The 53rd edition of the Proviso West Holiday Basketball Tournament was a showcase of some of the best high school basketball the Chicago area has to offer.
More than 20,000 people attended games between December 21 and December 31, which ended with last year’s Class 4A state runner-up, Stevenson High School, claiming the tournament title with a 69-57 win over Morgan Park High. Morgan Park had won the Class 3A state title and the Proviso West Holiday Tournament title last year. Proviso East High School finished in fifth place after its 59-51 win over Fenwick earlier in the day on December 31. In addition, Jevon Carter, a senior at Proviso East, was named to the second team of the All-Tournament Team.
Mr. Joe Spagnolo, the tournament’s director, said that attendance was up overall, especially at the early round games. "That’s a very good positive," he said. "We had some outstanding first and second round games that caused our attendance to go up."
The tournament also branched out again with Weigel Broadcasting televising the championship and third place games on December 31 on its U Too channel. The broadcast of the two games included 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 games, featuring Stevenson and Morgan Park in the championship game and St. Joseph and Bogan in the third place game, can still be seen on WatchESPN.com.
"I thought it was a great addition," Mr. Spagnolo said of the television features. "It’s nice to do more than basketball."