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Boys Basketball: Oswego cruises past Plainfield North

Updated: January 18, 2013 10:36PM

Being shorthanded against the top team in the Southwest Prairie Conference proved to be a deadly combination for Plainfield North.

The end result was an 87-49 loss to mighty Oswego Friday at Plainfield North.

The Panthers, ranked No. 12 in the state in Class 4A by the Associated Press, ran their records to 14-2 overall and 6-0 in the SPC. The Tigers’ worst loss of the season dropped their marks to 5-11, 3-3.

“They are as good as advertised, no doubt,” Plainfield North coach Nick DiForti said. “We were shorthanded and they shot lights out in the first half. We were chasing them most of the night.”

Oswego jumped to a 25-15 lead after a quarter and that was just the start. The lead ballooned to 51-27 when Danny Mangers scored off an assist by Miles Simelton with 2:15 left in the first half.

It came after Simelton scored 16 of his 20 points during the first six minutes of the second quarter. Included were four, three-pointers. In the first half, Oswego made eight three’s by four different players.

“We tried to make if difficult on him by making him work for his shots,” DiForti said of the defensive effort against Simelton, a four-year starter. “He still hit shots.”

Simelton was one of three Panthers in double figures. Darion Reddick scored 19 points and Elliott McGaughy came up with 11.

Plainfield North, down three regulars for various reasons, committed 17 first-half turnovers, 28 for the game.

“Being shorthanded put us in the tough position, but it gave other guys a chance to step up and shine,” DiForti said.

Corey Evak totaled 12 points and Trevor Stumpe chipped in 10 for the Tigers, who trailed 74-32 after three quarters. Plainfield North had just 16 made baskets for the game.

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