As the Herscher basketball season tips off this winter, an early twist hit the boys’ team. The annual Turkey Tourney between Herscher, Bishop Mac, Bradley-Bourbonnais, and Kankakee was not a part of the Tigers’ schedule. Instead, the team traveled to Seneca to take on a new arsenal of opponents.

Over the break the Tigers competed in four games against new Thanksgiving break opposition. On Tuesday, the boys took down the host team Seneca in a 41-30 win. The game was mostly a back and forth shoot out, with usually only four points separating the two sides. By the end of the game, the Tigers took and held an eleven-point lead that saw them to an early 1-0 start in the new tournament destination.

For day two, the Tigers lined up cross-court from Somonauk. Much like the Tigers first matchup, the second game was close for a majority of the contest. However, in the final quarter, Somonauk pulled away from the Tigers clinching a 73-65 win. With the day two loss the Tigers moved to 1-1 in tournament play, but continued to look ahead to the following games.

Day three of the annual tournament brought a familiar but unwanted feeling for the Tigers, as they recorded their second loss at the hands of Saint Anne. The Cardinals outscored the Tigers 55-42 as the Tigers came off a day of rest with no game on Thursday. Senior Jack Holohan said, “Leading into Saturday’s game we were 1-2, but the two games we lost were very close and came down to the last minute. So even though we lost we were confident that we would play well and have a good chance at winning that last game.”

On the final day of the tournament, the Tigers looked to even up their record at 2-2 before heading back to school the following Monday. The plan came to fruition, and the Tigers defeated a conference opponent Reed-Custer in a 45-36 win. The Tigers held the lead for almost the entirety of the game and evened up their Turkey Tourney record at 2-2. Junior Logan Lunsford said, “I think we played very hard and well for the first games. We did a great job of running the court but there is always room for improvement on ball movement.”