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One minute into Oswego’s showdown with New Trier, star senior guard Miles Simelton had two fouls. Elliot McGaughy instantly changed roles.
“Miles is usually the one who runs our offense, and when he got into the foul trouble I tried not to dominate or anything, just to go out lead and get others involved,” the senior guard said.
McGaughy put on a show with 28 points, five steals and three assists as No. 9 Oswego used a 17-0 first half run to overwhelm New Trier 64-39 in a second round Proviso West Holiday tournament game Thursday in Hillside.
Oswego advances to play undefeated No. 4 Homewood-Flossmoor in Friday’s quarterfinal round.
McGaughy shot 12-for-21 from the field and nailed three three-pointers in scoring in his season-high output. He drilled a three-pointer and registered a three-point play as Oswego delivered the stunning opening blow by ending the first quarter with a 15-0 burst.
Simelton, who finished with 11 points, returned to play in the final minute and drilled a 22-footer for a 22-3 Oswego advantage. The Panthers (10-1) held the Trevians scoreless from the field in the first quarter.
The Oswego run reached 17 points before New Trier (10-3) scored its first field goal on a three-pointer from senior forward Steven Cook (12 points) with seven minutes to play in the second quarter. Cook scored eight points in the second quarter, sparking a 10-2 run that pulled the Trevians within 33-22 just before the break.
McGaughy ended any hopes of a New Trier comeback with a sizzling third quarter. He drilled two three-pointers during a personal 8-0 run as Oswego expanded its lead to 44-24. “Our coaches talked at halftime that we got a little rattled in the second quarter and we had to come out and play more focused in that third quarter,” McGaughy said.
Senior forward Darion Reddick also impressed by scoring 18 points by shooting 7-for-11 from the field. Like McGaughy, he scored 12 points in the first half.
“Right now, our confidence level is super high,” Reddick said. “We have great chemistry and we play well together and coaches are really stressing defense and that’s what we’re playing.”
Oswego’s aggressive pressure knocked New Trier off its rhythms from the very start. New Trier suffered 18 turnovers.
“We do a really good job of pressuring the wings,” McGauhy said.
New Trier ran into a buzzsaw. The normally sharp-shooting Trevians made just 4-for-19 on three-pointers in shooting 32 percent (14-for-44).
“We gave up 22 points in the first and third quarters and we haven’t given up 22 points in a quarter the whole year,” New Trier coach Scott Fricke said. “Our defense was nonexistent.”