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Elmhurst, 12/15/12--Hinsdale Central's Matt Rafferty passes out of a jam after snagging a rebound and falling to the floor. York High School hosted Hinsdale Central High School in boys basketball Saturday afternoon. | Jon Langham~for Sun-Times Media
Jacob White is looking forward to his first appearance at the 52nd annual Proviso West Holiday tournament.
That moment will likely come Dec. 26 for the Hinsdale Central junior from Clarendon Hills. White usually takes the backcourt for the Red Devils to give guards Brian Owens or Alec Hutcherson a rest. If either of them gets into foul trouble, White enters the game earlier than usual.
As a reserve guard, White isn’t guaranteed any playing time and when he does enter a game, it could only be for a few minutes.
“It has been different going from the sophomore to the varsity squad,” White said. “It’s much more fun. Practices are so fast (paced).”
He has become a regular for Hinsdale Central, which will make its third appearance at Proviso West under coach Nick Latorre.
Under last year’s 16-team, four-day Proviso West format, the Devils placed 10th after going 2-2, concluding with a 75-61 loss to St. Joseph. White and his teammates will test a new Proviso West experience this season.
This year’s tournament spreads out over six days and features 32 teams, who will play a maximum of five games instead of four. Each team is guaranteed three games, one more than in the past. There also will be a fan festival area in the school’s fieldhouse. Also in the fieldhouse, a temporary college-sized court with stands will be constructed for consolation games.
The Devils (4-3, 2-1) open at 12:15 p.m. Dec. 26 against Stevenson in the school’s Sports Arena.
“I feel like it will be a lot of fun,” White said. “Obviously, there is great history at the Proviso West tournament.
“It’s really a good experience playing so many good teams (at Proviso West). There are so many good teams. You play a lot of teams out of the conference; it’s cooler. There is even one out of state (Crespi Carmelite of Encino, Calif).”
With a win, the Devils will play St. Charles East or Von Steuben at 3:45 p.m. Dec. 27. A loss sends Hinsdale to the fieldhouse court at 4 p.m. Dec. 27.
White scored one point in Hinsdale Central’s 54-46 victory at York Saturday to hand the Dukes (7-2, 3-1) their first West Suburban Silver loss.
White was one of three standout linebackers who led Hinsdale Central to a Class 8A playoff appearance in the fall. One of his linebacker teammates, Andrew Pyle, is a standout wrestler this winter for the Devils.
White has been one of three varsity newcomers getting regular time as reserves, along with Evan Blust and Joe Monat. Another football player, Jared Eck, earned one of his first starts of the season at York after coming off the bench. He played sparingly last season.~.