Owens led Dunbar (9-4) with 25 points on 9-19 shooting overall, 5-9 from three-point range. Edwards put up a double-double for the Mightymen with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

St. Joseph (7-6) will battle Leo for the consolation championship title of the PWHT on Sunday. That contest is scheduled to tip off at 2:00.

Leo Holds Off Proviso West to Advance to Consolation Championship Game

[Box Score] Day three of the 59th Proviso West Holiday Tournament began with the host team Proviso West taking on Leo High School. This game would be for a berth in Sunday’s consolation championship game, and Leo claimed it with a 58-54 win.

Proviso West got off to a 5-0 lead, but Leo got on the board at the four-minute mark and put together a 10-0 run for the final four minutes of the quarter. Cameron Cleveland’s three capped the run to give the Lions their five-point lead after one. Terrance Ford Jr. opened the second quarter with a pair of threes to make it a 16-point run. The Panthers finally stopped the run and scored their first field goal in nine minutes as Omario Coleman hit a three from the top of the key to make the score 16-8. Later, the Panthers added another three by Marzarius Campbell, but the Lions held a 25-17 lead at halftime.

The second half began with Proviso West scoring the first 10 points, with Jacob Rawlings’ three from the right wing staking the Panthers to a 27-25 lead. Adarius West scored for Leo to tie the game, and the rest of the quarter would see a couple of lead changes. Ford had the final say for Leo as his three beat the buzzer and gave the Lions a 39-34 lead entering the final eight minutes.

Kendale Anderson started Leo off on the right foot in the fourth with a free throw and a layup, and Tim Howard scored on the break moments later to stretch the lead to 10. Proviso West would rally late, getting to within 50-49 with 1:28 remaining on Campbell’s layup. However, Anderson’s putback restored a three-point lead to the Lions, and a turnover led to Cleveland’s free throws. Leo sealed their victory by going 6-6 at the free-throw line in the final 40 seconds, and this would be enough to offset two late scores by Proviso West.

Ford led all scorers with 19 points on 7-13 from the field (3-4 on threes) while also adding six assists. Anderson posted a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Howard added 10 rebounds as the Lions won the battle of the boards by a 38-32 margin.

Proviso West (2-7) was led by Rawlings’ 15 points, which included 4-10 on three-point shots. Coleman and Campbell each chipped in with 14.

Leo (6-7) will advance to the consolation championship game of the PWHT at 2:00 on Sunday, playing either Dunbar or St. Joseph.

Zion-Benton Outlasts Proviso East in Overtime Thriller

[Box Score] Day two of the 59th Proviso West Holiday Tournament concluded with a matchup between Proviso East High School and Zion-Benton High School. This final quarterfinal game produced a high level of drama and intensity, and it was probably fitting that it went to overtime before Zion-Benton finally prevailed by a score of 77-74.

Proviso East bolted to an 8-2 lead in the first few minutes, but Zion-Benton battled back even midway through the quarter. The Zee-Bees would take a one-point lead in the final minute, but the Pirates’ Javon Johnson nailed a three at the buzzer to give his team a 16-14 edge after eight minutes.

As the teams moved through the second quarter, the Pirates began to gain momentum. With the lead at four points and 2:28 remaining, Proviso East ran off six straight points, capped by Jaloni Johnson’s layup. Amar Augilard answered for Zion-Benton with a three-point play, but Tim Shorts and Javon Johnson drilled threes in the final minute to boost the Pirates’ lead up to 41-28 at halftime.

The opening minutes of the third quarter were played at a break-neck pace as Zion-Benton made its move. Three buckets by Kaled Naylor provided the spark, and threes by Augilard and Floyd Bailey kept the Zee-Bees coming. Augilard’s two free throws at the 3:47 mark made it a 21-7 run and propelled Zion-Benton into the lead at 49-48. They would win the quarter 25-10 and lead after three, 53-51.

Midway through the fourth quarter, Proviso East tied the game at 58-58, setting the stage for a wild and tense finish. The Pirates tied the game at 67-67 on Michael Osbourne’s putback with 58 seconds left, and a turnover then gave them a chance for the winner. They worked the ball down to the final seconds before Osbourne missed on a 12-foot jumper, and the game headed into overtime.

Proviso East’s Marquel Saleek’s layup opened the extra session, giving the Pirates the lead. After each team split a pair of free throws, Naylor evened it for the Zee-Bees on a second-chance layup. Zion-Benton took the lead for good with 40 seconds left on Bailey’s jumper in the lane, and Bailey added two free throws after a steal to make it a four-point game. Devin Welch scored to get the Pirates back to within two, and they would get the ball back with a chance to tie or take the lead. However, a turnover and a final free throw by Naylor put the finishing touch on this contest.

Zion-Benton’s Augilard led all scorers with 27 points. He was followed by Bailey with 15, Naylor with 14 and Kent Shepard with 10 points and nine rebounds. Osbourne topped Proviso East with 18 points, and Saleek added 13.

The semifinals for Saturday are now set, with Zion-Benton (7-4) taking on defending tournament champion Bogan at 7:00 after the Fenwick-Morton game at 5:30. Proviso East (7-4) will play Lane Tech in the 4:00 game.

Bogan Within Two Wins of Repeating Tournament Title

[Box Score] Friday’s third quarterfinal game at the 59th Proviso West Holiday Tournament featured a pair of Chicago schools, Lane Tech and the 2018 PWHT champion Bogan. The Bengals faced a determined challenge from the Indians, particularly in the early stages of the game, but Bogan’s overall play inside would prove too much as they reserved a spot in Saturday’s semifinals with a 74-56 victory over Lane Tech.

The two teams played a fast-paced first quarter with good shooting efforts. Bogan’s offense came mostly on the inside, and they hit on 10 of 14 shots. Lane Tech was 6-10, but four of their baskets came from three-point range. In the second quarter, Bogan continued shooting over 50 percent with a 9-16 mark, but Lane Tech fell off by going just 4-13. The halftime stat sheet showed the Bengals going 20-31, highlighted by Kyndall Davis’ 17 points on 8-10 shooting. Davis also had five of Bogan’s seven steals, helping his team to 13 points off Lane Tech’s turnovers. The Indians got a strong half by Louis Perona with 16 points on 6-9 shooting, including three of the Indians’ five threes. However, Bogan led by a 42-30 margin at the break.

The game threatened to become a runaway as the Bengals ran off seven straight points to begin the third quarter and take a 19-point lead. However, the Indians would not go away, and they would battle back to within 11 points, aided by a three from Trent Askey. Bogan’s lead was at 13 entering the fourth quarter, and they began with another 7-0 run on two scores by Darrion Jones and a three by Antione Bloxton. This time, they would keep a safe distance, as Lane Tech got no closer than 17 points for the rest of the night.

Kyndall Davis led the Bengals with 20 points (9-14 shooting) and five steals. Jones finished with 12 points and eight assists, while JaQuan Davis added a double-double of 10 points (5-6 shooting) and 10 rebounds. Bogan shot a sizzling 62 percent for the game on 34-55 and recorded 50 of their points in the paint.

For the Indians, Perona recorded a double-double of 25 points (including four three-pointers) and 1 rebounds. Rashad Harries added 12 points. Lane Tech struggled after a 60 percent shooting mark in the opening quarter, and they finished with just 33 percent (20-60).

Bogan (12-1) will advance to Saturday night’s second semifinal at 7:00 against the winner of the Zion-Benton/Proviso East game. Lane Tech (8-6) will play the loser of that game at 4:00.

Fenwick 11-1 After Holding Off Uplift

[Box Score] The second of four quarterfinals in the winners’ bracket of the 59th Proviso West Holiday Tournament saw Fenwick High School battle Uplift High School. The fans in the Proviso West gymnasium got two games for the price of one, with a defensive battle in the first half and a more up-tempo matchup in the second half. In the end, Fenwick won their 11th game in 12 outings this season, holding off Uplift by a 64-55 score.

The defenses came out ready to go, with neither team scoring until almost two minutes had passed. Bryce Hopkins got Fenwick out of the gates with his team’s first three baskets. For Uplift, it was Davion McCarthy with the early hot hand, netting three baskets. Uplift led after one 11-9, but Fenwick had the better of the second quarter. Trey Pettigrew was good on a pair of three-pointers, and the Friars’ defense held the Titans to just four points, taking a 23-15 lead at the half.

Fenwick extended its lead in the third quarter. Once again, it was Hopkins with the first three baskets for the Friars. The scoring pace for both teams picked up, as Greg Ruben hit a three for Uplift, and McCarthy added to his total with a couple more baskets. However, Fenwick would win the quarter 20-15 with the help of a third-chance three by Pettigrew in the final seconds. The Friars led 43-30 after three.

The fourth quarter saw Fenwick look to pull away, with crowd-pleasing slams by Hopkins and Pettigrew. However, the Titans did not go quietly, as Ruben twice caught the Friars flat-footed with a steal followed by a three-pointer. His second three came with 3:19 left and pulled Uplift to within 53-45. The Titans got as close as six points (59-53) on Taijay Brown’s layup at the 1:27 mark, but Hopkins would bookend a great performance with the final five points on Fenwick’s side, and the Friars would hold off a determined Titan team.

Hopkins topped Fenwick with 23 points (9-15 shooting) and 13 rebounds while also adding six blocks, five assists and three steals to his line in the box score. Max Reese shot 9-11 from the field for 18 points, and Pettigrew finished with 12 points, six assists and three steals. Ruben led Uplift with 25 points, 23 coming in the second half. The 6’ 2” senior canned six of 11 shots from three-point range and also recorded eight steals. McCarthy shot 7-11 from the field and finished with 14 points, four assists and four steals.

Fenwick (11-1) will play in the first of the two Saturday semifinal games at 5:30 when they take on Morton High School. Uplift (6-8) will play a 2:00 game on Saturday against Hillcrest High School.

Rodriguez's 60-Footer Gives Morton Last-Second "Christmas Miracle"

[Box Score] There are still two days of basketball remaining at the 59th Proviso West Holiday Tournament, but it is hard to imagine a finish that will top this one. The first of four second-round winners’ bracket games on Friday paired the Hawks of Hillcrest High School versus the Mustangs of Morton High School. The game was close and entertaining throughout, with Hillcrest appearing to win in the final seconds, only to see Morton’s Mannuel Rodriguez hit a 60-footer at the buzzer to give the Mustangs a miraculous 70-69 win.

Morton was sharp from the outset, hitting five of their first six shots for a 10-4 lead, with all five starters making their way into the scoring column. However, a three by Kenton Wright ignited the Hawks, and a couple of steals that resulted in Mar’Keise Irving baskets on the break enabled Hillcrest to take a 17-15 lead after one quarter.

Hillcrest began the second quarter with an Irving three, followed by a Julius Rollins’ three-point play to take an eight-point lead. The Hawks led 27-22, but then it was the Mustangs’ turn to battle back as guard Jesus Perez struck with three straight layups. Morton was not finished, as Rodriguez hit on two threes from the left wing to cap a 12-0 run and grab a 34-27 lead. The Mustangs would carry the momentum from that run to a 40-33 lead at the half.

The Mustangs maintained their lead through the third quarter with 7-8 shooting from the field. A highlight of the quarter was an alley-oop pass on the break from Perez to Kendell Nichols. The Hawks stayed in the chase with threes by Irving and Kamarion Cobb, but a buzzer-beating layup by Perez made the score Morton 56, Hillcrest 48 at the end of three.

