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Proviso East's Antonio Williams lays up a shot on a break-away against Dunbar. | Patrick Gleason/For Sun-Times Media
All-time Proviso East great Jim Brewer was honored before the Pirates' first game of the Proviso West Holiday tournament Saturday night against Dunbar.
The Pirates have a proud history. Great players leave, only to be replaced by the next generation. Last year's star Sterling Brown, now at SMU, sat behind the Pirates' bench.
He got a good look at the next Pirate sensation, sophomore guard Antonio Williams.
The whirling and quick Williams scored 15 of his game-high 21 points in the first half as the No. 11 Pirates ran out to a fast and explosive start and never let up in the convincing 70-40 rout of the Mighty Men in the first-round game in Hillside.
Proviso East (7-1) was coming off a tough overtime victory over Addison Trail won at the buzzer by a Kalin Fisher jumper.
"We wanted to come out and make a statement because we felt like we didn't play that well our last couple of games," Williams said.
He scored nine straight points as Proviso East ran out to a 18-4 lead before settling for the 20-6 lead after the first quarter. He scored on a variety of explosive moves to the basket, short jumpers and even a rebound putback.
He finished 10-for-12 from the field.
"I just wanted to be part of the system here and make my contributions," he said.
Senior star guard Jevon Carter drilled three three-pointers and added 15 points for the Pirates, who led 42-17 at the break.
Another impressive young player was Oshea Miller, who came off the bench and added 10 points on 4-for-6 shooting from the floor.
Proviso East never allowed the Mighty Men a chance to get into their offense. The whip-fast pace and mercurial pressure forced 21 Dunbar turnovers. Proviso East scored 23 points off of those turnovers.
Fisher added eight points, four rebounds and three steals for the Pirates as 10 different Proviso East player scored.
The Pirates have made consecutive championship game tournament appearances, finishing second to Morgan Park last year and winning the tournament in 2011.
Guard Khalid Beal scored a team-best 13 points for Dunbar (1-6).