The holiday season started on a positive note as I went 8-1 (89 percent) last week. Heading into the final week of 2020, my overall record is 62-14, which has me at 82 percent for the season.



Westville (3-1) vs. New Prairie (5-1): The Cougars posted a 61-49 win against Westville last season. Julian Ellis came up with 17 points and 10 rebounds in the Blackhawks’ 60-49 win over Wheeler. Hunter Smith tallied 18 points and 14 rebounds in New Prairie’s 70-45 win over Jimtown. Matt’s pick: New Prairie 64, Westville 54.

Clay (0-6) vs. Michigan City (5-1): The Wolves slipped past Clay, 58-54, during the 2016-17 campaign. Robert Allen netted 18 points in the Colonials’ 68-51 loss at Northridge. Tahari Watson scored 18 points in Michigan City’s 82-69 win over Gary 21st Century. Matt’s pick: Michigan City 75, Clay 56.


Columbia City (3-4) at NorthWood (6-1): The Panthers roared to a 62-42 win over Columbia City a year ago. Jaxon Crawford finished with 15 points in the Eagles’ 77-49 loss to Churubusco. Chaz Yoder’s eight points helped NorthWood against Clay. Matt’s pick: NorthWood 55, Columbia City 48.


Northridge (3-1) vs. Chesterton (5-1) (11 a.m.): Carter Stoltzfus netted 21 points in the Raiders’ 60-51 win over Angola. Travis Grayson poured in 36 points in the Trojans’ 62-50 win over Hammond Morton. Matt’s pick: Chesterton 59, Northridge 57.

Northridge (3-1) vs. Lake Central (4-3) (6 p.m.): Blake Jacobs added six points in the Raiders’ 58-43 win over East Noble. Jaiden Clayton racked up 12 points in the Indians’ 35-32 win over Munster. Matt’s pick: Northridge 44, Lake Central 40.


Prairie Heights (2-4) vs. East Noble (2-3) (11 a.m.): The Knights crowned Prairie Heights, 62-33, in the 2017-18 season. Isaiah Malone mustered seven points in the Panthers’ 64-25 loss to Eastside. Chris Hood tallied 13 points in East Noble’s 56-54 win over Woodlan. Matt’s pick: East Noble 52, Prairie Heights 39.

Heritage (2-3) vs. Glenn (3-0) (1 p.m.): Leroy Lepper finished with 22 points in the Patriots’ 65-53 win over Garrett. Jack Porter added two points in the Falcons’ 50-47 win over LaVille. Matt’s pick: Glenn 61, Heritage 51.


Logansport (5-2) vs. Saint Joseph (4-2) (Noon): The Berries rolled to an 87-56 win over No. 8 (Class 3A) Saint Joseph during the 2018-19 campaign. Malachi Pearson added 22 points in Logansport’s 54-32 win against Muncie Central.  Jack Quinn recorded eight points in the Indians’ 89-41 win over Jimtown. Matt’s pick: Saint Joseph 70, Logansport 63.

Twin Lakes (5-0) vs. Saint Joseph (4-2) (3 p.m.): The Indians cruised to an 87-64 win against Twin Lakes last year. Kahari Jackson accounted for 15 points in Twin Lakes’ 74-39 win over Frontier. J.R. Konieczny contributed 19 points for Saint Joseph in a 71-46 loss to No. 3 Homestead. Matt’s pick: Matt’s pick: Saint Joseph 76, Twin Lakes 67.


North Judson (2-1) vs. Marian (4-1) (11 a.m.): Payton Cox accounted for 12 points in the Bluejays’ 47-41 win over Knox. Kaleo Kakalia’s two points helped the No. 6 (Class 3A) Knights to a 53-50 win over Elkhart. Matt’s pick: Marian 64, North Judson 49.

Lighthouse CPA (2-3) vs. Fort Wayne South (2-3) (1 p.m.): Anton Winder scored 12 points in the Lions’ 105-55 loss to Michigan City. Ashton Johnson recorded 23 points in the Archers’ 63-51 win over Fort Wayne Northrop. Matt’s pick: Fort Wayne South 74, Lighthouse CPA 71.