A pair of threes by Wright allowed the Hawks to make a charge early in the fourth, and a corner three from Jakobi Heady at the 2:30 mark drew the Hawks even at 65-65. The game came down to the final seconds with Hillcrest gaining possession on a turnover. Irving fired a three from the right wing that was off the mark, but Rollins was in perfect position to re-direct the ball into the net with 2.3 seconds remaining. Rollins’ tip-in put Hillcrest up by two, but Morton’s inbounds came to Rodriguez, who took a couple of dribbles and fired from about 60 feet. The ball hit the backboard and the front of the rim, spinning off to kiss the backboard again and going through the net as the buzzer sounded.

Rodriguez’s game-winner was his fifth three-pointer of the game and enabled him to claim Morton high-scoring honors with 17 points. Perez added 15 points and six assists, while the Mustangs’ other double-figure scorers included Nichols with 14 and Orlando Cervantes with 11. Morton shot 64 percent for the game on 29-45 overall, 7-17 on threes.

Irving led the Hawks with 17 points and four steals. Rollins was next in line with 16 points and nine rebounds, followed by Hamahrie Bowers with 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, and Wright with 11 points, 10 assists and four steals.

Morton (8-3) will advance to one of Saturday night’s semifinals when they play the winner of the Uplift/Fenwick game at 5:30. Hillcrest (7-5) will play the loser of that game on Saturday at 2:00.

Big Second Quarter Leads Dunbar Past Perspectives

[BOX SCORE] After hard-fought losses yesterday in the opening round of the 59th Annual Proviso West Holiday Basketball Tournament for both Dunbar and Perspectives Leadership, both teams would take the floor this afternoon in a consolation bracket matchup. Using a big second quarter run, Dunbar (9-3) was able to build a 19 point lead up in the first half and cruise to a 70-48 win over Perspectives Leadership (3-10) to advance to the consolation semifinal.

In total eight different players scored in the game for Dunbar. Isaiah Robinson led the way with 15 points on 5-10 shooting Zackery Lipscomb and Jerrell Edwards finished with 14 and 13 points respectively. As a team Dunbar shot 40 percent from the floor and 5-16 from three.

Jeffery Oakley had a big game for Perspectives Leadership. Oakley would record a double-double with 17 points and matched a tournament high with 16 rebounds. As a team Perspectives Leadership shot 30.8 percent from the floor and 3-19 from three.

In the first, Dunbar opened up a six point lead midway through the first when they used a 6-0 run which was powered by three layups by three different players. They extended the lead to as many as seven in the quarter when Damione Howard hit a three with just 46 seconds remaining in the quarter. The Perspectives were able to score the final three points of the quarter to pull back within 18-14 after one.

Dunbar continued to have their way on both sides of the floor in the second quarter. Already leading by six midway through the quarter, Dunbar was able to rip off a 9-0 run to extend their lead to 15. In total Dunbar was able to force 14 Perspectives turnovers in the first half and converted that to 18 points. Dunbar was able to pad their lead on a La’Ron Owens layup before the buzzer to take a 41-22 lead into the half.

In the third Perspectives was able to cut into their deficit early. They cut the Dunbar lead to 13 when they converted a Jovon White steal into an Omari Bender fastbreak jumper. Dunbar answered however, building their lead back out to 56-32 after three quarters of play.

Dunbar was able to thwart off any comeback in the fourth, cruising to a 70-48 win.

Dunbar advances to take on St. Joseph in the consolation semifinals tomorrow at 12:30pm. Perspectives will play one final game in the tournament on Sunday afternoon at 12:30 against Crete-Monee.

St.Joseph holds on late to down Crete-Monee

[BOX SCORE] Looking to advance in the consolation bracket, St.Joseph (6-6) was able to outlast Crete-Monee (1-10) by a final score of 64-61 to advance in the 58th Annual Proviso West Holiday Classic. St.Joseph was able to build out their lead to as many as 12 in the contest, but Crete-Monee continued to fight back, getting within one late in the fourth.

Kyle Thomas led the St.Joseph attack with 22 points on 11-15 shooting. He also had eight rebounds. Jon Robinson hit two trees and finished with 16 points and six assists. As a team St.Joseph shot 56.9 percent from the floor.

Tavaris Bell led Crete-Monee with 17 points on 8-14 shooting. Terry Elias and Johnny Evans also finished in double figures. As a team Crete-Monee shot 37.9 percent from the floor and were 8-21 from three. Crete-Monee scored the opening basket of the game and built up a five point lead early. St.Joseph used a 16-3 run over the next five minutes to take the lead 18-11. Crete-Monee’s Evans hit a three late to pull his team back within 19-14 after one.

In the second, St.Joseph kept the offense going, extending the lead to 23-16 on a Bryce Coleman jumper with 5:58 remaining in the quarter. Breeshaun Anderson kept Crete-Monee close with a three following the Coleman jumper. Crete-Monee had pulled within three, but St.Joseph was able to extend the lead back out to 34-27 at the half on jumpers by Bryce Coleman and Demeko Nutall Jr.

St.Joseph continued to add on early in the third, they extended their lead to nine on a Jon Robinson three. Crete-Monee fought back however, using a 6-0 run that included two fastbreak layups and a Bell jumper to pull within 39-36. St.Joseph was able to extend their lead to 47-42 at the end of the third when Thomas finished off a tip-in right before the buzzer.

St.Joseph broke things open early in the fourth. They opened the quarter on a 7-0 run to extend their lead to 54-42. Crete-Monee was able to fight back late with a three by Coy Hampton and a Elias layup. Elias was able to bring Crete-Monee back within one on a three, but they would ultimately come up short by a final score of 64-61.

St.Joseph will advance in the consolation bracket to take on the winner of the Dunbar and Perspectives matchup on Saturday at 12:30pm. Crete-Monee will play one final game in the tournament on Sunday afternoon at 12:30pm.

Balanced Effort As Proviso West Pulls Away From Larkin

[Box Score] The host Proviso West Panthers moved on in the consolation bracket of the 59th Annual Proviso West Holiday Tournament with a 73-61 win over the Larkin Royals on Friday morning.

The Royals opened a 14-7 lead over the first five minutes of the game before the Panthers answered, scoring nine of the final ten points of the quarter to take a 16-15 lead at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Proviso West extended its lead to 23-17 before Larkin’s Damari Wheeler-Thomas buried back-to-back triples to even the score 23-23.  The Panthers then answered when Jacob Rawlings buried a pair of threes of his own before Marious Campbell finished a lob off the glass by Omarion Coleman with a two-hand slam, pushing the Proviso lead to eight, 31-23, with 3:45 to play in the first half.

The Panthers maintained that lead throughout the first half, adding to it with a 6-0 run to open the third quarter before Larkin’s Wheeler-Thomas buried his third three of the game to cut the lead to ten, 42-32 with just over six minutes to play in the quarter.

Larkin cut the lead back to single digits when Jashon Johnson-Neals had a rebound and put-back but the Panthers answered with a corner three by Kijuan Walker followed by a steal and bucket for Josh Simmons-Doxie, pushing the Proviso lead back to double-digits, 47-34 with just over four minutes left in the period.

The Panthers carried that same 13-point lead into the fourth before pulling away, leading by as many as 22 points en route to a 73-61 win.

Rawlings led a balanced Proviso West offense, dropping in a team-high 16 points to lead four in double-figures. Simmons-Doxie added 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting, while Lucas Calvin chipped in 12 and Campbell finished with ten.

For the Royals, Wheeler-Thomas finished with a game-high 22 points on 8-for-14 shooting.  Johnson-Neals finished with 11 points, going 5-for-6 at the free throw line.

Advancing in the consolation bracket, Proviso West will take on Leo at 11:00 p.m. on Saturday morning in consolation semifinals while Larkin will take on Hyde Park on Sunday, December 29, at 11:00 a.m.

Leo’s Anderson Muscles Lions Past Hyde Park

[Box Score] The Leo Lions (5-7) opened day two of the 59th Annual Proviso West Holiday Tournament with a 64-40 win over the Hyde Park Thunderbirds (8-3) in the consolation bracket on Friday.  The Lions started the game with a 2-0 lead after the Thunderbirds were issued an administrative technical to start the game.  Leo went on to lead for 28 of a possible 32 minutes. 

Leading 15-13 after the first quarter, Leo used an 8-2 run to start the second, opening a 23-15 lead and forcing a Hyde Park timeout with 4:31 remaining in the half.  Out of the timeout, Hyde Park’s Maurice Clay finished a left-hand layup through contact but missed the free throw.

The Thunderbirds managed to trim the lead down to four, 30-26, when Malik Jenkins buried a three at the buzzer.

After a Leo turnover on the first possession of the third quarter, Hyde Park’s Lamont Williams buried a three before Clay finished through traffic, giving the Thunderbirds a 31-30 lead and forcing a Leo timeout with just under six minutes to play in the quarter.

After trading baskets, Anderson started and finished a quick 6-0 Leo spurt, finished with an alley-oop dunk in which the 6’7 Anderson reached behind his head, cocking back for a right-hand slam and forcing a Hyde Park timeout with 2:54 to play and the Lions leading 38-33.  Leo added a pair of buckets before the end of the third, taking their largest lead of the morning, 42-33, into the fourth quarter.

Hyde Park’s Jalen Houston scored the first five points of the fourth, trimming the Leo lead down to four, 42-38, before Leo’s LaShaun Glover knocked down a corner three with 7:00 to play.

After a Leo timeout, the Lions scored nine of the next 11 to extend their lead to 12, 51-39, with four minutes remaining.  Hyde Park split a pair of free throws before Anderson gave Lions their largest lead of the game with a slam along the left baseline and an easy lay in in transition, pushing Leo’s lead to 55-40 and the Lions never looked back.

Anderson finished with a game-high 30 points and added 13 rebounds for the double-double. Glover added 12 points while Terrance Ford, Jr. finished with ten and five assists in the winning effort.

For the Thunderbirds, Houston scored a team-high 12 points on 4-for-11 shooting while Lamont Williams added 11 in the loss.

Leo advances in the consolation bracket, taking on the winner of the Proviso West-Larkin game on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. while Hyde Park will next play in the 59th annual Proviso West Holiday Tournament on Sunday, December 29, at 11:00 a.m.

Proviso East forces 33 turnovers in 81-66 win over Perspectives

[Box Score] The second session of day one at the 59th Proviso West Holiday Tournament concluded with a contest between Proviso East and Perspectives. Proviso East scored 38 points off 33 Perspectives turnovers in an 81-66 victory.

Proviso East’s Michael Osbourne led all scorers with 28 points on 12-of-24 shooting. Osbourne also had seven rebounds, six assists and four steals. Lartrell Boyle (12 points) and Marquel Saleek (10 points) were also in double-digits for Proviso East.

Jeffery Oakley (16 points) and Omari Bender (15 points) led Perspectives offensively. Oakley recorded a double-double with 10 rebounds while Jovon White contributed 12 rebounds and four blocks. 

Perspectives led 16-15 in the first quarter before Proviso East went on an 11-0 run. Proviso East collected 14 first-half steals and led 38-29 at halftime.

In the second half, Proviso East took its largest lead at 56-35 with 3:19 remaining in the third quarter. Perspectives scored 21 out of the next 26 points and Proviso East’s advantage was trimmed to five (61-56) with 7:35 left in the contest. Proviso responded with a 14-0 run to put the game away.

