Some of the Chicagoland area’s best high school boys’ basketball teams will compete in the 53rd edition of the Proviso West Holiday Basketball Tournament December 21 through 31.
The first of 61 games will tip off at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 21, with Libertyville playing Homewood-Flossmoor in the Sports Arena at Proviso West. Proviso East, who won the tournament in 2011, will play its first game at 6:30 p.m. on December 21 when it takes on Dunbar, while host Proviso West will play at 3:45 p.m. on December 26 against Rockford Auburn. Other notable teams playing in this year’s tournament include Morgan Park, the defending tournament champion and Class 3A state champion, and Stevenson, last year’s state championship runner-up, along with Benet Academy, Oswego, and Maine South.
"This tournament is supported so well by the community," said Mr. Joe Spagnolo, the tournament’s director. "It loves good basketball. We have a good blend of teams. It’s a perfect blend of basketball with all styles. If you like high school basketball, this is the place to be."
A new twist to this year’s tournament will feature the championship and third place games on December 31 being televised live on The U Too (WCIU-TV Channel 26.2/48.1, Comcast Xfinity Cable channels 248 and 360). The broadcast of the two games will include a message from Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, and features about Mr. Glenn Lid, a science teacher at Proviso East High School; Mrs. Lindsey Coppola, an English teacher at Proviso West High School; and Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at Proviso Math and Science Academy. The third place and championship games will begin at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., respectively. All other games will be broadcast live online on High School Cube.
In addition, student-athletes, coaches, and administrators from Proviso East and Proviso West will discuss the tournament on WCIU-TV’s "Sports Edition" show this weekend. Among those appearing will be Mr. Calvin Davis, assistant principal for athletics and activities at Proviso West; Mr. Donnie Boyce, head coach of the Proviso East boys’ basketball team, Mr. Tommy Miller, head coach of the Proviso West boys’ basketball team; and Mr. Spagnolo. The show will be broadcast at 7 a.m. on Saturday, December 21, on Comcast channel 223, at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 22, on Comcast channel 248, at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, December 21 to 23, on Chicago city channel 23, and at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday on Chicago city channel 49.
Tickets booklets for all 61 games can be purchased for $75 each at the Proviso West Circle Drive Box Office on December 21. Individual tickets are $5 each day for opening round sessions and $10 for all other sessions.
"You can see five games for $5 during the opening round," Mr. Spagnolo said. ""That’s a bargain for that caliber of teams."