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Westinghouse's Ricky Battle puts up a shot with Downers Grove South's Scott McNelis defending. | Patrick Gelason~For Sun-Times Media
Westinghouse is one of the schools that helped make the Proviso West Holiday Tournament a special event. The Warriors have won the tournament five times, and appeared in four consecutive title games from 1993-96.
It’s unlikely they will make a run to the title game this season, but the program is back on the rise, with the first senior class since becoming a magnet school.
It was a junior, De’Quaniis Jackson, that gave Westinghouse a successful return to the tournament on Saturday in Hillside with a 38-35 win over Downers South.
Both teams struggled mightily to score throughout the game, but Jackson came to life in the fourth quarter. He scored seven consecutive points, lifting the Warriors from a four point deficit to a 33-30 lead. He finished with nine in the quarter and 14 in the game.
“I used to come here when I was younger,” Jackson said. “I remember watching Westinghouse play when Chris Head was the coach.”
Dewan White added eight points and seven rebounds for the Warriors (8-2).
Robert Mara led Downers South (5-3) with 12 points and Danny Spinuzza added 10.
Westinghouse shot 11-for-37 and the Mustangs were 15-for-47.
“It was ugly,” Jackson said. “But we still got the win.”