Proviso East (7-3) will play Zion Benton in second-round winners’ bracket action on Friday at 8:30 pm. Perspectives (3-9) will take on Dunbar on Friday at 2 pm.

Augilard’s 33 points leads Zion Benton past Dunbar, 84-67

[Box Score] Day one, game seven of the 59th Proviso West Holiday Tournament saw Dunbar take on Zion Benton. After a tight first quarter, Zion Benton used an 11-0 run in the second quarter to pull away for a 84-67 victory.

Amar Augilard (33 points), Floyd Bailey (23 points) and Kaled Naylor (19 points) combined for 75 of Zion Benton’s 84 points. Bailey made six three-pointers and Augilard grabbed 11 rebounds. Kent Shepard added eight points, nine rebounds and six assists.

Jerrell Edwards (18 points), Isaiah Robinson (13 points) and La’Ron Owens (13 points) were in double-digits for Dunbar. Owens dished out eight assists and Robinson knocked down four three-pointers.

Zion Benton led 17-16 at the end of the first quarter and used an 11-0 run to take a 44-33 lead into halftime. Zion Benton grabbed nine offensive rebounds and scored 10 second-chance points. The teams combined to make 12-of-26 three pointers in a fast-paced first half.

Dunbar was able to get within 46-39 before Zion Benton outscored them 22-7 the remainder of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Dunbar trimmed the deficit from 24 to 12 but the outcome was already decided.

Zion Benton (6-4) will advance to a second-round game on Friday at 8:30 pm against the winner of the Proviso East/Perspectives game. Dunbar (8-3) will play the loser of that contest Friday at 2 pm.

Bogan rolls to 72-31 win over Crete-Monee

[Box Score] Game six of first-round play at the 59th Proviso West Holiday Tournament matched Bogan and Crete-Monee. Bogan led the entire way in a dominating 72-31 victory.

Darrion Jones (14 points) and Ideary Mooney (12 points) led Bogan on offense. On defense, Tremear Fraley recorded four blocks and Antione Bloxton collected a game-high four steals. Trayvon Rudolph led Crete-Monee with six points and five rebounds.

Bogan held Crete-Monee to 25 percent shooting and forced 34 turnovers. Bogan collected 25 steals and scored 37 points off Crete-Monee's turnovers.

Bogan (11-1) will advance to the second round on Friday at 7 pm against Lane Tech, while Crete-Monee (1-9) will play St. Joseph Friday at 12:30 pm.

Lane Tech rallies late to defeat St. Joseph 45-41

[Box Score] The second session of day one at the 59th Proviso West Holiday Tournament started with a contest between St. Joseph and Lane Tech. St. Joseph held its largest lead (36-29) at the end of three quarters but strong defense allowed Lane Tech to outscore St. Joseph 16-5 in the final quarter.

Louis Perona led Lane Tech with 13 points and Aaron Varilla added 10 (2-of-6 three pointers). On defense, Aaron McQueen had nine rebounds and five blocks while Eric Stemper added three steals.

Bryce Coleman led St. Joseph with 13 points while Markus Becton added eight points and three steals. Kyle Thomas collected seven rebounds and a game-high six blocks.

Lane Tech got off to a fast start and led 15-6 with three minutes left in the first quarter. St. Joseph outscored Lane Tech 15-6 in the second quarter and led 27-23 at halftime.

A low-scoring third quarter ended with St. Joseph up 36-29 as Lane Tech only scored six points for the second consecutive quarter. A three-pointer by Lane Tech's Aaron Varilla tied the contest at 39-39 with 2:08 left in the fourth quarter. Lane Tech forced key turnovers and sank 6-of-7 free throws down the stretch to secure the 45-41 victory.

Lane Tech (8-5) will play the winner of Bogan/Crete-Monee on Friday at 7 pm. St. Joseph (5-6) will take on the loser of Bogan/Crete-Monee on Friday at 12:30 pm.

Hopkins Dominating in Fenwick's Win Over Larkin

[Box Score] The first session of day one at the 59th Proviso West Holiday Tournament concluded with a battle between Fenwick High School of Oak Park versus Larkin High School of Elgin. While Fenwick led from wire to wire, Larkin hung in tenaciously until a late burst at the end of the third quarter put the Friars firmly in control, and they would roll to a 69-56 victory.

The Friars got off to a strong start behind their junior forward, Bryce Hopkins. The 6’ 6” Hopkins scored his team’s first 11 points as Fenwick quickly built a 16-3 lead. The Royals cut into the lead with a few scores before the Friars’ David Geiser hit a three in the final minute to boost Fenwick’s lead to 21-9 after one. However, Larkin would outscore Fenwick by a 12-8 count in the second quarter as Damari Wheeler-Thomas connected twice from three-point range.  Wheeler-Thomas scored 11 for the half as Larkin stayed within eight points of Fenwick at 29-21.

While the Royals continued to stay in the chase for much of the third quarter, it was the final minute which allowed the Friars to break things open. Elan Pugh hit a three from the top of the key for a 12-point edge. Hopkins then got loose on a couple of fast breaks that resulted in two throw-downs, the second one beating the buzzer and loudly punctuating a 7-0 run to put Fenwick’s lead at 48-32. The Friars would not be seriously threatened in the fourth quarter, with Fenwick building its lead as high as 17 points.

Hopkins had a masterful performance with 30 points, shooting 12-22 from the field and 4-5 from the free=throw line. He also added a game-high 15 rebounds and five assists. Max Reese added 13 points (6-9 shooting and six rebounds, and Pugh also scored in double figures with 12. Larkin was led by Wheeler-Thomas with 21 points, while Jashon Johnson-Neals added 12 points and four assists.

Fenwick High School (10-1) will play Uplift High School in second-round winners’ bracket action on Friday at 5:30. Larkin High School (1-10) will take on host Proviso West High School on Friday morning at 11:00.

Uplift Takes Down Host Proviso West in First Round

[Box Score] Day one, game three of the 59th Proviso West Holiday Tournament saw the home team take the floor against the Titans of Chicago’s Uplift High School. It was Uplift that would make themselves at home by leading much of the game, and although Proviso West would tie a couple of times, they would never take the lead for themselves. In the end, Uplift survived a late rally by Proviso West to win 62-58.

Uplift led from the game’s opening basket by Kymeon Mayo, and the Titans kept the lead through solid 54 percent shooting (13-24). Late in the quarter, Fernando Alvarez-May would connect on a pair of threes as Uplift held a 19-13 advantage after eight minutes. Proviso West trailed 23-15 midway through the second quarter but fought back into it with a strong inside game. The Panthers outrebounded the Titans 18-13 in the half, and they capitalized on that stat in part with nine second-chance points. The home team’s 13 first-half field goals all came in the paint, including Calvin Lucas’ layup in the final minute that sent the Panthers to the half trailing by only 30-28.

Uplift still led 45-42 after three, but Proviso West finally caught the Titans at 47-47 as Josh Simmons-Doxie finished a fast break. The Panthers then hit a cold stretch of four minutes without a field goal, and the Titans took advantage of it to hit the hosts with a 10-3 run.

Proviso West eventually ended the drought and saw their opportunity come in the final minute. Trailing 59-54, Simmons-Doxie scored following a steal by Lucas. Then, Alvarez-May split a pair of free throws to lift the Titans’ lead back to four. The Panthers came down the floor quickly, and Simmons-Doxie laid the ball in while being fouled with 20 seconds left. The free throw was missed, but Dontrell Brown corralled the rebound, and the Panthers had the chance to tie or take the lead. However, a three from the left corner was off target, Uplift collecting the rebound. Alvarez-May was fouled, and his two free throws would seal the deal for Uplift.

Mayo shot 11 of 15 from the field and finished with a game-high 22 points. His ledger also included 14 rebounds and five steals. Taijay Brown added 17 points, six rebounds and five assists, while Alvarez-May was in double figures with 11 points. For Proviso West, Simmons-Doxie scored 21 points on the strength of 9-14 from the field and also pulled down six rebounds. Scion Holman added a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Uplift (6-7) will advance to a second-round game on Friday at 5:30 against the winner of the Fenwick/Larkin game. Proviso West (1-6) will play the loser of that game Friday morning at 11:00.

Irving's Second Half Leads Hillcrest Past Hyde Park

[Box Score] Game two of first-round play at the 59th Proviso West Holiday Tournament matched the Hawks of Hillcrest High School from Country Club Hills against the Thunderbirds of Chicago’s Hyde Park Academy. The Hawks led most of the way, using a strong inside game that netted 44 points, and held off a pesky Thunderbirds’ team by a final score of 68-62.

Hillcrest 6’ 5” guard Hamahrie Bowers came out like the proverbial house on fire. He would post a first-half double-double with 16 points (6-10 shooting) and 10 rebounds while also recording three of his team’s 10 blocked shots. The Hawks also collected 20 rebounds on the offensive end and made good with 11 second-chance points. Those factors, along with ice-cold shooting by Hyde Park Academy, figured to have the Thunderbirds looking up at a sizable deficit, but turnovers by Hillcrest helped even things out. The Hawks were guilty of 15 turnovers, resulting in 12 Thunderbirds’ points, and the halftime margin was a mere five points at Hillcrest 29, Hyde Park Academy 24.

The Thunderbirds trailed 47-37 entering the fourth quarter, but Zach Miller and Jalen Houston hit threes from the right corner to start them on the way back. However, Hillcrest’s Mar’Keise Irving was there to answer for his team, scoring on a length-of-the-floor drive and following moments later with a three from the left corner to push the Hawks’ lead to 58-46. Hyde Park looked to rally late, pulling to within eight points at the two-minute mark, but Hillcrest was able to withstand the pressure and close out the first-round victory.

Irving, held to just one point in the first half, emerged as Hillcrest’s high scorer with 18 points, including 9-11 from the free-throw line. Bowers finished with 17 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. Julius Rollins also had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Kenton Wright made it four Hawks’ players in double-digit points with 10.

Houston paced the Thunderbirds with 20 points, five rebounds and four steals. Michael Brown was a perfect 9-9 on free throws as part of a 13-point effort, while Vernon Henry chipped in with 10 points, nine rebounds and four steals. Maurice Clay was a strong inside presence with seven rebounds and seven blocked shots.

Hillcrest High School (7-4) will advance to the second round on Friday at 4:00 against Morton High School, while Hyde Park Academy (8-2) will play Leo High School in Friday morning’s first game at 9:30.

Morton Holds Off Leo in Proviso West Tournament Opener

[Box Score] The 59th annual Proviso West Holiday Tournament tipped off this morning with Morton High School of Berwyn taking on Leo High School of Chicago. The teams played a close game throughout, but Morton took a lead in the second quarter and then answered every Leo challenge in the second half to hold on for a 70-62 win.

The two teams took a few minutes to get going, but Terrance Ford Jr. sparked Leo’s Lions with eight of their first 10 points. Morton’s quickness was evident in the early going, however, as several steals created scoring opportunities for the Mustangs. Leo led by a thin 17-16 margin after one. Midway through the second quarter, Morton used a 7-0 run to take the lead as Jesus Perez converted a three-point play. Kendell Nichols scored inside, and Perez followed with a steal and layup for a 26-21 lead. Leo answered with two scores, but a three by Orlando Cervantes would keep the Mustangs in the lead, 36-31 at the half.

