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Holiday road trips for Red Devils, Hornets

The holiday season brings with it festive family gatherings, wintry weather, and high school basketball tournaments. Hinsdale Central heads back to Proviso West while Hinsdale South heads west to compete at DeKalb.

Hinsdale Central

Tournament: Proviso West Holiday Tournament

Location: 4701 W. Harrison St., Hillside

First game: 5 p.m. Saturday, vs. Lincoln Park

What to watch: After dropping the season opener to rival Hinsdale South, the Red Devils have won six of their last seven games and moved into second place in the West Suburban Silver conference.

After topping Naperville Central 67-54 Saturday, the Red Devils had a week-long break from game action before the beginning of the Proviso West Holiday Tournament on Saturday. The Red Devils will open the 32-team tournament against Lincoln Park, which started the season with a 2-4 record. The competition gets even tougher in the second round as Central would face either St. Joe’s, undefeated to start the year, or a tough Nazareth team. The Red Devils have a size advantage few can match with 6-foot-7 forward Matt Rafferty.

The tournament championship, third place and consolation games will be played Dec. 31.

Hinsdale South

Tournament: Chuck Dayton Holiday Tournament

Location: DeKalb High School, 501 W. Dresser Road, DeKalb

First game: 10:30 a.m. Saturday vs. Moline

What to watch: A new coach has yielded new results for the Hinsdale South boys team. Brett Moore is the third coach in as many years for the Hornets, who are 5-3 to start the season behind the solid play of Barret Benson, Larry Motuzis and Marcel Phillips.

South will travel more than 50 miles to DeKalb to participate in the Chuck Dayton Holiday Tournament from Dec. 21 to Dec. 28. The Hornets will play two games on Saturday, one in the morning against Moline and then again in the late afternoon against Hampshire. On Monday, the team will face Geneseo before breaking for Christmas and returning for more tournament games Dec. 26 and Dec. 27.

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