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Sports

Kendall County MVA Athlete of the Week: Jack Kahoun, Oswego junior, basketball

Jack Kahoun
Jack Kahoun

WHY HE WAS SELECTED:

Oswego junior Jack Kahoun tipped in a miss in the final seconds for the game-winning shot in the Panthers' 61-59 win over Quincy. It is the second straight year that Kahoun, who scored 17 points, hit the game-winning shot in the final seconds to beat Quincy.

Kahoun talked to sports editor Joshua Welge about his late-game heroics, and Oswego's fast start to the season. Here is an edited version of the transcript:

Welge: What happened on the final play?

Kahoun: About a minute left, they came down and shot a jumper to tie it. We stalled the clock all the way down, we called a play, it was a broken play, we spread the floor and Dylan [Engler] drove it and took it to the hoop. I saw his shot was either going to be long or he was going to be fouled, I put up my left hand and tipped it in, looked at the scoreboard and saw 1.3 seconds left. By the time they got the ball in, the game was over.

Welge: Were you thinking at all about last year's shot?

Kahoun: Really at the start of the game I thought about it. I saw two of their returning players, I know them and they know me. That's when it hit me.

Welge: You've had two game-winners this year, you also hit a shot to beat Neuqua Valley. What's that feel like?

Kahoun: It's the greatest feeling in the world, to be honest, to put the team on your back and end a game for a team.

Welge: That Neuqua game was a big one, you scored 35 points. What was going on that game?

Kahoun: It was on my dad's birthday, it was emotional after the game. I jammed my finger during that game; the rest of the game I played with my hand wrapped, which made it tougher. But when the adrenaline is going, you don't feel it.

Welge: Your team is off to a great start at 4-1, after a tough season last year. When did you guys turn the corner?

Kahoun: I feel like it was at the start of the summer. We started hanging out more last year, and it showed at the start of the summer. Our biggest struggle last year was we were not finishing games. We have been doing CrossFit, we are stronger physically and mentally to finish out games in the fourth quarter.

Welge: How have you developed your game?

Kahoun: Definitely my strength, and driving to the hoop more. Last year, my game was more at the 3-point arc. This year I've expanded my game, I'm almost leading the team in rebounds. It was one of my goals to do something more than offense. My defense, the strength part, getting my vertical increased, were the biggest things.

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