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Oswego's Miles Simelton jumps to shoot over Lincoln Park's Phil Posley. | Patrick Gleason~For Sun-Times
Oswego is not over thinking things. And for high school basketball teams, that is usually a good thing.
“Coach wants the ball in both of our hands,” Panthers senior Miles Simelton said.
“We have the guys who can race and run with it, so we just let them play,” Oswego coach Kevin Schnable said.
Simelton is one of those guys and senior back court mate Elliot McGaughy is the other.
The Oswego guards each scored 21 to lead the Panthers to a 66-35 win over Lincoln Park Saturday in the first game of the first round at the newly-expanded Proviso West Holiday Tournament in Hillside.
It was a fairly easy, running clock fourth quarter win for Oswego. But make no mistake, the significance of the game was not lost on the Panthers, who were making their first appearance at the tournament.
“We know this is a big stage,” McGaughy said. “Early games are always tough, but this tournament is a big thing for us to be in and we wanted to come out and do well.”
Jack Kwiatkowski added 10 points for Oswego (9-1).
Julian Nunnery and Malik Jones each scored eight for the Lions (5-2).
Simelton and McGaughy have switched positions this season, with Simelton playing point guard. Simelton is considered one of the top unsigned senior guards in the state.
“I definitely think I’m playing the right position now,” Simelton said.
The Panthers will face New Trier in the second round on Dec. 27.