First-half leaders included Morton’s Nichols with 14 points, eight rebounds, and Leo’s Ford with 10 points, three assists.

Morton held the lead throughout an evenly-played third quarter. The Mustangs’ biggest strikes came through Eliseo Gonzalez after Leo had twice closed to within one score. Morton led 52-49 at the end of three.

In the fourth, the Lions stayed close, but the Mustangs answered every challenge. Morton then gave themselves a little breathing room in the final three minutes as Nichols hit a jumper in the paint and Perez scored on the run after his own steal. LaShaun Glover gave Leo a final chance, as his three with 35.1 seconds left made the score 66-62, but two free throws by Trenten Nadolski and a coast-to-coast drive by Perez shut the door on this tournament opener.

Perez led all scorers with 22 points on 10-14 shooting, and the junior guard also dished out eight assists and made three steals. Nichols added a double-double of 21 points (9-14 shooting) and 13 rebounds. For Leo, Kendale Anderson was one board shy of a double-double with 19 points and nine rebounds. Glover added 16 points and Ford 15 points with five assists and four steals.

Morton (7-3) will advance to play the winner of the Hillcrest/Hyde Park game at 4:00 on Thursday. Leo (4-7) will play the loser of that game at 9:30 on Thursday morning.


Agee Named MVP to 58th Annual Proviso West Holiday Tournament

Rashuan Agee from Bogan led the All-Tournament Team for the 58th Annual Proviso West Holiday Tournament.  Agee shattered the tournament record, formerly held by Farragut’s Michael Wright, with 71 rebounds (17.7 per game) for the 2018 tournament.  He finished up the tournament averaging 19.3 points and 17.7 rebounds per game along with 2.75 assists, 2.25 blocks and 1.25 steals.

2018 Proviso West Holiday Tournament All-Tournament Team:

First Team –

  1. Rashuan Agee (Bogan)
  2. Jordan Booker (Bogan)
  3. DJ Steward (Whitney Young)
  4. Bryce Hopkins (Fenwick)
  5. Markese Jacobs (Uplift)
  6. Dechaun Anderson (Leo)

Second Team –

  1. Solomon Oraegbu (Fenwick)
  2. Fred Cleveland (Leo)
  3. James Hobson (Proviso East)
  4. Latik Murphy (Morton)
  5. Myles Baker (Whitney Young)

Agee Leads Bogan To 58th Annual Holiday Tournament Title

(Box Score) Rashaun Agee dropped in 11 points and pulled down a game-high 21 rebounds to lead the Bogan Bengals (13-1) to the 2018 Proviso West Holiday Tournament Championship over the Whitney Young Dolphins (11-5), 74-65 on Saturday night.  Agee added three blocks and four assists in the winning effort to earn Tournament MVP honors.

After a Justin Warren lay in put the Dolphins ahead 51-46 with 1:45 remaining in the third quarter, the Bengals used a 7-0 run to close out the period, capped by a Jayvon Clark three to pull ahead 53-51 heading to the fourth.

Bogan continued to add to its lead in the fourth, extending the lead to nine, 64-55, when Clark buried a three with 4:12 to play.

Whitney Young tried to climb back, cutting the lead down to five, 64-59, when DJ Steward pulled up on the break with 3:22 to play.  Bogan again answered, using a 8-2 run capped by a Jordan Booker layup with 1:38 to play to open their largest lead of the night, 72-61, and never looked back.

Steward finished with a game-high 28 points on 9-for-20 shooting in the losing effort.

For the Bengals, Jordan Booker scored a team-high 18 points to lead four in double-figures.  Darrion Jones came off the bench to score 17 points while Jeremiah Washington added 13.  For Agee, the 11-point, 21-rebound effort was his fourth double-double of the tournament, averaging 19.3 points and 17.8 rebounds per game while shooting .600 from the field.

Leo Tops Fenwick For Third Place

(Box Score) The Leo Lions (12-3) outlasted the Fenwick Friars (8-6) in the third-place game of the 2018 Proviso West Holiday Tournament, 78-72, on Saturday evening.  Leo’s Dachaun Anderson and Fenwick’s Bryce Hopkins traded baskets throughout the night with Hopkins pouring in a game-high 34 points on 13-for-19 shooting while Anderson finished the night with a team-high 30 points on 9-for-10 shooting to lead three Lions in double figures.

With the game tied 36-36 at the half, Fenwick’s Lucas Kolovitz scored the first basket of the third quarter to give the Friars what would be their final lead of the evening, 38-36.  Leo went on a 10-3 run to open a 46-41 lead midway through the third.  The Friars kept trying to reel in the Lions pulling within one on a few occasions including narrowing a 66-60 lead down to 66-65 when Kolovitz buried a top-side three with 4:03 to play in the fourth quarter.  Leo had an answer every time, using a quick 4-0 spurt to extend the lead back to five before closing out the game on an 8-6 run to keep the Friars at bay.

Leo shot 57-percent in the winning effort.  Fred Cleveland and Kevin Drumgoole joined Anderson in double-figures, dropping in 20 and ten points respectively.

For Fenwick, Solomon Oraegbu added 20 points as Oraegbu and Hopkins combined for 54 points on 20-for-31 shooting from the field.  The 6-5 Hopkins was a perfect 4-for-4 from three and finished the tournament with a 29.0 points per game average.

Proviso East Pulls Away to Take Fifth Place

(Box Score)  The final session of the 58th annual Proviso West Holiday Tournament began with the fifth-place game between Morton and Proviso East. The two schools battled through some adversity in the first half, but the Pirates of Proviso East finally pulled away down the stretch to win 64-51.

Morton got out to a fast 5-0 start behind a three from Manny Rodriguez and a breakaway slam by Latik Murphy. By contrast, Proviso East misfired on six of its first seven shots but soon picked up the pace and incredibly scored the next (and final) 15 points of the quarter A couple of turnovers helped the Pirates’ run, and the Mustangs called timeout after falling behind 10-5.  The timeout did not help Morton, however, as three missed shots, two missed free throws and three turnovers kept the Mustangs off the board for the rest of the quarter.

The Pirates scored the first two points of the second quarter before Morton ended a drought of nearly nine minutes with two free throws. The Mustangs would get more points at the line, but it wasn’t until Murphy converted a three-point play at the 1:21 mark that they would have their first field goal in a 12:50 span. Despite the dry spell, though, Morton outscored Proviso East 10-9 in the quarter and trailed by only nine, 24-15 at the half. James Hobson had a nine-point half for the Pirates, but they shot just 10-32 (31 percent) for the half to the Mustangs’ 3-19 (16 percent).

Both offenses hit the reset button to start the second half. Morton’s first shot of the half was a good three by Josiah Porter, but Proviso East countered with an 8-0 run, four different players scoring. The Pirates were unable to run away and hide, however. Murphy scored five points late in the quarter, and Morton was able to keep the game within 10 points, 41-31 heading to the fourth.     

The Mustangs were within six points in the fourth quarter before a 10-0 run by the Pirates finally put them in control. Keashon Fancher put back a missed shot, and the Pirates then knocked down six consecutive free throws, four by Terrance Thomas. Fancher provided a bookend to the run when he finished a fast break. Morton made a late run, getting the 16-point deficit down to seven, but Hobson’s three from the corner with 1:22 remaining sealed the deal for the Pirates.

Proviso East (9-3) was led by Hobson’s 17 points, including 5-11 from three-point land; the senior guard also added five rebounds, three assists and five steals. Fancher tallied 13 points, followed by Thomas with 12 points and four assists, and Spencer with 10 points and four assists.

For Morton (9-5), Murphy led all scorers with 25 points and also pulled down six rebounds.

St. Joseph Claims Consolation Title in Final Second

(Box Score)  Larkin High School of Elgin and St. Joseph High School of Westchester squared off at the 58th annual Proviso West Holiday Tournament Saturday afternoon with the consolation championship at stake.  The two sides battled through a tight contest for 32 minutes, with the game literally going down to the final second before a free throw won it for St. Joseph, 48-47.

The teams came out of the first quarter with St. Joseph holding a 15-13 lead. Maliq Anderson scored six points, and the Chargers shot 7-12 (58 percent) while holding an 8-5 advantage on the glass. Larkin shot just 4-12 (33 percent), but three of their baskets came from behind the arc, with Jashon Johnson-Neals, Victor Perez Jr. and Marcus Green all making good. Both teams struggled to shoot the ball in the second quarter, although Larkin stayed close by hitting seven of eight free throws, and St. Joseph led 24-21 at the half.  

Three-pointers continued to keep Larkin in the game in the third quarter, despite St. Joseph shooting five of eight from the field. The Royals nailed four in the quarter, including three as part of a closing 9-0 run after Anderson’s trey have given St. Joseph a 36-28 lead. Johnson-Neals hit the bullseye on the first two, and Trace Boley’s three from the corner gave Larkin a 37-36 lead as the teams headed for the fourth quarter.

The fame was tied entering the final 2:30 after Green’s three and 15-foot jumper. After both teams missed a couple of opportunities, St. Joseph’s Jon Robinson was fouled driving to the basket with 0.4 seconds left. Robinson missed the first and then had to wait through a timeout before he could shoot the second. Unfazed, Robinson’s second shot was nothing but net. However, the Chargers had to hold their breaths for a moment as an 80-foot desperation heave by Larkin caught the rim before bouncing away.

Robinson‘s last free throw gave him 17 points to tie him for game-high scoring honors. Anderson had 11 points on 5-6 shooting while Kyle Thomas was a perfect 5-5 for 10 points; Thomas also pulled down seven rebounds and blocked three shots. St. Joseph (7-7) shot 21-40 (53 percent) for the game, 3-10 on threes and 2-6 on free throws.

Larkin (6-11) was led by Johnson-Neals with 17 points (6-9 shooting, 3-3 threes) and six rebounds. Perez Jr. chipped in with 14 points.

St. Joseph’s consolation title was their fourth in the 58-year history of the tournament. Under legendary coach Gene Pingatore, the Chargers also finished fourth in 2013, second in 2014 and fourth in 2015.

Crete-Monee Holds Off Frantic Fourth Quarter Comeback by Proviso West

(Box Score)  Saturday’s second game at the 58th annual Proviso West Holiday Tournament pitted the host school Panthers against the Warriors of Crete-Monee High School. Both teams were looking to bounce back from 0-2 starts. Crete-Monee looked to have an easy victory in hand, building a huge lead after three quarters, but Proviso West made a ferocious comeback in the fourth. In the end, Crete-Monee stood its ground, surviving by a final score of 64-56.

Crete-Monee opened up a 15-7 lead late in the opening quarter, taking advantage of ice-cold 3-16 shooting by Proviso West. The Panthers’ offense began to click early in the second quarter, and Kijuan Walker’s layup pulled the home team within 21-15. However, Crete-Monee answered with an 8-0 run sparked by Jamaari Bowen’s two buckets. They carried the momentum into the half with a 31-18 advantage, with Bowen already most of the way towards a double-double with 10 points and six rebounds.

A 21-9 third quarter looked to move the Warriors into full blowout mode. Coy Hampton and Julian Dancy each scored eight points, and Bowen capped off the quarter with one of the highlight slam dunks of the tournament off an inbounds play. As with the first two quarters, the Panthers’ shooting hindered their efforts to stay with the Warriors.   

