Buc Cagers Hang On To Defeat Corcoran

OSWEGO, NY – The Buc varsity held on for a court win over Corcoran while three wrestlers came home with titles and the swimming team showed a solid balanced effort in a victory over Baldwinsville. Meanwhile, the Lady Buc five fell to the Cougars.

Cagers Strong at Foul Line

Zach Gillard (20) drives the hoop for one of his six field goals.
Zach Gillard (20) drives the hoop for one of his six field goals.

What looked like an easy game suddenly turned dramatic on Friday night at Powers Gym in Oswego as the Buc varsity basketball team eked out a 61-57 win over Corcoran.

The Bucs stormed out of the gate and pulled to a 10-0 lead and built the advantage to 15-4 during the first quarter. However, the Cougars hung around and trailed 17-9 after eight minutes.

Oswego continued to carry the play in the second quarter as the Bucs posted another 16 points on the board for what appeared to be a comfortable 33-18 halftime lead.

Things suddenly turned around in the third quarter as Corcoran post 27 points in an offensive explosion. The Bucs were hampered by foul trouble and the Cougars scratched back.

The teams entered the final quarter with the Bucs ahead 48-45 and throughout the fourth quarter the Cougars were within striking distance. The game was tight throughout the last eight minutes, but in the end the Bucs won it at the foul line.

When final stats were tabulated it was a balanced Oswego offensive effort with Josh Gillard with 13 and Zach Gillard, Ryan Laver and Dustin Sands each scored 12 each. Dylan Lavner added seven, Trevor Martin four and Nate Miller two.

Dylan Lavner (23) works the ball up the floor
Dylan Lavner (23) works the ball up the floor

At the line Ryan Lavner had a dozen free throws to account for all of his points while Josh Gillard had nine charity tosses and Sands added six as the Bucs put home 30 points from the foul line and Corcoran had 11 successful free throws.

Corcoran finished with eight three-pointers while the Bucs did not hit one long-range shot.

The Bucs moved to 6-2 on the season.

Three Mat Champs

Three Oswego High School wrestlers captured titles at the Cazenovia Invitational this past weekend.

Austin Coleman, Michael Shepard and Nicholas Barnum captured their weight classes while Jacob Rodriguez finished second.

At 103 Coleman started out with a pin of Jeremy Pond of Baldwinsville in 3:45 and followed up with a win over Drew Dyer of CNS by a 6-4 count before winning a tiebreak over Andrew Taber of Port Byron.

Shepard pinned Ryan Parker of Homer at 152 in 2:30, scored a major 13-3 verdict over Sean Duffy of Baldwinsville and pinned Gavin Kirby of Port Byron in 2:59.

Meanwhile Barnum, at 182, decisioned Drew Flack of Chittenango 8-1, pinned Zac Caruso of Oswego in 2:55 and decisioned Diego Holland of Chittenango 5-1.

Rodriguez, at 220, won 5-1 over Dave Kiernan of Homer 5-1, scored a sudden victory over Matt Staiger of Cazenovia and lost to Maurice Russell of Syracuse in a pin at the 3:01 mark.

Fourth place was picked up by Caruso as he lost to Holland in 43 seconds, was pinned by Barnum and lost to Drew Flask of Chittenango via a pin in 3:43.  Zach Tepfenhart also finished in fourth with a loss to Kenray Thomas 8-2 and to Evan O’Harn of West Genesee 7-4.

Jordan Perchway finished in fifth at 132. Joe Hennessey of Adirondack pinned Perchway in 5:01, but the Buc came back with an 8-3 decision over Justin Bonney of Sandy Creek and gained a tiebreaker win over Austin Crandall of Oxford. Kyle Mapley of Cato-Meridian decisioned the Buc 8-3 and then Perchway won by forfeit over Will Young of Chittenango.

Zachery Tepfenhart finished in fourth with losses to Kenray Thomas of Syracuse 8-2 and Evan O’Harn of West Genesee 7-4.

Eric Doviak, at 285, finished in fifth. He scored a 1:04 pin of Shaun McGrath of Homer, lost to Brad Lucas of Cazenovia 2-0, lost to Brad Cheesbro of Port Byron in a tiebreaker and then decisioned Zak Akey of Sandy Creek 5-2.

Destin Clark, at 126, was sixth as he won via a pin over Kyle Spratt of Cato-Meridian in 3:59, lost to Cormac Green of Port Byron via a technical fall in 5:00 by a 15-0 score, lost to Wyatt Blanding of Chittenango in 2:57 and fell 13-11 to Odae Badwan of West Genesee in a sudden victory.

Not placing was Avery Sanders

Swimmers Gain a Victory

The Oswego Buccaneers headed to Baldwinsville on Friday night for what would be a great meet with the Bees.

Oswego’s front line would prove too much for the Bees with the Bucs posting the top time in nine of the 11 events enroute to a 49-44 win.

Seniors Jeremy Galvin and Jimmy Dillon, juniors Alex Kemper and Leo Gorton, sophomores Dylan Harrington and Ben McCrobie, and freshman Evan James did their parts to help the Bucs put up the top time in all three of the relays.

Harrington was a double winner, placing first in the I.M. (2:16.59) and he breaststroke (1:08.73).  Gorton was also a double winner, placing first in the 50 free (23.81) and the fly (59.79).  Dillon was the third Buccaneer to accomplish the feat by winning both the 200 free (1:59.67) and the 100 free (55.54).

There were a number of other highlights, one being McCrobie’s 500 freestyle comeback to place second with his lifetime best of 5:43.52 not long after posting his lifetime best in the 200 free (2:07.05).  Both swims have earned him a place on the Buccaneers’ Sectional roster.

Evan James posted his lifetime best as well in the 500 free (5:50.95), coming back from fourth to place third in the event.  James also had a lifetime best earlier in the meet in the 50 free (27.98).  Freshman Tyler Youngman dropped four seconds in his outstanding 3rd place finish in the 100 fly (1:18.33).

Coach Josh Lerch said, “This meet was a good one for both teams.  We have been training hard and it has been showing.  I am looking forward to seeing even more progress from this team in our upcoming home meet with West Genny on Wednesday.”

Lady Buc Five Falls

The Oswego Lady Bucs lost to Corcoran 47-35.

The Lady Bucs played very good defense in the first half holding Corcoran to just 16 points while scoring 15 at the half.

Nicole McCarthy came off the bench to ignite the Bucs offense with nine first half points. McKenna Brooks hit a couple baskets and Brenna Riley scored for the Bucs.

Coach Mike Palmitesso said, “The girls have played outstanding defense all year long which has kept us in every game. At halftime we talked about getting the ball inside instead of settling for outside shots which have not been falling.”

The Corcoran Cougars decided to pressure the Oswego team in the second half and the Bucs did not handle it well.

Palmitesso said, “We turned the ball four or five times in a row and Corcoran turned them into layups and a nine point lead four minutes into the third quarter. We called time out twice to calm the girls down and try to get the ball inside to our forwards.”

McKenna scored two buckets, Marguerite Dillon, Erica Atkins, and Brenna Riley scored baskets in the third period to keep the game within reach. The score after the third was 34-25 in favor of the Cougars.

Coach Palmitesso decided to go full court man to man and pressure the cougars to try to get back in the game. The Corcoran girls were just too strong and drove to the basket and finished their plays.

Jasmine Davis scored 17 of her 23 points in the second half to lead her team to victory.

McKenna Brooks led the Bucs with 11 points, Nicole McCarthy 9, Brenna Riley 6, Erica Atkins 4, Rachael Purtell 3, and Marguerite Dillon 2

Oswego plays at home on Tuesday against Nottingham.