In a midseason clash of the Chicago-areas two quickest teams, 6’7 junior Josh Cunningham scored 24 points and 16 rebounds as #3 Morgan Park Mustangs beat #4 Proviso East 82-57 to win the 32-team, 51st annual Proviso West Holiday Tournament in Hillside, IL.
For Morgan Park: DePaul commit Billy Garrett Jr. scored 18 points, Dayton-bound Kyle Davis scored 14 and added five steals and Freshman Charlie Moore chipped in eight points with his long-range shooting.
Proviso East led by four at the half but Morgan Park (14-1) quickly erased the lead. When Proviso East star (SMU) Sterling Brown (Shannon’s brother) exited with 4 fouls, Morgan Park went on a game-changing run.
Brown finished with 18 points and Illinois State recruit Paris Lee scored 19 for the Proviso East Pirates (10-3).
It’s the first championship for Morgan Park. Proviso East won last year’s title. Head coach Larry Brown (SMU) and assistant Jerrance Howard watched future SMU player Sterling Brown from the crowd.
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Thanks to Coach Irvin, Coach Walt, Coach Boyce and everyone at Proviso West HS and the Proviso West Holiday Tournament (pwhoops.com).