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Jehvion Starwood, Oswego East, below Oswego


senior guard Jehvion Starwood He was on not one but two missions for Oswego East on Tuesday night.

Wyoming’s newcomer entered the regular-season finale at home against Oswego knowing he was close to becoming the fourth player in the program’s short history to reach 1,000 career points.

And the Wolves, coming off a humbling 22-point loss to Yorkville four days earlier, needed a victory to clinch at least a portion of the Southwest Prairie West title.

“When coach told me I was getting closer, I did a few math problems to make sure I was where I needed to be,” he said. “I had 17 leads to get to 1,000, but the real goal was to win the game.”

Either way, it’s okay.

Starwood reached 1,000 points and did so in style to beat city rival Panthers 61-31.

The 6-foot-10 standout stole the ball near midcourt late in the third quarter and drove unchallenged to the basket for his fourth dunk of the night, giving him a game-high 17 points.

“That was a windmill dunk — I just knocked it down,” Starwood said, reenacting the long arc of his arm ending at the basket as he soared through the air. “I’m actually working hard on it.

“We had a dunk contest at the beginning of this year and I did that dunk thing.”

This time it came with 2:03 left in the third quarter and sent the student body into a frenzy.

Oswego East’s Drey Wisdom (12) drives while Oswego’s Michael Delgado defends during the Southwest Prairie West game on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024, in Oswego. (Jon Cunningham/The Beacon-News)

Oswego East coach in a minute or so Ryan Velasquez The Wolves captured their sixth straight conference title in their seventh season, drawing their first five (20-10, 12-4).

“That’s exactly what we do here,” said Starwood, who played his first two seasons at Yorkville Christian before transferring. “We won.”

Meanwhile, terrence smith He scored 11 points for West Aurora in a 34-27 win over Minooka, reaching 1,000 points and securing a share of the championship for the Blackhawks (20-10, 12-4).

“We’re pretty mature as a group of high school students, most of the seniors are 18 years old,” Starwood said of his team. “We are almost grown men. We left some things behind. This is just a game. This is what happens if we lose, this is what happens if we win. It’s always on to the next game.

“(Yorkville) played its best game. We showed our worst performance. We came here and played one of our best games, but Oswego didn’t do that. That’s it.”

Oswego's Mariano Velasco (4) drives while defending Oswego East's Andrew Pohlman (21) during a game in Oswego on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024.(Jon Cunningham for The Beacon-News)
Oswego’s Mariano Velasco (4) guards Oswego East’s Andrew Pohlman (21) during the Southwest Prairie West game on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024, in Oswego. (Jon Cunningham/The Beacon-News)

senior forward Noah Mason Scored 12 points and sophomore guard Mason Lockett He added 11 points for Oswego East. Mason was impressive with two steals, two deflections and two blocks, as well as nine rebounds at the end of the game.

senior guard Nolan Petry and sophomore guard Mariano Velasco each had seven points against Oswego (4-24, 2-14).

‘Remarkable program,’ Oswego coach says Chad Pohlman aforementioned. “And they rule over everyone.

“We need to make a shot. You can’t continue a game where you can’t make open shots or get rebounds. It’s been a frustrating season due to injuries and transfers.”

Oswego East's Jehvion Starwood dunks during a game on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024, in Oswego.(Jon Cunningham for The Beacon-News)
Oswego East’s Jehvion Starwood dunks against Oswego during the Southwest Prairie West game on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024, in Oswego. (Jon Cunningham/The Beacon-News)

At first, Velasquez wasn’t sure Starwood had achieved its goal. Starwood joined jay harris, Sam Schultz And RayJ Dennis in the program’s 1,000-point club.

“I don’t think about that when I’m coaching,” Velasquez said. “I had one of my assistants check it and I was relieved when she said, ‘He got it.’ I really didn’t want to put it back there.

“I’m happy for Jehvion, he lost by 37 points to Brother Rice in our Christmas tournament. He can score goals.”

The fifth-seeded Wolves will host a regional meet in the Class 4A East Aurora Regional on Wednesday, opening with 12th-seeded Naperville North. A possible championship match against fourth-seeded Benet on Friday is on the horizon.

However, first things first.

“I think 20 wins is something special,” Velasquez said. “It’s extremely difficult to win, but I think these guys learned from our mistakes throughout the year.”


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