By Marty Maciaszek
When Schaumburg hosts unbeaten Proviso East in Friday's Class 4A sectional final it will be the sixth meeting between the two schools since 1997. Here's a look back at the other matchups:
Half-and-half (2010): Everything went right early for Schaumburg as it led by as much as 10 points and by nine at halftime in the St. Charles East Thanksgiving tournament. But a 2-point third quarter allowed Proviso East to make up ground and go on to a 61-52 victory. Javon McDonald had 22 points and four 3s and Kyle Bolger had 16 points for the Saxons; Keith Carter had 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Trashaun Carroll scored 19 for the Pirates.
A painful lesson (2004): Schaumburg was defending its John E. Paul Thanksgiving title but this one was all Proviso East as it led by as much as 34 in a 61-33 rout. Future Big Ten players led the way with 24 points from Phillip Perry (Wisconsin) and 13 points and 11 rebounds from Brian Carlwell (Illinois). Jake Pancratz led the Saxons with 8 points.
A championship finish (2003): Schaumburg led by just 3 points going into the fourth quarter but used a 20-7 finishing kick en route to a 78-62 victory and John E. Paul Thanksgiving crown. Craig Reichel scored 28 points and Laurence Bradley added 16 for the Saxons.
Catch 22 (2000): The No. 22 was not magical for the Saxons in a 77-56 loss to Proviso East in the second round of the Proviso West Holiday tourney. Stars Dee and Shannon Brown scored 22 points apiece and fueled a decisive 22-2 blitz while Mark Pancratz led the Saxons with 15. A loss the next day to Thornridge would be their last in a season that ended with a Class AA title trophy.
Making a statement (1997): Schaumburg was still a relative unknown on the state scene when it made its early-morning debut in the prestigious Proviso West Holiday tourney against the four-time state champion Pirates. The Saxons were ready for the task by scoring the first 13 points of a 66-55 win that started a run to a second-place finish. Jason Edwards had 18 points and Jason Beall had 14 and helped limit future DePaul and NBA big man Steven Hunter to 11 points on 4-for-12 shooting.
-- Marty Maciaszek