Many remember Westinghouse’s glory years. It is now memoralized in the lobby outside the Proviso West gym.
The tournament’s all-decade teams honor players from the West Side school’s best years in the 70s-90s. Individuals that were recognized included names like: Mark Aguirre, Hersey Hawkins, Kiwane Garris and Cedric Banks.
Far away form the nationally ranked program that last appeared at Proviso West in 1999, Westinghouse remained in this years winner’s bracket after grinding out a 38-35 victory over Downers Grove South in the first round Saturday.
The Warriors (8-2) will meet with No. 5 ranked Homewood-Flossmoor Thursday, with the losses coming to the No. 1 ranked Young and North lawndale.
“Some of our former players have come and spoke with the team about the history of the tournament…For them to get invited to this tournament after four years, it was an accomplishment,” says Garland Williams, Westinghouse coach.
Williams was talking about his lineup full of four-year varsity players, but it was junior reserve De’Quaniis Jackson who saved the day for his team.
Jackson scored a game-high 13 points in 14 minutes, including a couple minute span of the fourth quarter to turn a 30-26 deficit into a 33-30 lead.
The exciting Downers Grove team was never in trouble.
“Coach stresses that good players make shots…It could be anyone on our team. this game, it just happened to be me,” says Jackson.
Jackson has always been a Westinghouse fans and excited to one day play for them.
“I was very excited about playing here. I remember coming here watching Westinghouse when I was a little kid,” says Jackson.