By Kyle T. Higley, intern
The Fulton Saving Bank 2009 tip off tournament continued Saturday as the Oswego Buccaneers defeated Baldwinsville Bees 64-59. In what turned out to be a game of two halves, Oswego was able to claw it way back from an eight point halftime deficit.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We were very flat in the first half we just werenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t running our sets or doing anything right. I liked the way the guys came out with a lot more intensity in the second half,Ã¢â‚¬Â said head varsity basketball coach Warren Shaw.
The Buccaneers were led in the scoring column by Mac Porter who had 17 points, and Joe Brown Jr. who was a force down low for the undersized Bucs with 13 points. Baldwinsville received strong scoring efforts from Chris Whalen who had a game high 19 points, and Kevin Roy who poured in 18.
The game began with the Bees swarming on defense as they would start out in a 1-3-1 trap zone and then fall back into a 2-3, and even played some man to man. As a result, Oswego was unable to find any rhythm offensively throughout the first quarter. Oswego was able to mange only five points of offense in the first quarter, and as a result trailed 14-5 as the second quarter began.
To make things worse Baldwinsville Chris Thayer started off the second quarter with a hot hand reeling off seven points in the first two minutes, and would finish the game with 11. Trailing 28-15 with two and half minutes left in the half Oswego decided to make a defense change. Oswego went to a full court press and would start to change the momentum, as they went into the half trailing 32 to 24.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think our intensity and our press rattled them a little. We arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t very big but we have a lot of speed,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Shaw.
As the second half began the pressure of OswegoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s full court press began to mount, and they would take their first lead on a Mac porter 3-pointer with 2:10 left in the 3rd quarter. Also, giving Oswego a huge lift was the play of Damian Williams who along with his defense added an unexpected 12 points offensively.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“He brings a lot of quickness to the floor and I think that helps everybody out. We donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t look to him for too much scoring, mostly defense, but he helped out tonight with 12 points,Ã¢â‚¬Â Said Shaw when talking about Williams.
Oswego kept the pressure coming and started the 4th quarter with a 11-0 run that put the game away. By pulling out a 64-59 win after trailing by 13 points Oswego can take a lot of positives from a game like Saturdays. However, Shaw still sees some thing they need to work on as this season progresses.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We definitely need to work on our defense we gave up a lot more points than I expected. We also need to work on our foul shooting we were 22 of 46 tonight,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Shaw.
With this win Oswego will now play in the Fulton Savings Bank tournament championship on Monday at 6:45 p.m. at Baldwinsville high school.