The OPRF boys basketball team jumped back into West Suburban (Silver) Conference action on Friday night with a 73-66 win over Proviso West in Hillside.

The victory pushed the Huskies’ conference mark to a perfect 3-0, setting up a showdown against defending conference champ Lyons Township this Friday in Oak Park (7:30 p.m.). The Lions (12-2 overall), who last season had a 23-game win-streak snapped by the Huskies, are also 3-0 in conference right now.

The Huskies erased the disappointing memory of going 0-2 at the Pontiac Holiday Tournament with some sharp-shooting against Proviso West. The team shot 63 percent from the field and 60 percent from the free-throw line. Junior guard Ka’Darryl Bell scored a career-high 22 points, 10 of which came from 15 free throw attempts.

Josh Lang came off the bench to score 14 for the Huskies, while Gabe Levin finished with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. OPRF, which trailed 17-13 after the first period but knotted the score at 29-29 by halftime, received help from Steve Ramsey (7 points), Alex Nesnidal (6 points), Brian Miller (4 points, 5 rebounds) and sophomore Steven Waddell (4 points, 5 rebounds).

In order for a win over Lyons, the Huskies’ swarming defense will have to key-in on Illinois State-bound Nick Zeisloft. The senior forward helped lead the Lions to a second place finish in the 37th Annual Jack Tosh Holiday Classic last month. He scored 30 points in a win over Brother Rice in the semifinals and 18 in a 56-55 overtime loss to Downers Grove South in the title game.

“It’s always a great atmosphere when we play Oak Park,” said Zeisloft last week, the day after he made 5-of-7 three-pointers and scored 20 points to lead the Lions to an 81-55 victory over Waukegan. “They already beat Proviso West, who was picked to win our conference. I’m sure they’ll want to do the same to us, but we’re really excited to play them.”

Marty Farmer contributed to this report.

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Brad Spencer

Brad Spencer has been covering sports in and around Oak Park for more than a decade, which means the young athletes he once covered in high school are now out of college and at home living with their parents...