BHS vs. St. Rita
When: 6 p.m. Friday
Where: UIC Pavilion, Chicago
Records: Bloomington 4-0; Chicago St. Rita 4-1
FYI: BHS looks to maintain its momentum after repeating as Intercity Tournament champion ... The Purple Raiders were led to the title by 6-6 junior star Chris Payton. The Illinois State recruit averaged 21.8 points and 11 rebounds, including a 32-point, 17-rebound effort against Central Catholic ... St. Rita brings a 4-1 record into Friday's Chicago Elite Classic game, with the only loss to Rockford Jefferson (63-54). It came after wins over Freeport, Rockford Guilford, Belvidere and Rockford Auburn ... BHS also plays at Hillcrest at 6 p.m. Saturday. Hillcrest takes a 3-0 record into Friday night's home game vs. Evergreen Park.
NCHS vs. Champaign Central
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Records: Normal Community 3-1; Champaign Central 2-1
FYI: NCHS took second in the Intercity Tournament after falling to Bloomington, 66-57, Monday night ... The Ironmen were paced by 6-7 junior CJ Wilbourn's 14.5 points per game in the tournament ... Senior forward CJ Christian was close behind at 13.5 ... The challenge in the Ironmen's Big 12 Conference opener will be defending Champaign Central senior Tim Finke. The 6-6 guard is a four-year standout who will play college basketball at Grand Canyon University, a Division I program coached by former NBA star Dan Majerle ... The Maroons went 2-1 in the Decatur Thanksgiving Tournament, losing to Decatur Eisenhower (67-58).
West vs. Centennial
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Records: Normal West 2-2; Champaign Centennial 2-3
FYI: Normal West finished third in the Intercity Tournament and now begins Big 12 Conference play ... The Wildcats have been led by blue-chip college prospect Francis Okoro. The 6-9, 230-pound junior averaged 17.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in the Intercity tourney ... Centennial started 0-2 but won two of its next three in the Eaton Corporation Tournament at Lincoln ... Chargers coach Tim Lavin registered his 300th victory (300-171) on Saturday in a 58-55 win over Mahomet-Seymour ... The Chargers are led by junior guard Bryson Cowper, who scored 20 on Saturday.
U High vs. Rochester
When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Bank of Springfield Center (formerly Prairie Capital Convention Center), Springfield
Records: University High 1-3; Rochester 0-0
FYI: U High will see its first Central State Eight Conference action in the Capital City Showcase featuring Central State Eight teams ... The Pioneers were fourth in the Intercity Tournament, posting their win over Central Catholic ... U High was sparked by the steady play of sophomore guard Alex Wood in the Intercity. Wood scored in double figures all four games while averaging 14.3. Included was a 21-point effort in an overtime loss to Normal West ... Rochester will be playing its season opener, a good scheduling move since the Rockets' football team made another deep playoff run that ended in a seventh Class 4A state championship.