Despite staring up at a 25-point deficit, the Panthers did not close up shop early. They capitalized on some loose play by the Warriors (14 turnovers) and shot 9-23 after going 9-44 the first three quarters combined. Calvin Lucas led the charge with 14 points, as the Panthers sliced the gap to single digits at the 2:44 mark. Walker’s layup with 15 seconds left cut the Warriors’ lead to four points, but free throws by Hampton and Bowen allowed Crete-Monee to exhale and walk out of the gym with a victory.

Bowen and Hampton recorded double-doubles for Crete-Monee (2-11), with Bowen scoring 17 and pulling down 11 rebounds, and Hampton putting up 12 points and 10 rebounds. Dancy scored 13 points, and Karriem Hamilton Jr. nearly made a third double-double with 12 points and eight rebounds. The Warriors shot 25-59 (42 percent) for the game and won the battle of the boards by a 49-38 margin.

Proviso West (3-7) had just one player in double figures, Lucas scoring 20 on 4-11 from the field and 12-14 from the free-throw line. Omarion Coleman was off a double-double by just one point, as he recorded nine points and 10 rebounds. The Panthers shot 27 percent for the game on 18-67 (1-19 from threes) and 19-27 (70 percent) from the free-throw line.

Niles West Holds Off Longwood

(Box Score)  The final day of the 58th annual Proviso West Holiday Tournament began with two teams looking to claim their first win of the week. In the end, it was Niles West High School emerging victorious by a score of 58-52, holding off a determined effort from CICS Longwood.

Longwood led 5-4 three minutes in, but Niles West erupted for nine straight points. Jaylen Miller scored twice during the run, and Emil Comor added a three from the corner. The Wolves led 15-7 after one, but Longwood’s Damari Fonza heated up to start the second. He connected on a pair of triples in the first few minutes to bring the Panthers back even at 15-15. However, Niles West had another run in them before the half. Kevin Guillaume’s three triggered a 12-3 run that resulted in the Wolves leading 29-21 at the break. The Wolves enjoyed a significant shooting advantage in the half, hitting 52 percent on 11-21 while the Panthers were just 27 percent on 8-30.

Niles West maintained its lead through the second half, fending off persistent challenges from Longwood. Nurell Lacey ignited the Panthers with 12 second-half points on four threes while Patrick Ben scored 11 of his team-leading 16 points after halftime. Ben’s final three points came with 30 seconds left and brought Longwood within four, but Richie Noparstak’s two free throws were enough to hold off the Panthers. Noparstak’s free-throw shooting was clutch in the second half as he went 6-6 at the line.

Niles West (6-9) was led by Noparstak with 19 points and six assists, while Comor scored 17 (12 in the second half) on 6-9 shooting (3-4 threes). Along with Ben’s 16 points, Longwood (6-10) was paced by Lacey and Fonza with 12 each.

Whitney Young Holds Off Fenwick, Returns to Title Game

(Box Score)  The second of two championship semifinals at the 58th annual Proviso West Holiday Tournament came down to the Whitney Young Dolphins against the Fenwick Friars. Both teams have enjoyed a good recent history in the tournament, with Whitney Young winning it all in 2016 and finishing second last year. Fenwick was runner-up in 2015, and finished fourth and fifth in each of the last two years. A very spirited and competitive game was not decided until the final seconds, but Whitney Young emerged the victor by a final score of 78-70.

Leading 6-4, the Dolphins ran off eight straight points to seemingly take control. However, the Friars battled back, with a thunderous slam by Bryce Hopkins providing one of the loudest roars from the crowd this week. Solomon Oraegbu’s layup brought Fenwick to within 19-17, but Steward beat the buzzer with a long three to end the quarter at Whitney Young 22, Fenwick 17.

The second quarter saw Whitney Young look to pull away again as Myles Baker drained three triples in a 90-second span to put the Dolphins up 10. However, Fenwick refused to go away, despite Whitney Young’s shot-blocking ability making the going rough inside, and a buzzer-beating three by Hopkins made it only a six-point game at the break, 40-34.

A couple of timely threes contributed to the next Dolphins’ surge. After Fenwick’s Trey Pettigrew hit a three to make it a four-point game midway through the third, Steward followed a Tyler Beard layup with a pair of treys, completing an 8-0 run and forcing a Friars’ timeout. This time, there was no immediate response from Fenwick, and Whitney Young went to the fourth leading 60-48.

The Dolphins looked to pull away one more time as they took their largest lead of the game at 17 with six minutes remaining. But the Friars made one more effort, closing to six points on Hopkins’ three with 52 seconds left. They got the ball back with a chance to make it a one-score game, but Oraegbu’s three was slightly off and wedged between the glass and the rim. The possession arrow was in favor of Whitney Young, and they scored a final basket to close out a very competitive semifinal game.

Whitney Young (11-4) shot a fine 56 percent for the game on 32 of 57 (8-17 on threes). Steward led all scorers with 30 points on 11-17 shooting (4-8 threes). Baker finished with 14 points (4-8 threes), and Keenan Jones and Sangolay Njie had 13 each; Njie also recorded five blocks.

Fenwick (8-5) was led by Hopkins’ 23 points (10-27 shooting) and Oraegbu’s 20 (9-16 shooting), while Pettigrew hit three of five triples as part of an 11-point performance.

The stage is now set as Whitney Young will look to make it two PWHT titles in three years when they play Bogan on Saturday night at 7 p.m. Fenwick and Leo will play for third place at 5:30 p.m.

Bogan Bengals Book(er) Passage to Title Game

(Box Score)  The first of two championship semifinals at the 58th annual Proviso West Holiday Tournament paired the Bogan Bengals against the Leo Lions. Going into the game, basketball observers were likely excited for the prospect of a battle of big men, but it was 5’ 9” guard Jordan Booker that was the standout, leading Bogan to a 60-54 win.

In the first quarter, the prominent big man on the floor was Leo’s Kendale Anderson. The 6’ 6” junior scored six points on 3-4 shooting while pulling down six rebounds and blocking a shot. Kendale’s brother, 6’ 7” Dechaun Anderson, and Bogan’s 6’ 8” Rashaun Agee both had shooting difficulties in the quarter, but the Bengals trailed by just 15-14 after eight minutes.

The focus for each team remained inside during the second quarter, but Leo was more successful at drawing fouls on their drives to the basket. The Lions shot 16 free throws in the quarter, making 10 of them, while the Bengals shot just two free throws in the final minute. Neither team could shoot significantly well from the field, and the half ended with Leo holding a slim 29-27 lead.

The third quarter began with eight straight points from Bogan, including threes by Kyndall Davis and Jeremiah Washington. Leo answered with a three by Fred Cleveland, but Bogan came back with a 6-0 run as Agee threw down a slam and Jordan Booker scored twice inside. Booker remained on fire for the rest of the quarter, shooting 5-6 for 11 points and boosting Bogan’s advantage to 50-36.

Bogan looked to be in command with five minutes left and a 54-41 lead before hitting a scoreless spell of four minutes. Leo made up nine points before Booker set up Agee for a thunderous slam at the 1:06 mark. Two free throws by Jayvon Clark pushed the lead to eight, and Bogan was able to hold off Leo and set up their first trip to the PWHT title game.

Booker led Bogan (12-1) with 23 points on the strength of 11-16 shooting. Agee was held to 13 points (6-15 shooting) but pulled down 21 boards as Bogan finished with a 48-31 margin in rebounds. Davis also scored 13, shooting 5-7 from the field.

Leo (11-3) was led by D. Anderson’s double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds. Cleveland added 15 points despite being held to 4-16 shooting, and K. Anderson finished with 10 points and six boards.

Bogan will meet the winner of Whitney Young and Fenwick in the championship game Saturday at 7 p.m. Leo will play the preceding game for third place at 5:30 p.m.

Morton Survives Hillcrest Comeback to Advance to Fifth-Place Game

(Box Score)  Game four on Friday’s schedule for the 58th annual Proviso West Holiday Tournament paired the Hillcrest Hawks against the Morton Mustangs, with the winner advancing to Saturday’s fifth-place game. This game showed some brilliant performances on both sides, but it was Morton that recovered from a quick-strike Hillcrest comeback in the third quarter to down the Hawks by a 77-73 final.

Trailing 20-15 after one quarter, Morton played a solid second quarter in working their way to a 40-33 lead at the half. Latik Murphy was the undisputed top gun for the Mustangs, shooting a torrid 6-8 from beyond the arc and scoring 23 points, including a rare four-point play just before the halftime buzzer. Led by his example, Morton shot 9-13 on threes for the half and 14-27 (52 percent) overall. Hillcrest shot just 14-37 (38 percent) overall and 3-16 from threes, but they committed just three turnovers while forcing Morton into 11, resulting in 13 points for the Hawks.

The Mustangs looked to run away and hide when Murphy’s two free throws with 2:42 remaining in the third gave Morton a 55-40 lead. The game suddenly changed gears at that point as the Hawks ran off 15 straight points to end the quarter. Mar’Keise Irving hit a three during the run, and Julius Rollins scored three times, the last coming on a putback with nine seconds left that sent the game into the fourth quarter at 55-55.

As with the earlier games today, this one came down to the final minutes. Morton’s Manny Rodriguez hit a three at the 2:20 mark to give the Mustangs the lead 70-67. A layup and then 1-2 free throws by Jamajae Garner made it a six-point game before Jeremiah Staten cut that in half with a three. The Hawks had a chance to tie, but a turnover cost them the opportunity, and two free throws by Rodriguez with 9.4 seconds left proved to be the winning points when Kenton Wright hit a long three with 0.9 seconds to go. Rodriguez provided the final insurance with 0.6 seconds left with two more free throws.

Murphy led all scorers with 30 points on 9-19 shooting (6-9 threes) and 6-7 at the charity stripe. Rodriguez, who hit four clutch free throws in the final 10 seconds, shot 5-7 from three-point range and finished with 19 points. Garner added a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Hillcrest (8-6) had five players finish in double figures, led by Rollins with 15 points (7-11 shooting) and 11 rebounds. Irving (4-9 on threes) and Wright each scored 14, and Staten and Anthony Harris each tallied 11 points.

Morton (9-4) will play the fifth-place game of the tournament on Saturday at 4 p.m. against Proviso East.

Proviso East Topples Titans Despite Jacobs' 37

(Box Score) Friday’s third game at the 58th annual Proviso West Holiday Tournament saw two teams looking to move on after losing tough games on Thursday. The Proviso East Pirates and the Uplift Titans battled intensely for four quarters before Proviso East prevailed by a score of 73-69.

The first half saw Markese Jacobs and Aaron Sykes lead their respective teams through an exciting 16 minutes. Both players scored 15 points, Sykes on 6-8 shooting and Jacobs 6-9 shooting. Sykes also pulled down seven rebounds as his Proviso East team collected 16 rebounds to Uplift’s 12. The Titans had the edge in first-half shooting, 48 percent (13-27) to the Pirates’ 42 percent (11-26), but when the dust had cleared, the two sides went into the halftime break tied at 32-32.

The game remained close in the third quarter, although several of Sykes’ teammates provided the scoring as Sykes himself was held scoreless. On the other side, Jacobs had a monster of a quarter, scoring 14 points with four baskets (including a three) and 5-5 on free throws. Three of the free throws came at the buzzer as Jacobs was fouled on a shot just inside halfcourt, He  made good on all three to give Uplift a 50-48 lead heading into the final eight minutes.

