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2014 Top four seeds:
1) Metamora
2) Rockridge
3) Monmouth-Roseville
4) Illini West
2013 Individual stat leaders
2013 Final team stats

2014 Tournament less than a month away
The 2014 edition of the Macomb-Western Holiday Basketball Tournament is on the way! This year's dates are Friday, December 26th, Saturday, December 27th and Monday, December 29th. All games, except the consolation semifinals which will be held at Macomb High School, will be played at Western Hall on the beautiful campus of Western Illinois University.

The tournament pairings will be released on Sunday, December 14th with the top four seeds being announced at 7:00 p.m. and the full brackets will be unveiled at 8:00 p.m.

This year's field of teams mirrors the participating squads from last year. Visit the tournament website,, to cast your picks for this year's top four seeds.

The top seed tops the defending champs
In a thriller which featured 2 ties and 9 lead changes, the Rockridge Rockets came back from 11 down in the 2nd half to defeat the reigning champions, Metamora, 49-43 in the finale of the 2013 Macomb-Western Holiday Tournament. Metamora (11-1) built that lead thanks to a 16-0 run which started at the end of the first half and continued after the break.

Rockridge (13-0) fought back and tied the game at 41 with 1:42 remaining on a layup by tournament MVP Ethan Happ. Happ finished with 19 points and fellow Rocket Bryan Heath was the game's top scorer with 22. (

Monmouth-Roseville takes home 3rd
Making their third consecutive trophy game appearance, the Monmouth-Roseville Titans dismantled the Canton Little Giants, 81-50. It was their first time appearing in the third place game after trips to the finals in each of the past two tourneys.

The initial stages of the game seemed to indicate it would be a tight contest throughout as Canton took early command. But a 12-2 Titan run spanning the first and second quarters tightened things up. A Dillon Frieden trey with just over 3 minutes left in the first half gave Monmouth-Roseville (11-1) a lead they would spend the remainder of the game expanding. (

Macomb takes the 5th
A year after going two-and-out for the first time since 1986, Macomb stormed into the 2013 edition of the Macomb-Western Holiday Tournament and earned 5th place with a 52-47 win over Eureka.

Macomb (9-3) watched a 7-point lead evaporate and trailed by two with the basketball in the final seconds of regulation. A Blake Lowderman three-point attempt missed but was putback by Jacob Billeter at the buzzer to force the extra period. Lowderman led Macomb with 15 points and Damone Doyle added 11 with Billeter chipping in 10. (

Titans add to their consolation trophy count
West Hancock handled their in-county rivals, Illini West, by a 46-40 final tonight at Western Hall to take home the consolation trophy from the Macomb-Western Holiday Tournament. Since the West Hancock (5-5) basketball co-op was established in 2008, it is the third time (2008, 2009, 2013) the Titans have taken home the consolation title.

Illini West (4-9) held a small lead most of the first 12 minutes before West Hancock was able to snag the lead and hang on for the victory. (

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