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Lengthy conference win streak halted : Sports : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Lengthy conference win streak halted
Plainfield South knocks off Oswego, ends Panthers' 18-game SPC win streak

by Kristin Sharp


The Oswego boys' basketball team built an impressive win streak in Southwest Prairie Conference play, winning 18 straight, but Plainfield Central put an end to the Panthers' stronghold on the league.

The Wildcats hosted Oswego (3-3, 1-1 SPC) last Friday and poured in 30 points in the fourth quarter to clinch a 69-61 win over the Panthers.

"It was one of those nights where I feel responsible as a coach. I don't think I did a very good job of sending a message that we are hunted within our league," Oswego head coach Kevin Schnable said. "Give Plainfield Central credit because they took the game right at us from the get-go. Our fourth quarter defense was simply unacceptable."

Plainfield Central led 29-25 at halftime, but went on a late 22-5 run to seal the win. Oswego junior Zach West had 23 points, 10 rebounds and five steals to lead the Panthers while sophomore Brice Robinson chipped in with 10 points. Freshman Jaylen Jones and West had four assists each.

"We're young and we're learning," Schnable said. "We've reached a level of expectation and the way we play should be automatic. I took things for granted and I need to slow things down a bit and stay patient and positive. The kids get it; they were right with me as far as how they felt about their play."

Schnable spent the week preparing the players for Friday's home game against Oswego East (1-6, 1-1) at 8 p.m.

"We reviewed the Plainfield Central game and even at practice we scrimmaged and told them to play the game we didn't on Friday night," Schnable said. "(Tuesday) was one of our best practices of the season. We're in bounce-back mode.

"From a coaching standpoint, we like their backcourt with (Mike) McAllister and (Jeremy) Mitchell and (Houston) McCullum has really improved his level of skill. He's a strong kid inside with some athleticism," Schnable said about Oswego East.

"We're going to have to play a great game on Friday night."

Oswego will close out December at the Proviso West Tournament, opening play on Dec. 26 against Maine South at 8:30 p.m. The winner would likely face No. 2 Morgan Park on Dec. 27. Play continues through Dec. 31.

"The neat thing is we get to play the last game of the first round, 12 hours later than we did a year ago," Schnable said. "It's an intriguing matchup. It's two football schools that have built their basketball programs up to respectable levels. They play a different brand of ball than us. ... If our kids come to compete like we're capable of, we can knock them off."

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