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 The RPS 205 Tip-Off Classic: Teams to Watch

10/23/2019 2:00 AM

​Rockford Public Schools Athletics is proud to host the sixth annual Tip-Off Classic next month. The Tip-Off Classic is a weeklong Thanksgiving basketball tournament that takes place over the course of five days at four RPS 205 high schools.

Our 25-game tournament includes 12 teams from three states. The Tip-Off will host 10 Illinois teams including Auburn, East, Guilford, Jefferson and Harlem from the NIC-10, as well as Chicago Bogan, Chicago Perspectives, Elgin Larkin, North Chicago and Providence St. Mel. We are also happy to announce the return of our out-of-state guests, Hollywood McArthur (Fla.) and Indianapolis Pike (Ind.). We anticipate another highly competitive tournament this year as the combined record of these schools was 231 -150 in the 2018-2019 season. Eight of these teams had winning records and three made it to the final four of the IHSA State Tournament (Chicago Bogan, East and Providence St. Mel).

Here are the teams to watch this year:
-Rockford East will return a strong team after a record setting 2018-2019 season. The E-Rabs went 24-4 and ended their season with Regional, Sectional and Super Sectional titles along with a State Final Four appearance. The E-Rabs dominated the NIC-10 and finished first with an 18-0 record in conference. This will be East's sixth year playing in the Tip-Off Classic.

-Chicago Bogan completed last year's season with an overall record of 30-4 and competed in the 3A State Championship game. The Bengals are ranked fourth overall in Illinois and will kick off their season with a first-time appearance in the Tip-Off Classic.

-Providence St. Mel finished the 2018-2019 season 30-6. The team easily defeated their opponents in Regionals, Sectionals and Super Sectionals, winning all three games by double digits. The Knights won the IHSA Class 1A State Championship and will begin that title defense here in Rockford.

The Tip-Off Classic begins Monday, Nov. 25 and continues through Saturday, Nov. 30. We are looking forward to another successful year of competitive basketball. We hope to see you there!

2019 Tip-Off Classic Schedule

Monday, November 25 at Auburn
6 p.m. – Hollywood McArthur v. North Chicago
7:30 p.m. – Auburn v. Indianapolis Pike

Monday, November 25 at Jefferson
7 p.m. – Elgin Larkin v. Jefferson

Tuesday, November 26 at East
6 p.m. – East v. Indianapolis Pike
7:30 p.m. – Hollywood McArthur v. Chicago Bogan

Tuesday, November 26 at Guilford
7:30 p.m. – Guilford v. Chicago Perspectives

Wednesday, November 27 at Jefferson
9 a.m. – Harlem v. Hollywood McArthur
10:30 a.m. – Indianapolis Pike v. Providence St. Mel
12 p.m. – Jefferson v. Hollywood McArthur

Wednesday, November 27 at Auburn
12 p.m. – Chicago Perspectives v. Elgin Larkin
1:30 p.m. – Auburn v. North Chicago

Friday, November 29 at Guilford
10 a.m. – Guilford v. Providence St. Mel
11:30 a.m. – Harlem v. North Chicago
1 p.m. – Guilford v. Chicago Bogan

Friday, November 29 at Jefferson
2:30 p.m. – Jefferson v. Providence St. Mel
4 p.m. – Elgin Larkin v. Harlem
5:30 p.m. – Jefferson v. Chicago Perspectives

Friday, November 29 at East
7 p.m. – East v. Chicago Bogan

Saturday, November 30 at East
10 a.m. – East v. North Chicago
11:30 a.m. – Chicago Bogan v. Elgin Larkin
1 p.m. – East v. Providence St. Mel

Saturday, November 30 at Auburn
2:30 p.m. – Guilford v. North Chicago
4 p.m. – Auburn v. Chicago Bogan
5:30 p.m. – Harlem v. Chicago Perspectives
7 p.m. – Auburn v. Elgin Larkin

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