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Day One of the Chicago Elite Classic 2022

The UIC Forum was full of energy thanks to this year’s Chicago Elite Classic.  / @JacobyCochran

It’s finally December, which means it’s cold. But that’s not what’s important… it’s also time for the Chicago Elite Classic.

The annual high school basketball tournament held at the UIC Forum returned and was everything a basketball fan would want. Excitement, basketball, overpriced snacks, and even more excitement. The players came out to play, and so did the fans.

Lane vs. Taft

The first game in the three-day event…. the two northside schools, Lane Technical High School and William Howard Taft High School, which hold a distinct rivalry, faced off in a tough battle on Friday to prove which was the better school. Lane Tech won the matchup last year, 50-40, and this year was the same result, a win, 51-46. It was led by the 6-4 Shaheed Solebo, a rising prospect in the junior class with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Oak Park vs. Fenwick

An annual event that can essentially define either school’s season, Oak Park & River Forest High School and Fenwick High School battled hard, and so did their fans. Even though Oak Park’s seasoned backcourt came with some intimidation, the youthful Fenwick team, which starts with four sophomores and a junior, captured the win, 64-60. Along with the victory came a sayonara to the revengeful Oak Park fans, who have witnessed two consecutive losses in this tournament to Fenwick.

Benet vs. Riverside-Brookfield

The No. 13 Benet Academy and Riverside Brookfield High School finished off the Friday with Benet capturing an impressive 58-42 win. Benet’s perimeter trio of Niko Abusara, Brady Kunka, and Brayden Fagbemi were very reliable, as expected, and proved too much for Riverside-Brookfield, who still need some time to gel.

 

By Jeremiah Griffith, Senior, Noble Academy

Instagram: jg_zero23

 

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