A three by the Pirates’ Robert Johnson started the action in the fourth quarter. The game went back and forth before James Hobson hit a three to propel Proviso East into the lead for good at the 4:28 mark. The Pirates held on to win through solid free-throw shooting (21-25, including 9-11 in the fourth) and control of the boards (38-26).

Sykes led four Proviso East (8-3) players in double figures with 16 points and added a game-high 11 rebounds, two assists and three steals. Terrance Thomas scored 15 (5-7 shooting), Hobson tallied 14, and Devin Spencer played a great all-around game with 10 points, eight assists and six steals.

For Uplift (8-4), Jacobs recorded a game-high of 37 points on 12-20 shooting (3-8 threes) and 10-11 on free throws. DeAndre Vortes was the only other Uplift player in double figure with 10 points (4-6 shooting).

Proviso East will meet the winner of the Hillcrest-Morton game in the fifth-place game on Saturday at 4 p.m.

St. Joseph Holds Off Dunbar in Frantic Finish

(Box Score) Dunbar and St, Joseph took to the floor in the 58th annual Proviso West Holiday Tournament, looking to secure a spot in Saturday’s consolation championship game. The battle for that spot produced one of the closest games thus far in the tournament, with St. Joseph surviving a frantic finish to edge Dunbar 50-48.

The three-point shooting of St. Joseph got them off to a quick start. Reggie Strong, Maliq Anderson and Jon Robinson all hit their initial shots from outside to put the Chargers up 9-3. St. Joseph maintained the lead through the rest of the quarter, with Strong’s off-balance jumper beating the buzzer to give the Chargers a 21-11 lead. St. Joseph shot 8-14 from the field while Dunbar was just 4-10.

The roles were reversed in the second quarter as Dunbar heated up while St. Joseph cooled off. Ishmael Martin hit from downtown, and Laron Owens was good on two triples, his second one tying the game with 1:29 remaining. However, Brandon Malone hit on a three in the final seconds of the half to regain the lead for St. Joseph at 30-27.

Dunbar came out mighty to start the third quarter, scoring the first 11 points. Tyrese Spurlock’s tip-in gave Dunbar the lead, and Terrance Marshall later converted on a three-point play. However, St, Joseph charged back to score the next eight points, Malone’s long two knotting the game at 38-38. The Mighty Men then took the lead back just before the quarter ended on Gavin Alston’s tip-in.

A 7-0 run in the fourth quarter put St, Joseph on solid ground. Malone’s two free throws gave the Chargers a 44-43 lead. Anderson followed with a three, and Robinson finished a fast break following a steal to make it a six-point game with 4:26 remaining. However, Owens hit two free throws, and Alston nailed a left-corner three to bring Dunbar within one with a minute left. Robinson split two free throws with 24 seconds left before the Chargers survived a hair-raising finish. Spurlock had three shots at the basket, missing the first two before being fouled on the third with 5.6 seconds left. He missed both free throws, but Dunbar rebounded. Alston and Martin had final chances to tie the game, but their shots both rimmed out as the horn sounded.

Anderson led St. Joseph (6-7) with 14 points on 6-10 shooting (2-3 threes), while Robinson added 10 points and eight assists. Martin topped Dunbar (12-3) with 16 points, and Alston had 10 points and nine rebounds.

St. Joseph and Larkin will meet in the consolation championship game on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Larkin Edges Hyde Park in Final Minute

(Box Score) Day three of the 58th annual Proviso West Holiday Tournament opened with Hyde Park Academy and Larkin High School battling to earn a spot in Saturday’s consolation championship game. A hard-fought game was decided in the final minute, with Larkin squeezing out a 39-35 victory over Hyde Park.

Damari Wheeler-Thomas’ three midway through the first quarter gave Larkin a lead that they would hold on to over the remaining minutes. The Royals played smart against an aggressive Hyde Park offense, taking three charges over the first eight minutes,

The second quarter saw the Thunderbirds continue to be frustrated on offense. After hitting just one field goal in the first quarter, Hyde Park went the first 6:30 of the second without one before Jaquan Reed made good on a three from the left wing. The Thunderbirds made just three of 20 shots in the first half (all three from three-point range) but managed to stay within three points at the half, 18-15.

In the third, Hyde Park began to pick up the offense and came back to tie the score on two occasions. However, with the score at 21-21, Larkin ran off six straight points, capped off by a steal and breakaway layup by Marcus Green. But Hyde Park recovered from that setback and outscored Larkin 8-3 over the final minutes, with Terrence Boykin’s three tying the score 29-29.

The game came down to the final minutes after Christopher Rose had given Hyde Park a 35-34 lead with 3:52 left. That score held until 44 seconds left when Wheeler-Thomas scored in the lane to put the Royals back on top. Following a charge, Jashon Johnson-Neals was fouled and split a pair of free throws for a two-point lead. Hyde Park went for the lead, but Reed missed a three. Johnson-Neals rebounded, was fouled and sank two free throws with 7.2 left for the final four-point margin.

Wheeler-Thomas led Larkin (6-10) with 12 points, three assists and three steals. Johnson-Neals added nine points and pulled down eight rebounds. Reed topped Hyde Park (5-6) with 12 points and added five rebounds and five steals.

Larkin will advance to play the winner of Dunbar and St. Joseph in the consolation championship game on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Whitney Young Mauls Morton to Set Up Semifinals

(Box Score) The final spot in the semifinals for the 58th annual Proviso West Holiday Tournament was at stake in Thursday’s final game as the Morton Mustangs met the Whitney Young Dolphins. The Dolphins had some history on their side, having won the 2016 PWHT and finishing as the runner-up in 2017. They are now one win away from a return to the championship game after taming the Mustangs by a final score of 80-43.

The Dolphins led 8-6 midway through the opening quarter when Myles Baker’s three triggered a 10-2 run. D.J. Steward also contributed a three as Whitney Young built a 10-point lead after one. Morton broke from the gates in the second quarter with a 7-2 run, helped along by a Manny Rodriguez three. But just as quickly as the Mustangs gained momentum, the Dolphins took it back. Whitney Young scored the next 15 points, capped by a Baker three, and the Dolphins stayed on a roll through the end of the half, taking a 45-19 lead into the break.

Morton played its best offensive quarter in the third with 17 points, but Whitney Young was able to match the pace. The Dolphins increased the lead to 29 points by the end of the quarter, and the fourth quarter saw extensive playing time for many of the reserves.

Whitney Young (10-4) shot 62 percent for the game on 32-52, while Morton (8-4) was just 31 percent on 18 of 58. Steward led the Dolphins with 22 points, Baker had 17 points on 7-8 shooting, while Justin Warren added 10 points and six assists. Latik Murphy led the Mustangs with 17 points while Jamajae Garner had 14 points and nine rebounds.

Fenwick (9-4) will advance to play the winner of Whitney Young and Morton on Friday at 7 p.m. Hillcrest (8-6) will take on the loser of that game Friday at 4 p.m.

Fenwick Closes Strongly Again in Win Over Hillcrest

(Box Score) Thursday’s winners’ bracket play of the 58th annual Proviso West Holiday Tournament continued with a match between Fenwick and Hillcrest. Both teams were coming off impressive wins on Wednesday, but for the second night in a row, it was Fenwick that took care of business late as they held off Hillcrest by a final of 73-64.

The game began on a fast clip as Hillcrest’s Mar’Keise Irving scored 10 first-quarter points. Fenwick was able to keep up in the first, trailing just 20-16, but Hillcrest stepped it up further in the second quarter by shooting 9-12. The combination of Irving and Jeremiah Staten was lethal, as Irving scored 20 for the half (8-13 shooting) while Staten handed out nine of the Hawks’ 13 assists. Bryce Hopkins and Solomon Oraegbu kept Fenwick in the hunt as they combined for 24 points, but Hillcrest scored 28 points in the paint as they grabbed a 40-29 lead at the half.

Fenwick caught fire to start the second half, going on an 11-3 run over the first three minutes. The Friars stayed close and finally caught the Hawks 47-47 at the 2:30 mark as Oraegbu stole the ball and went in for a slam. Less than a minute later, Trey Pettigrew canned a three, his first points of the game, as Fenwick took the lead for the first time since the first quarter. Lucas Kolovitz added a three, and the Friars went to the fourth quarter, leading 53-49.

Hillcrest caught Fenwick with the first four points of the fourth, but the Friars regained the lead with a layup by Oraegbu and a three by Pettigrew. It became a 9-0 run before Irving halted it with a three at the 2:26 mark. The Hawks got as close as four points with 1:14 left, but the Friars were able to seal the deal at the free-throw line.

Oraegbu led Fenwick with 25 points (9-14 shooting) and also chipped in with four assists and five steals. Hopkins added 23 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals, and Kolovitz had 10 points and a team-leading nine rebounds. For Hillcrest, Irving scored a game-high 35 points (13-24 shooting, 6-17 threes), and Dylan West added 13 points and seven boards. Staten finished with seven points and 12 assists.

Fenwick (9-4) will advance to play the winner of Whitney Young and Morton on Friday at 7 p.m. Hillcrest (8-6) will take on the loser of that game Friday at 4 p.m.

Bogan Tops Proviso East Behind Agee's Dominating Performance

(Box Score) Bogan and Proviso East took the floor in the second game in Thursday’s winners’ bracket of the 58th annual Proviso West Holiday Tournament. Bogan got off to a commanding start but had to weather a spirited comeback effort by Proviso East before pulling away down the stretch to win 75-58.

Proviso East had a difficult time getting started, missing their first five shots and committing four turnovers before Aaron Sykes broke the ice with a layup at the 4:14 mark. By that time, Bogan had scored 12 points, including a pair of Tyreon Hardin threes and powerful slam dunks by Rashaun Agee and Kennedy Brown. The opening quarter ended with the Bengals leading the Pirates 18-4.

The Pirates chipped away at the Bengals’ lead in the second, forcing some turnovers and holding Bogan to just nine shots in the quarter. However, Agee remained a hard man to contain, and he finished the half with 14 points (7-10 shooting), 10 rebounds and four blocks as Bogan maintained a 32-23 lead at the break.

Both teams stepped up the pace of the game in the third, and the Pirates got the better end of the deal. Terrance Thomas went 4-4 from the field as Proviso East shot 10-16 in the quarter, and they made up four points with the score standing at Bengals 51, Pirates 46 entering the fourth.

The Bengals wrapped up the game down the stretch with a 9-0 run, complete with a three by Jeremiah Washington and two inside scores by Agee, one of them another crowd-thrilling dunk.

Agee enjoyed his second monster performance in as many nights, He scored 29 points (14-17 shooting), pulled down 16 rebounds and blocked five shots. He was joined in double figures by Hardin with 16 points (4-7 on threes). Jordan Booker also had a top game for Bogan, handing out 11 assists to go with eight points and three steals, James Hobson led the Pirates with 20 points and seven steals. Thomas added 14 points (6-8 shooting) and Devin Spencer 11 points.

Bogan (11-1) will advance to face Leo on Friday at 5:30 p.m. Proviso East (7-3) will battle Uplift earlier in the day at 2 p.m.

