The cost of a session ticket is $10.00.  With the exception of Session One – Each session consists of three (3) games.  Advance session tickets may be purchased during the tournament in the Tournament Office.  Infants (under 2) in arms are Free.  NO SINGLE GAME TICKETS ARE SOLD.



High School Zoom to Stream All 26 Games of the Tournament

All 26 games of the 88th Annual Pontiac Holiday Tournament will be streamed live on High School Zoom this December 27th, 28th and 29th, 2018. This change comes as The Cube, which provided live coverage of the Tournament since 2011, was shut down in May. “We are glad we are able to fill the void The Cube left and provide a quality experience for everyone” says CEO of High School Zoom Blake Whittle. “We’ve come so far as a company since the start of school year in August, and I’m excited to see where we will be by Holiday Tournament time.” In years past, the Holiday Tournament has generated around 35,000 views across 3 days/26 games.

Pontiac Holiday Tournament Honored with IBCA Award

The Pontiac Holiday Tournament was recently honored with an Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Award.  The IBCA has, for many years, honored individuals for their efforts in promoting Illinois basketball.  For the first time, the IBCA honored entire organizations that they feel have gone above and beyond in contributing to their students, schools, and communities.

This year the Pontiac Holiday Tournament was selected as one of three IBCA “Organization of the Year” recipients.  The IBCA presented a plaque to tournament officials at halftime of the Pontiac/Simeon game the first night of this year’s tournament.

This honor is for YOU the fans, our community, volunteers, and tournament staff for your loyalty, generous hospitality, and support to make our tournament one of the great basketball organizations in Illinois.


DEAR PONTIAC HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT FANS: The 85th Pontiac Holiday Tournament is officially in the books. To say it was uneventful would be an understatement. I had envisioned different scenarios about unusual weather delays that would impact the tournament but never did I imagine losing power for several hours and have an almost total blackout in our city. We took a direct hit with the winter storm. However, through it all everyone on our staff, floor officials, our coaches, and especially you our FANS were patient and understanding as we worked through the problem and created an alternate plan so we could finish the tournament in the main gym. Our teams endured poor travel conditions and staying in motels with no power, and having to stay in town an additional day. But through it all our community reached out to our teams to make a bad situation better. Once the power was restored and stayed on it was business as usual. As in past tournaments we were blessed with great individual performances and great games. There was no shortage of excitement. One of our goals is always to provide our teams and out of town guests with a friendly/welcoming atmosphere and very competitive games against some of the best and historic programs in the state. This year tested this goal but I believe everyone stepped up during this difficult time.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for your patience and understanding, and supporting the tournament during a very difficult and trying time.

Jim Drengwitz, Tournament Director


The cost of a season ticket is $39.00 – The season ticket is good for all 26 games.  Tickets may be purchased in the Tournament Office at PTHS until Friday, December 16th.  After this day, tickets can be purchases at Donnells in Pontiac.  Please make checks payable to Pontiac Holiday Tournament.