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Boys Basketball: Oswego ousted in Proviso semis

Updated: December 29, 2012 10:39PM



This time Oswego was not the unknown. They were the prey.

The Panthers earned the attention of Proviso East the day before Thanksgiving when Oswego stunned the Pirates in overtime, the first regular-season loss in two years for the defending Class 4A state runner-ups.

The stakes were raised and the Panthers could not duplicate their early success.

Proviso East used two dominant runs to seize control and played off the superb individual play of guard Paris Lee for the convincing 79-55 victory in a Proviso West Holiday tournament semifinal Saturday in Hillside.

Illinois State-recruit Lee shot a blistering 8-for-10 and drilled five three-pointers in scoring 23 points for the Pirates (10-2), who earned their seventh consecutive victory. The loss snaps the Panthers’ 10-game winning streak.

“We still had a very bad taste in our mouths,” Lee said. “The first time we played them, we didn’t really know anything about them, we kind of took them for granted, but they’re a good team and they went off a nine-game winning streak after they beat us.”

Oswego (11-2) withstood Proviso East’s early 13-0 run that saw the Panthers fall behind 23-8 after the first quarter. Simelton scored a team-best 21 points. Taking advantage of game-shifting technical fouls assessed against Lee and teammate Sterling Brown, Simelton scored nine points in the second quarter to spark a 20-8 burst that pulled the Panthers within 31-28.

They never got closer. Proviso East ended the second quarter with an 8-0 run for a 39-28 lead at the break. They expanded the run into 20 unanswered points with a 12-0 burst at the start of the third quarter. Lee hit three three-pointers in the third quarter in scoring 14 of his points as Proviso East built a stunning 29-point lead.

“I think the energy we had to get back after the first run probably took something out of us,” Simelton said. “We started turning the ball over and that led to breakouts and a couple of transition threes by Paris Lee.”

Star senior guard Miles Simelton scored 21 points to lead the Panthers. Oswego shot just 28 percent (7-for-25) on three-point attempts.

Senior forward Darion Reddick scored a career-high 20 points in the first meeting. He was held to just three points. “Oswego is a very good team, and we did a much job of running after their shooters, Reddick, [Elliot McGaughy], who do a great job of spacing the floor and playing off of Miles,” Proviso East coach Donnie Boyce said.

“They had too many runs and we had too few timeouts,” Oswego coach Kevin Schnable said. “They either turned us over or slowed us down.”

Senior guard McGaughy contributed 13 points though he was harassed into 5-for-18 shooting from the floor. No other Panther player had more than six points. “If you follow their program, and Donnie said as much, they hang their hat on their defense and we saw that today,” Schnable said.

The Panthers move to the third-place game against Stevenson Monday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.



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