Proviso East Boys Fall to St. Joseph 68-61 in Proviso West Holiday Tourney Quarterfinals

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December 28, 2013 || Bob Narang, Special to the Tribune

Let the hype begin about Monday’s semifinal at the Proviso West Holiday Tournament between No. 2 Stevenson and No. 9 St. Joseph.

Jordan Ash scored 26 points, Joffery Brown added 16 and Glynn Watson scored 13 in St. Joseph’s 68-61 victory against No. 13 Proviso East on Saturday to set up a meeting of undefeated teams.

Glynn and Stevenson’s Jalen Brunson are two of the top junior point guards in the country, with the highly recruited Ash set to square off with Stevenson shooting guard Connor Cashaw at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

“We’re really excited to be finally playing (Stevenson),” Watson said. “That’s a game we’re trying to win to just stay undefeated. It should be a great matchup. Me and Jordan versus Brunson and Cashaw. It should be a good show. But it’s a team game.”

Ash, Brown and Watson combined for 55 points Saturday. Proviso East (8-2) shot 4-for-20 from 3-point territory and couldn’t recover from a 17.9 percent first-half shooting display. West Virginia-bound guard Jevon Carter scored 20 points, but was 2-for-12 on 3-point attempts.

“I couldn’t get my shots to fall this game,” Carter said. “I have to pick it up next game.”

Ash, a junior, scored 11 of St. Joseph’s first 26 points and broke loose for 10 points in a three-plus minute span in the fourth to stop a Proviso East rally. The Chargers (11-0) overcame 18 turnovers and a 19-for-31 effort from the free-throw line.

“We could be a really good team by the end of the year, but we got to get smarter,” St. Joseph coach Gene Pingatore said.

Player of the game: Jordan Ash, St. Joseph, 26 points, 8 rebounds, 3 3-pointers.

Key performers: Proviso East — Kalin Fisher, 22 points; Antonio Williams, 13 points, 11 rebounds, 3 steals. St. Joseph — Joffery Brown, 16 points, 5 rebounds; Glynn Watson, 13 points, 3 rebounds. VFP

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