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Isaiah Oswald, Sr., G, Platteville boys basketball.
PLATTEVILLE — A week ago, Platteville junior Isaiah Oswald shared Mast Water Technology SWNews4U.com Athlete of the Week honors after making seven 3-pointers, including the eventual game-winner, and scoring a career-high 27 points in a 61–60 victory over Edgerton on Nov. 26. This week the honor is all his.
Oswald poured in a new career-high 41 points and played 58 of a possible 60 minutes to lead the Hillmen to a wild 105–91 six-overtime victory over visiting Wisconsin Heights Tuesday night. That’s right six overtimes! Oswald, who finished regulation with just five points, opened the sixth OT with a 3-pointer and a 15-foot jumper, then added eight free throws to close out the wild, head-scratching victory as the Hillmen (2–1) outscored the Vanguards 16–2 in the final four-minute overtime period. He made 21 of 24 free throw attempts in the game also grabbed 10 rebounds and passed out six assists.
“Isaiah played 58 of the possible 60 minutes,” said Huser. “It was just crazy. As all the guys around him, guys on both teams, fouled out or got too tired, he just kept on going. Isaiah was really big to say the least in the overtimes, and really took steps forward on both ends of the floor with other guys fouling out. Our depth was tested and guys that maybe had not played a lot of minutes in the first two games played in some really high-pressure situations and performed their roles really well. This would be the epitome of a team win.”
The marathon game began at 7:15 p.m. and ended three hours later at 10:15 p.m. The two teams combined to make 24 3-pointers, shot a staggering 80 combined free throws (making 52) and committed 64 total fouls. Ten players fouled out in the game, five from each team, including one reserve on each team. Oswald was one of just two starters starters left standing for either team. Heights’ Camden Brown was the other. He finished with a team-high 21 points in defeat.
Oswald and the Hillmen will open Southwest Wisconsin Conference play Friday night at Platteville at 7:30 p.m.
HONORABLE MENTION (in alphabetical order):
Wyatt Bastian, Sr., G, Benton boys basketball
Bastian sank four 3-pointers and scored a career-high 29 points to help the host Benton Zephyrs defeat the Scales Mound Hornets 71–66 in a non-conference games last Friday night.
Bailey Butler, Jr., Black Hawk girls basketball
Butler hit four 3-pointers and scored a game-high 20 points to lead the undefeated Warriors (4–0, ranked 1st in Division 5) to a 42–39 victory at Platteville (ranked 4th in Division 3) Monday night. Butler also scored a game-high 23 points, five rebounds and five assists to lead Black Hawk to a 68–44 victory at Cuba City last Tuesday night. She then posted 18 points, seven steals, six assists and five blocks in a 70–12 Six Rivers East win over Pecatonica last Thursday.
Izzy Carroll, Jr. , F, Platteville girls basketball
Carroll scored all 16 of her points in the second half, including seven straight for her team down the stretch, to lead the fourth-ranked (Division 3) Hillmen (3–1, 1–0 SWC) to a 52–44 victory at Lancaster last Friday night in the Southwest Wisconsin Conference opener for both teams. She also grabbed 11 rebounds in the victory. Carroll also had five points, seven rebounds and three assists in Platteville’s 42–39 loss to Black Hawk, the top ranked team in Division 5, Monday night.
Reid Larson, Sr., G, and Adam Larson, So., F, Fennimore boys basketball
The Fennimore Larson brothers took turns scoring career highs to lead the undefeated Golden Eagles (5–0) to a pair of non-conference victories. Reid, a senior guard, made 13 of 19 field goal attempts and finished with a career-high 35 points, eight steals and seven rebounds in a 79–42 victory over visiting River Ridge last Thursday night. Tuesday night the younger Larson made four 3-pointers and 13 of 15 free throw attempts to finish with a career-high 31 points in Fennimore’s 76–46 SWAL victory at Iowa–Grant Tuesday night.
Brady Olson, Jr., G/F, Cuba City boys basketball
Olson posted a triple–double of 17 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists and made five steals in Cuba City’s season-opening 78–53 victory over visiting Pecatonica last Tuesday night. He then scored a game-high 18 points, on 6 of 9 shooting, and had eight assists, seven rebounds and five steals in a 101–28 SWAL victory at Riverdale this past Tuesday.
Kolbe Ubersox, Sr., Darlington/Black Hawk wrestling
Uberson claimed his third career Black Hawk Invitational title registering four first-period falls on his way to capturing the 145-pound championship the 32nd annual Black Hawk Invitational last Saturday. Ubersox’s four-pin day helped the WarBirds finish third at the 12-te