Peppino’s Invitational Jump Starts Boys Basketball in CNY at OCC in December

The Peppino’s Invitational High School Basketball event is coming to OCC December 2 & 3.

It will include seven high school basketball games and an OCC Men’s game.

Syracuse, N.Y. – The thirteenth annual Peppino’s Invitational kicks off December 2-3 in Allyn Hall at Onondaga Community College. After twelve years, the event moves from Henninger High School to OCC when fourteen year Henninger varsity boys basketball coach Erik Saroney accepted the Lazers head coaching position in April 2016.

The owner of Peppino’s Restaurant & Catering Company, John Vigliotti is a long-time supporter of local high school athletics. For over forty years Peppino’s have proudly served the people of Central New York and John Vigliotti has supported this huge showcase for local high school basketball for over 10 years.

The annual showcase has come to signal the start of the season for high school boys basketball. Each year the selection committee attempts to put together early season match-ups that spectators want to see and includes some of the best teams and players from Section III and upstate New York.


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The packed schedule includes a rematch of the 2015-16 Class AA Section III championship game between Liverpool and Bishop Ludden on Saturday at 8pm.

This year the teams are comprised of five 2015-16 section champions: Bishop Grimes, Christian Brothers Academy, Horseheads High School (Section IV), Bishop Ludden and state runner-up Troy High School out of Section II. Rounding out the field includes other CNY powerhouses: Jamesville-Dewitt, Institute of Technology at Central Syracuse, Fayetteville-Manlius, Utica-Proctor, Corcoran, Westhill, Henninger and Liverpool.

Admission costs $5 per day and is good for the entire day.

2016 Peppino’s Invitational Schedule:

Friday, December 2nd

5:00pm – Jamesville-Dewitt vs. Institute of Technology at Central Syracuse

6:30pm – Fayetteville-Manlius vs. Utica-Proctor

8:00pm – Bishop Grimes vs. Christian Brothers Academy

Saturday, December 3rd

1:00pm – Onondaga CC vs. North Country Community College

2:45pm – Corcoran vs. Troy

4:30pm – Westhill vs. Fayetteville-Manlius

6:15pm – Henninger vs. Horseheads

8:00pm – Liverpool vs. Bishop Ludden