Leo Powers Way Past Uplift

(Box Score) The first game in Thursday’s winners’ bracket of the 58th annual Proviso West Holiday Tournament paired two teams off to strong starts this season, the Leo Lions and the Uplift Titans. But it was the strength of Leo’s inside game that ultimately decided this matchup, as the Lions powered their way to a 69-59 win.

Leo jumped out to a fast 13-5 lead, with 11 points coming from the combination of yesterday’s two top scorers, Dechaun Anderson and Fred Cleveland. However, Uplift stormed back by scoring the final eight points of the quarter, with the help of threes by Detalian Brown and Michael Allen.

The game was tied 17-17 in the second quarter when Leo made its next charge. Cleveland and Anderson started the 11-2 run with baskets, followed by a triple by Myles Thomas. Before the half was over, the Lions extended their lead to 10, but a buzzer-beating three-point play by Markese Jacobs made the halftime score Leo 30, Uplift 23

In the third quarter, Leo’s height and strength began to take over inside. Between them, 6’ 7” Dechaun Anderson and 6’ 6” Kendale Anderson scored 18 points and pulled down 14 rebounds in the eight-minute period. The Lions were looking good at 46-33, but Uplift finished the quarter with a 9-0 run started by Greg Ruben’s three. Just like that, the Titans were back within four as the teams entered the final quarter.

Having survived the third quarter, Uplift hoped to gain the upper hand in the fourth by taking advantage of Leo’s foul trouble.  Cleveland fouled out with 6:10 left and, moments later, the Titans were within 49-47. Inexplicably, Uplift hit a wall at that point, missing its next eight shots and committing a couple of costly turnovers. Leo capitalized to the tune of 13 straight points and, with three minutes remaining, the Lions were able to close out a big second-round victory.

Leo was led by D. Anderson’s 22 points and K. Anderson’s 19. Both players pulled down 19 rebounds as the Lions won the boards by a massive margin of 50-26. Cleveland added 10 points, three assists and four steals. Uplift (8-3) was paced by Jacobs with 24 points and Brown with 16.

Leo will face the winner of the Proviso East-Bogan game on Friday at 5:30 p.m. Uplift will take on the loser of that game earlier in the day at 2:30 p.m.

Second-Half Offense Sparks St. Joseph's Victory

(Box Score) The final consolation bracket game on day two of the 58th annual Proviso West Holiday Tournament matched the Chargers of St. Joseph versus the Warriors of Crete-Monee. St. Joseph broke open a close game at the half with a strong, balanced team effort in the third, leading the way to a 67-52 victory.

The first half was played on fairly even terms, although St. Joseph led for 13 of the 16 minutes. Shooting percentages, rebounds and turnovers were all virtually even, with St. Joseph leading at the half by a single point, 24-23.

St. Joseph took the upper hand to start the third quarter, scoring the first nine points. Four players scored during the run, with Jon Robinson connecting on a three-pointer. The Warriors battled back to within five points before the Chargers ran off another 9-0 burst. Kyle Thomas scored twice inside, and Robinson capped things off with another three for a 42-28 lead.

Leading by 11 going into the fourth quarter, Robinson hit his third trifecta of the game, and Maliq Anderson scored for a 16-point lead. That would provide an ample enough cushion for the Chargers, as the Warriors got no closer than 12 points with a minute remaining. St. Joseph ensured their win by shooting 68 percent (19-28) in the second half.

The stat sheet showed a nice scoring balance for the Chargers, led by Robinson with 15 points. Thomas scored 14, while Reggie Strong and Brandon Malone added 12 each. Julian Dancy led the Warriors with 17 points, followed by Karriem Hamilton Jr. with 13 and Coy Hampton with 10.

St. Joseph (4-3) will advance to play Dunbar on Friday at 12:30 p.m. in the consolation bracket. Crete-Monee (1-11) will take on host Proviso West on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

22-0 Third Quarter Turns Game in Dunbar's Favor

(Box Score) Coming off a tough overtime loss on Wednesday, the Mighty Men of Dunbar High School faced another stiff challenge today. Dunbar was paired against the host school at the 58th annual Proviso West Holiday Tournament. The game was close for the first half, but a 22-0 third quarter shifted the game permanently toward Dunbar, and they won going away by a final of 64-42.

The two sides battled through a fast-paced first half. The Dunbar tandem of Tyrese Spurlock and Gavin Alston kept the Mighty Men’s offense rolling, combining for 10-14 shooting (3-4 threes) and 26 points. But Austin Murray kept Proviso West in the chase, hitting his first five shots (including a three) and leading all scorers with 14 points. After 16 minutes, Dunbar held a 35-27 lead.

The third quarter was all Dunbar. The Mighty Men pitched a shutout over the entire eight minutes, holding the Panthers to 0-14 shooting and forcing six turnovers. Meanwhile, Dunbar erupted for 22 points for a 57-27 advantage. Ishmael Martin, held scoreless in the first half, led the Mighty Men in the quarter with seven points.

The fourth quarter was mostly in the hands of both teams’ reserves. Proviso West ended its dry spell of over 12 minutes without a field goal when Murray drained a three at the 5:11 mark.

For Dunbar (12-2), Alston led the way with 21 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and three steals. Spurlock finished with 15 points (7-9 shooting), and Martin added 13. Proviso West (3-6) was led by Murray’s game-high 25 points (10-16 shooting, 5-6 on threes).

Dunbar will play on Friday at 12:30 p.m. in the consolation bracket. Proviso West will host a 12:30 p.m. game on Saturday.

Houston, Hyde Park Thunder Past Niles West

(Box Score) Day two of the 58th annual Proviso West Holiday Tournament pitted the Thunderbirds of Hyde Park Academy against the Wolves of Niles West High School. It was a game of two halves, with Niles West controlling the first half and Hyde Park overcoming a 10-point deficit in the second half to win by a final score of 63-57.

Both teams struggled with their shooting for the majority of the first half. Niles West had a 21-12 advantage on the boards but could not capitalize on their extra opportunities. Finally, trailing 15-11, the Wolves went on a 10-0 run, with three of their baskets coming on the fast break. Late threes by Kevin Guillaume and Richie Noparstak capped off an 18-4 run during the second quarter, extending the lead to 29-19 at halftime.

The Thunderbirds fought back behind a nine-point third quarter by Jalen Houston and cut the deficit to 44-39 entering the final eight minutes. The momentum swing continued into the fourth, as the Thunderbirds began with an 8-0 burst, with Houston hitting a pair of bookend threes. The Wolves interrupted the run with a basket by Haris Mackic, but they would never regain the lead. Hyde Park (5-5) scored the next seven points, and they were able to command the game down the stretch and hold off a final push by Niles West to take the victory.

Houston scored 18 of his game-high 29 points in the second half, shooting 10-18 from the field and 6-8 on free throws. Michael Brown scored 10 and added two assists and four steals. For Niles West (5-9), they were led by Guillaume with 20 points and Noparstak with 16.

Hyde Park advances in the consolation bracket to play Larkin on Friday morning at 11 a.m. Niles West will play on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. versus Longwood.

Larkin Holds Off Longwood to Begin Day Two at Proviso West

(Box Score) Day two of the 58th annual Proviso West Holiday Tournament began with play in the consolation bracket and a contest between Larkin High School from Elgin and CICS Longwood from Chicago. It was a game of runs, but Larkin was able to withstand all of Longwood’s challenges, prevailing by a final score of 71-58.

Victor Perez Jr. found his shooting range from the opening tipoff as he drained a trio of three-pointers to get Larkin off to an 11-2 lead halfway through the quarter. However, Longwood used three consecutive steals and a three by Nurell Lacey to fashion an 11-0 run and get back in the game

Larkin led by six points at the half but scored the first seven points of the third quarter, capped off by a three from Trace Boley. The Royals remained on a run, stretching their lead to 16 on another triple by Perez Jr. However, the Panthers closed to within 10 at the end of the third and then narrowed the gap to three on a three-point play by Marshawn Holliday with 4:41 left. That was as close as Longwood would get, however, as Larkin made its shots down the stretch to hold off the final challenge.

Four players scored in double figures for Larkin (5-10), who shot 54 percent from the field on 28-52. Perez Jr. led the way with 17 points, including a perfect 4-4 on threes. Jashon Johnson-Neals scored 16 (7-9 shooting), followed by Damari Wheeler-Thomas with 12 and Fernando Perez with 10. Longwood (6-9) was led by Lacey, who shot 5-9 on threes as part of a 19-point performance.

Larkin will advance to the next round of consolation bracket play with a game on Friday morning at 11 a.m. Longwood will play a final game on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Morton Fights Past St. Joseph 54-51

(Box Score) The Morton Mustangs opened their 2018 Proviso West Holiday Tournament with a hard fought 54-51 victory over the St. Joseph Chargers in game eight of day one of the tournament. The Mustangs (8-3) move on the championship quarterfinal against Whitney Young tomorrow night at 8:30pm. The Chargers (3-3) will play in the consolation quarterfinal tomorrow against Crete Monee at 2:00pm.

In the first half, Morton jumped out to a 14-6 lead after the first eight minutes behind ten first quarter points from Latik Murphy. St. Joseph answered by closing the second quarter on a 10-3 run to pull back within 19-18 after the first half of play.

The third quarter saw both teams get things going offensively. The two sides traded the lead multiple times over the eight minutes, but Morton was able to close on a 7-0 run to take a 40-35 lead after three quarters of play. The two teams battled tough in the fourth quarter, but Morton was able to hang on for the 54-51 win despite a late charge by the Chargers.

Reggie Strong led St. Joseph with 16 points on the night, followed by Markus Becton with 12. As a team the Chargers shot 38.9 percent from the floor.

Murphy led the Mustangs with 27 points on the night. Jeremiah Davis led the team with 11 rebounds. As a team Morton shot 41.2 percent from the floor.



Whitney Young Cruises Past Crete Monee, 78-45

(Box Score) Whitney Young cruised to a 78-45 win over Crete Monee in game seven of the Proviso West Holiday Tournament. The Dolphins (9-4) advance to take on the winner of the St. Joseph/Morton matchup at 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The Warriors (1-10) will take on the loser of the St. Joseph/Morton matchup at 2:00 p.m. Thursday.

Whitney Young led 26-4 at the end of the first quarter and 44-16 at halftime. The Dolphins collected 18 steals and scored 32 points off those miscues.

DJ Steward (15 points), Tyler Beard (12 points), Myles Baker (12 points and Robert Bostma (10 points) were in double-figures for Whitney Young. Steward picked up four of the Dolphins' 17 steals. 

Karriem Hamilton led the Warriors with a game-high 19 points and eight rebounds. Julian Dancy added 14 points (four three-pointers), five assists and two steals.

Hillcrest Runs Past Proviso West

(Box Score)The Hillcrest Hawks opened their 2018 Proviso West Holiday Tournament experience with a 73-46 win over the host Proviso West Panthers in game six of day one of the tournament. With the win, the Hawks improve to 8-4 on the season and advance into the winner’s bracket where they will meet Fenwick on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.  The Panthers fall to 3-5 on the season and will meet Dunbar at 12:30 p.m. in the consolation bracket.

Proviso West outscored the Hawks 20-19 in the first quarter before Hillcrest settled in and doubled up the Panthers 20-10 in the second. Leading 39-30 at the half, the Hawks came out of the break with a 6-0 run to push the lead up to 15 and force a Panthers’ timeout.  Hillcrest continued to open things up throughout the quarter, outscoring the host Panthers 21-7 in the period to extend the lead to 60-37 after the third and never looked back.

