OSWEGO, NY – It turned out to be a memorable senior night for the Oswego varsity boys’ basketball team while the Lady Bucs basketball squad preps for post season play and one Buc wrestler came home third in championship mat action.
Rally Brings Victory to Bucs
Oswego High School varsity boys’ senior night started off with photos, smiles and celebration.
However, the Cicero-North Syracuse NorthStars appeared ready to ruin the final regular season home experience for not only the seniors, but the underclassmen, families and students, when they jumped out to a 14-2 lead midway through the first quarter.
When the night ended the Bucs walked off with a hard fought 64-53 victory to chalk up their ninth win of the year.
Oswego came alive, rebounds started going the Bucs way, shots started to go in and OHS became much more aggressive on defense.
By the end of the first quarter the 12-point deficit was trimmed down to six points with CNS leading 16-10.
Oswego went on a second quarter run behind the efforts of Josh Gillard and Dustin Sands and at halftime the Bucs were up 23-21.
The third quarter remained tight with the teams entering the final quarter with Oswego leading 43-39.
CNS kept the game close, but Oswego was able to build up a lead as the final minutes wore down.
At the end of the game Josh Gillard had scored 25 points while Dustin Sands added 19, Zach Gillard seven, Dylan Lavner six, Ryan Lavner four, Trevor Martin two and Nate Miller one for the 9-7 Bucs.
Lady Bucs Finish Regular Season
The regular season came to an end on Monday night for the Oswego Lady Bucs varsity basketball team.
The Lady Bucs headed for Cicero-North Syracuse, but the 14-3 NorthStars had the upper hand all night long en route to a 75-23 victory.
CNS exploded in the first quarter for a 20-3 lead and by intermission held a 39-6 advantage.
For the Bucs Erica Atkins had 11 points, Brenna Riley and McKenna Brooks four each, Katherine Knopp three and Rachael Purtell one point.
Oswego finished the regular season with a 9-9 record and heads to Section III post season play with the opponent to be determined later this week.
Doviak Third in Wrestling
Four Oswego High School wrestlers competed in the Section III Division One Tournament this past weekend.
Eric Doviak, at 285, finished third while 113 pounder Austin Coleman placed sixth.
Doviak started the tournament with an 8-3 win over Luke Earle, but lost his second match of the day to Trevor Gibbons of Carthage 5-1. The Buc came back with a 2-1 win in a tie breaker mach with Andre Anceto of Cicero-North Syracuse. The third place match was captured by Doviak with a 6-3 win over Earle.
Coleman began his day with a 6-4 win over D’Andre Norman of Rome Free, but lost the next match to Andrew McFarland of Carthage as the Buc was pinned in 1:59. He came back with another match up against Drew Dyer of CNS and lost 7-6 before closing the day with a loss when Norman pinned him in 2:50.
Jordan Perchway, at 132, lost to Brandan Hill of Fulton in 4:30 and then fell to Tim Holden of Fulton 9-3.
Jacob Rodriguez, at 220, lost his first match to Derek Owen 5-1 and then lost to Tyler Hudson of Whitesboro 5-3 to close out his tournament.
Jayvee Five Falls
The Oswego jayvee boys’ basketball team lost 76-33 to CNS as Derrick Johnson scored seven, Josh Lazzaro, Ben Annal and Derek Bivens had six each.