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Proviso West, Jack Tosh tourneys feature area basketball teams

Published: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 12:30 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:58 p.m. CDT
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St. Joseph's Joffery Brown (left) and Nick Rakocevic (right) guard St. Charles East's Dom Adduci in a Nov. 29 game. The Chargers could meet the Saints again in the Proviso West Holiday Tournament.

The holiday season brings with it festive family gatherings, wintry weather and high school basketball tournaments. Here’s where some of the area’s boys teams will be competing for the holidays.

Lyons Township

Tournament: Jack Tosh Holiday Classic

Location: York High School, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst

First game: 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 26 vs. Wheaton North

What to watch: The Lions are off to a solid start to the season against tough competition. The newly expanded 32-team Jack Tosh Holiday Classic will continue to test LT. After opening with Wheaton North, the Lions will face either Rolling Meadows or Conant, last year’s tournament runner-up, on day two.

LT could play as many as five games in the tournament, giving junior guard Harrison Niego a stage to show off his improvement from a year ago.

Riverside Brookfield

Tournament: Jack Tosh Holiday Classic

Location: York High School, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst

First game: 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26 vs. Glenbard East

What to watch: The Bulldogs will take on a strong program in a down year in Glenbard East. The Rams, a tournament newcomer, have a young squad and have struggled to match the success of a year ago. RB will face Kenwood or St. Ignatius on the second day. The Bulldogs were third in the 12-team version of the tournament a year ago, but it’s up to 32 teams this time around.

Seniors Jack VandeMerkt and Will Kincanon have been big scorers for the Bulldogs, but a mix of younger players have contributed as well.

Morton

Tournament: Proviso West Holiday Tournament

Location: 4701 W. Harrison St., Hillside

First game: 3:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23 vs. Gage Park

What to watch: The Mustangs are off to a solid start, but playing at Proviso West always takes the competition up a notch. Morton will take on tournament newcomer Gage Park to start and face either St. Charles East or Uplift in the second game. If Morton can make it to the quarters of the 32-team tournament, there could be a meeting with last year’s state runner-up, Stevenson.

This tournament provides a major showcase for players. Senior guards Greg Carter and Jarvis Cannon will be looking to impress college scouts while Weisner Perez can solidify himself as one of the best junior forwards in the state with a good showing.

Nazareth

Tournament: Proviso West Holiday Tournament

Location: 4701 W. Harrison St., Hillside

First game: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23 vs. St. Joseph

What to watch: The Roadrunners have had early success in non-conference games, but with East Suburban Catholic Conference play beginning and the Proviso West Holiday Tournament ahead, it will be a tougher task to maintain their winning ways. Nazareth opens tournament action against St. Joseph. Either Lincoln Park or Hinsdale Central will face Nazareth in the second game.

St. Joseph

Tournament: Proviso West Holiday Tournament

Location: 4701 W. Harrison St., Hillside

First game: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23 vs. Nazareth

What to watch: The Chargers appear to be one of the best teams in the state right now. Junior guards Glynn Watson and Jordan Ash lead a talented team that is still undefeated. In addition, 6-foot-9 sophomore Nick Rakocevic has impressed so far. Hinsdale Central or Lincoln Park will await in the second round.

Fenwick

Tournament: Proviso West Holiday Tournament

Location: 4701 W. Harrison St., Hillside

First game: 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26 vs. Von Steuben

What to watch: The Friars have been competitive without Northwestern-recruit Scott Lindsey, who has been injured since the start of the season. Lindsey should be returning soon but may miss the tournament. Fenwick will take on either host Proviso West or Auburn in the second game.

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