Mar’Keise Irving led the way for Hillcrest, dropping in 20 points to lead three in double-figures scoring.  Julius Rollins added 18 and pulled down ten boards while Dylan West added 11 points and 12 rebounds.  The Hawks shot 48-percent from the field (30-for-62), including five of 13 from three.

For Proviso West, Austin Murray scored a team-high 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds while Calvin Lucas added ten points.  The Panthers shot 18-for-49 from the field, hitting on seven of 18 attempts from three-point distance.

Fenwick Downs Dunbar in Overtime

(Box Score) The Fenwick Friars and Dunbar Mighty Men faced off this evening in game four of the first round of the 58th annual Proviso West Holiday Tournament. Bryce Hopkins was the difference maker for the Friars, as his 36 points and 10 rebounds led Fenwick to an 84 to 75 overtime victory over Dunbar.

A balanced attack helped Dunbar to grab an early lead that they were able to build to 17-10 after one quarter of play. In total five different players scored in the quarter. Dunbar continued to add on early in the second quarter, using a three by Ishmael Martin to build the lead to double digits. Fenwick was able to battle back by controlling the boards by a 23-11 margin in the half. Fenwick pulled back within 34-29 at the half by closing on a 7-2 run.

In the third quarter, Dunbar was able to ride the hot hand of Martin to a 10-2 run through the middle part of the quarter to build their lead back to double digits. A buzzer beating three from Bryce Hopkins pulled Fenwick back within 56-46 after three quarters of play. Fenwick battled back in an exciting fourth quarter, getting as close as one on a Solomon Oraegbu three. The Friars were able to complete the comeback with just ten seconds remaining in the fourth quarter on two Trey Pettigrew free throws. Fenwick was able to stop a last second heave from Dunbar to force overtime.

In the overtime period, Fenwick was able to break off an 11-2 run to open the extra period. They were able to hang on from there for the 84-75 victory.

Fenwick shot 43.1 percent on the night, including 22-32 from the charity stripe. Hopkins led with 36 points, followed by Oraegbu with 20 and Trey Pettigrew with 12. Dunbar shot 46.3 percent on the night including 12-21 from three. Martin led the team with 39 points on the night.

Fenwick (7-4) advances to the championship bracket quarterfinal tomorrow evening at 7:00pm. Dunbar (11-2) will play in the consolation quarterfinal tomorrow afternoon at 12:30pm.



Agee Boosts Bengals to 10-1 with Rout of Niles West

(Box Score) The morning session for day one of the 58th annual Proviso West Holiday Tournament concluded with action between Bogan High School of Chicago and Niles West High School of Skokie. Bogan, fifth-place finishers at last year’s tournament, dominated in most aspects of the game and improved to 10-1 on the season, pulling away to a 65-32 victory.

Bogan took a 13-10 lead after one quarter and maintained the lead through the second, although Niles West stayed close throughout. The Wolves were within five points with 2:25 remaining, but the Bengals scored the final five points of the half, with Jordan Booker hitting a running one-hander to beat the buzzer and give Bogan a 28-18 lead at the break.

The Bengals broke open the game in the third with a 20-4 run. Bogan was able to score on a couple of fast breaks and created some other close-in chances. Niles West attempted a comeback with an 8-0 run over the end of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth, but Bogan turned on the jets again. Rashaun Agee’s long two gave the Bengals their first 30-point lead, and his thunderous slam next time down the floor had the game totally in Bogan’s control.

Agee put on a showcase for the Bengals, shooting 11-16 on his way to a game-high 24 points. The 6’ 8” senior posted a double-double with his 13 rebounds, and he completed a strong stat line with three assists, three steals and a block. The Bengals, who shot 52 percent for the game (29-56) also had Booker in double figures with 10 points (5-8 shooting). Niles West (5-8) was led by Richie Noparstak with 12 points.

Bogan will take on Proviso East I a winners’ bracket game on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Niles West will tangle with Hyde Park Academy on Thursday at 11 a.m.

Proviso East Prevails on Strength of Inside Play

 (Box Score) The Proviso East Pirates and Hyde Park Academy Thunderbirds squared off in game three of Wednesday’s first round of the 58th annual Proviso West Holiday Tournament. This game was decided on the inside as Proviso East controlled the boards and pulled away to a final score of 77-51.

James Hobson had the hot hand early for the Pirates. He hit a pair of shots from the outside, his second three giving Proviso East a 13-3 lead midway through the first quarter. Leading 19-9 after one, the Pirates’ edge remained in the 9-12 point range until the final 10 seconds of the first half when the Pirates put up five quick points to take a 41-26 lead at the half.

The Pirates built their lead to 19 in the third quarter before the Thunderbirds scored seven straight points to cut the margin to 50-38. However, Aaron Sykes scored twice inside to halt Hyde Park’s momentum, and Proviso East took the lead back up to 18 points after three. The Pirates then scored the first six points of the fourth quarter and kept their lead above 20 for the remainder of the game.

Led by Sykes’ 11 rebounds, Proviso East pulled down 57 to Hyde Park’s 40 (Braijon Johnson, 13). The interior play of both teams was strong as they combined for 18 blocked shots; Timayron Shorts was credited with four of the Pirates’ eight rejections, while four Hyde Park players had two blocks each among 10 total for the Thunderbirds. Scoring leaders included, for Proviso East, Hobson with 20 and Sykes with 19, while Johnson had 20 and Jalen Houston 14 for Hyde Park.

Proviso East (7-2) advances to the winners’ bracket and will play a 5:30 p.m. game on Thursday. Hyde Park (4-5) will play on Thursday at 11 a.m.

Uplifting Performance by Jacobs Sparks Win Over Larkin

(Box Score)Uplift High School, third-place finishers at the 2016 and 2017 Proviso West Holiday Tournaments, began play at this year's 58th annual tournament with a solid performance, showing their intent to be among this year's contenders. A huge second quarter enabled the Titans to open up a 23-point halftime lead and cruise to an 82-41 win over Larkin High School

Uplift led 17-11 after one quarter but opened up a huge lead with a 23-6 second quarter. The Titans shot 9-19 in the quarter while holding the Royals to just 3-11, including no field goals in the final 3:44.  Uplift was also able to capitalize on 15 Larkin turnovers in the half, while they were guilty of just five themselves.

Two-time PWHT all-tournament tem member Markese Jacobs was in the spotlight again today for Uplift. Despite not being in the starting lineup today, Jacobs led all scorers with 36 points on 14 of 23 from the field, 5-9 from three-point range. The senior guard completed a great all-around day with five rebounds, five assists and four steals.  Also in double figures for Uplift (8-2) were Detalian Brown with 15 points  and Tavion Underwood with 13. Jashon Johnson-Neals paced Larkin (4-10) with 17 points, 7-9 shooting from the floor.

Uplift will advance to play Leo in a winners' bracket game at 4 p.m. on Thursday. Larkin will battle CICS Longwood on Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

Lions Off to Roaring Start at Proviso West

(Box Score)The one-two punch of Dechaun Anderson and Fred Cleveland hit early and often Wednesday for Leo High School, The Lions (10-2), one of the early favorites at the Proviso West Holiday Tournament, took command early in the game and never looked back, as they thumped CICS Longwood 83-50 in the tournament opener.

Anderson, a 6'7" forward, put up a quick dozen as the Lions grabbed a 17-4 lead after four minutes. Cleveland, a 5'10" guard, followed with a three from the left corner and then a layup as Leo carried on to a 30-6 lead after one quarter. The pair stayed on a roll in the second quarter, combining for 41 points in the first half as Leo extended the lead to 53-21. The first-half stats showed Leo shooting .645 on 20-31, many of their shots coming in transition. Longwood was held to a .300 percentage on 9-30 from the field.

The second half saw both coaches fully utilize their benches. Anderson and Cleveland would finish as co-scoring leaders for Leo, each scoring 23. Myles Thomas joined them in double figures, scoring 17 points. For Longwood, Damari Fonza scored a game-high 26 points, hitting on 11 of 20 from the field.

Leo will advance to a winners' bracket game at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday. Longwood will begin the day's action on Thursday with a game at 9:30 a.m.

Bogan Bengals are a Legitimate, Capable Contender

Coach Arthur “Goodie” Goodwin has built a team that Has been ranked number 2 in the top 25 based on the Quick start they’ve had and the talent he has on hand. 6’7” Rashaun Agee does work down low and can also step out and make the midrange shots. Jordan Booker is a lock down defender who also makes the offense click.

Leo Lions Stepping Up in Competition

Fred Cleveland Jr. is the leader of this team, but brothers, 6’8” Dachaun and Kendale Anderson Bring a great deal to the table. Proviso West will be the true test for the Lions and new coach Jamal Thompson who are one of the favorites to win the 2A title. They may face Uplift (also a 2A favorite) here at West. What a matchup that would be with Cleveland going against Markese Jacobs, “The Show” who has put up extremely big numbers this year.

Hillcrest Hawks Will be in the Mix at West

Don Houston has built a program that is respected throughout the state. His team is a mainstay in the South Suburban SICA Conference and has won the title numerous times. This tournament is part of the preparation for state and a possible trip to Peoria for the class 3A state title run. Dylan Woods is someone to watch. His numbers and leadership can make a difference.

Proviso East Ready to Run and Jump into Action

Pirates coach Donnie Boyce has been to the state Finals multiple times both as a player and as a coach. His experience speaks volumes and guarantees the pirates will be  serious contenders in this tournament. Look for East to create  a very fast paced game with their smothering run and jump defense.

Coach Pingatore Leads St. Joes into Battle for the 48th Year

Gene Pingatore has been coaching St. Joseph high school basketball For over 40 years and he has more wins than anyone else in this tournament. Coach Ping is still going strong with a very competitive team. His team Received the 7 seed in this tournament and are very dangerous. At Proviso West you always find out what your team is made of. Don’t count St. Joes out.

West Tournament a Huge Test for the Home Team

Anthony Longstreet, coach at Proviso West has had to pick up the Pieces this year and try to create a competitive team. The challenge is the Fact that he has no returning varsity players. Calvin Lucas, Demarius Horton and Austin Murray are being counted on to provide leadership this season. The Panthers presently stand at 1-2 and hope to break out with an upset or two at this tournament.

Whitney Young Dolphins Have a 3 Headed Monster

Myles Baker, Tyler Beard and DJ Steward have alternately
led the number 1 ranked Dolphins in scoring this year. 
Some feel they are destined to return to Peoria for the state finals 
again this year. They will face a good group of challengers at 
Proviso West this year. Coach Slaughter knows there’s no better
Way to prepare for state.

Fenwick Friars Playing at a High Level

Fenwick and new coach Staunton Peck are playing at a very high level despite losing two very good players from last year’s team. Sophomore Bryce Hopkins has stepped into the leadership role, and has provided a great deal of offensive punch for the team. He dropped in 31 points in a recent victory. He is the key to the team.

Jacobs is “The Show’ for Uplift

Markese Jacobs has scored over 30 points several times, and even had 41 points in a game during this young season. This recent DePaul signee has truly matured according to head coach David Taylor. He is continuing to learn how to be a leader and make his teammates better, but when needed he can provide instant offense. The nickname “The Show” fits him because he is a human highlight when on the court. Expect Jacobs to provide great excitement during the Proviso West Holiday Tournament.