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Miles Simelton spent the day before Christmas in a solitary mood. “I went to our gym and worked on my shot, because I knew we’d have some big games and I wanted to make sure my shot was there,” he said.
The Panthers’ star senior guard put on a startling individual performance by hitting his first eight shots and nailing six-three pointers in scoring 28 points in powering No. 9 Oswego’s shockingly one-sided 64-43 victory over previously undefeated No. 4 Homewood-Flossmoor in a Proviso West quarterfinal Friday in Hillside.
Simelton connected on three three-pointers to stake the Panthers (11-1) to a 10-0 lead in the game’s opening two and a half minutes. He shot seven-for-seven and drilled five three-pointers in scoring 20 points in catapulting the Panthers to a 35-23 lead at the break.
“He controlled us, he controlled them and he controlled the game,” Oswego coach Kevin Schnable said. Six of Oswego’s first eight baskets were three-pointers. The Panthers shot 8-for-15 on three-pointers in the first half.
He shot seven-for-seven, with five made three-pointers, in scoring 20 points in the first half.
“This was definitely one of my best shooting performances ever,” Simelton said. “I think there was a certain point where I just told myself, ‘Wow,’ at the way my shot was falling.” His shooting allowed the Panthers to offset the Vikings’ considerable size advantage on the interior. Homewood-Flossmoor (10-1) star forward Maurius Hill posted a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
He was the only Viking player in double figures.
“Oswego beat us in every facet of the game,” Homewood-Flossmoor coach Jim McLaughlin said. “They outcoached us, they outplayed us and they outhustled us. We had three different plans of attack [against Simelton] and obviously none of them worked.
“He’s an exceptional player. I can’t ever remember somebody shooting the ball against us like that,” he said.
Simelton shot 9-for-10 from the floor, and he was six-for-seven on three-pointers. He ended the third quarter with an emphatic breakaway dunk that expanded the Panthers’ lead to 54-32. He added four assists and two steals.
Senior forward Darion Reddick added 11 points and senior guard Elliot McGaughy shook off a poor shooting game to contribute nine points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals. Reserve guard Zach West drilled two three-pointers in the third quarter that helped swell the lead.
Oswego advances to the semifinals in their first ever appearance at the tournament. “This was definitely a program win,” Schnable said. “I told [McLaughlin] before the game it was a honor for us to play a program like Homewood-Flossmoor. They’ve won nine consecutive regional championships.”
The Panthers made their own statement.