The Proviso East vs Proviso West Basketball Showdown was hosted at Proviso West High School in Hillside this weekend. Senior, Ronnie Allgood was unstoppable in the paint and lead the Panthers in scoring with 25 points. However, it was not enough to upend the Pirates (11-4), (5-1) who powered past West in a 61-72 victory.

 At the end of the first quarter, the Panthers Deveon Bryant had already put in 6 points but East narrowly held onto a the lead 16-15.  In the second quarter the Pirates slowly began to pull away and lead at the half 32-26.  In the 3rd quarter though, Donnie Boyce’s trademark defensive pressure started to wear down the Panthers as sophomore Michael Osborne made his third three-pointer of the game. Building on the lead, the Pirates closed the 3rd quarter up 54-38.

The crowd went wild after consecutive dunks from leading scorer Jordan Morris (16 points) and Quinlan Bennett (14 points) causing Panther Coach, Anthony Longstreet to call a time out to compose the team.  

The Pirates face off at home in the Proviso East Field House against the Addison Trail Blazers on Saturday February 10th at 6pm.

Jill Wagner

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