POINT #2 .... Lincoln Park has, without question, the talent to play with anyone this side of Simeon, including quickness, depth, athleticism and a dynamic point guard in Juice Thompson. Coach Tom Livatino is the first to admit it's his responsibility to somehow get this group to play with a sense of urgency. And once the semifinals roll around at the Big Dipper, that sense of urgency better be there for a potential showdown with Thornton. A Big Dipper title could show this team just what it takes to play consistent basketball against elite teams and put them in a position to make a serious run in the second half of the season.
POINT #3 .... T.F. North, meanwhile, made a terrific move by getting into the Proviso West Holiday Tournament. This minefield of teams should prove to be the test T.F. North -- and avid prep basketball followers -- are looking for. This has been a program that's made tremendous strides over the past two-plus years. Coach Tim Bankston upgraded the schedule significantly and it's starting to pay off. However, for whatever reason this has been a team a lot of people, including myself to an extent, refuse to buy into. This is the proving ground, right here at Proviso West, to make a statement. This isn't to say the Meteors have to win the thing, but just make a strong showing against some of the state's elite in a high-profile event and venue. There isn't a team with more on the line in the first round of a holiday tournament than T.F. North. An upset loss to Glenbrook North in the 9 a.m. game on opening day could be damaging. Remember, this is a team that must compete at the highest level nearly every night out playing in the SICA East and being in a sectional with the likes of Thornwood, Washington and Thornton.
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