The holiday season brings with it festive family gatherings, wintry weather, and high school basketball tournaments. Lisle will hit the road to play at Plano while Benet hopes to be in the mix for the title at Proviso West.
Tournament: Proviso West Holiday Tournament
Location: Proviso West High School, 4701 W. Harrison St., Hillside
First game: 10:30 a.m. Thu., Dec. 26 vs. Foreman
What to watch: Benet is looking to bounce back from its first loss of the season – a nine point defeat at the hands of Fenwick – when it competes in the Proviso West Holiday Tournament from Dec. 26 to Dec. 31. The Redwings are 6-1 heading into Friday’s game at Marian Catholic, their last game before the tourney.
Led by 6-foot-9 Xavier commit Sean O’Mara, Benet will battle Foreman on Dec. 26 to open the tournament. If the Redwings advance, they will play either Downers Grove South or Providence St. Mel the following day, then potentially Bogan or Glenbrook North in the quarterfinals. The championship game at Proviso West will be played at 4 p.m. Dec. 31.
Tournament: Plano Holiday Tournament
Location: Plano High School, 704 W. Abe St., Plano
First game: 9 a.m. Mon., Dec. 23 vs. Aurora Christian
What to watch: Though the 2013 season is not going the way that Lisle head coach Mark LaScala envisioned, with the Lions falling in eight straight games to start the year, there are several games left to play this season and the Lions hope to reverse their fortune at the upcoming Plano Holiday Tournament.
Lisle will play five games at the week-long tourney, tipping off the play at 9 a.m. Monday against Aurora Christian. If Lisle wins the first round game, it will move on to face No. 5 seed Genoa Kingston, who has a bye in the first round. Ottawa, Burlington Central and Coal City are the tournament’s top three seeds
“We always face some good competition when we compete in the holiday tournament at Plano,” LaScala said. “It’s a good way for us to grow closer as a team and face some different schools.”