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Boys Basketball: Oswego stings Homewood-Flossmoor

Updated: January 31, 2013 6:41AM



Homewood-Flossmoor ran into a buzz saw. The worst part is Jim McLaughlin saw it coming.

The Vikings watched Oswego star guard Miles Simelton open the game with three three-pointers in the first 21/2 minutes in falling behind 10-0. It only got worse form there.

Simelton shot 9-of-10 from the floor in scoring 28 points as the Panthers ripped the previously unbeaten Vikings 64-43 in a Proviso West Holiday Tournament quarterfinal Friday in Hillside.

“We lost this game on Dec. 26,” McLaughlin said. “We have our worst practice of the year, and we came here (Thursday) and we should have lost to Westinghouse but we got by on grit.”

Simelton shot 7-of-7, including five three-pointers, in scoring 20 points in the first half.

“Oswego beat us in every facet of the game,” 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.

Maurius Hill had 12 points and 14 rebounds for H-F (10-1). He was the only Vikings player to reach double figures in scoring. Hill sparked an early countermove against Oswego and pulled the Vikings to within 10-8.

Six of Oswego’s first eight baskets were three-pointers. The Panthers converted eight three-pointers in the first half in running out to a 35-23 lead at the break.

Jason Scott added eight points for the Vikings, who shot just 16-of-48 (33 percent) from the field.



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