OSWEGO, NY – A stunning upset by the boys’ basketball team and a bowling sweep highlighted the Oswego sports schedule on Tuesday while the girls’ basketball team gave it a battle before falling.
Buc Five Scores Big Win
Oswego and West Genesee boys’ basketball teams were quite a distance apart in league standings. But, it didn’t matter to the Bucs on Tuesday night as they traveled to the Wildcat den.
The Bucs entered the game 3-8 overall while West Genny was coming off its first loss of the season and sported an 11-1 record.
However, this game turned out to provide one of the upsets of the year in Central New York scholastics basketball ranks as the Bucs surprised the home team with a 54-51 victory.
Oswego has been working diligently to get better in each and every outing. The team play has been a model for the Bucs and despite eight losses there have been many games that could have been turned around with some successful free throws or cashing in layups.
Coach Brian Haessig, in his first year as varsity coach, was very proud of the effort his team displayed in the hostile environment at West Genesee.
The Bucs started out very strong behind the fine play of senior captain Jake Metcalf who scored the first seven points for Oswego, as the Bucs led 17 – 9 after one quarter.
The Wildcats played a strong second quarter and cut the Oswego lead to two points at the half.
After an even third quarter, Oswego still held on to a one-point lead after three.
The teams traded runs and leads throughout the decisive fourth quarter, with the Bucs proving they were up to the challenge and coming back for the big win.
Strong free throw shooting down the stretch, (7 for 10 as a team in the fourth) proved to be the difference.
Throughout the game, Oswego’s strong team defense and tremendous hustle kept the Wildcats off balance, resulting in several West Genesee turnovers that the Bucs were able to convert into points. The strong inside play of Metcalf, Mike Thompson, Connor Riley and Josh McRae helped Oswego more than hold their own in the rebounding department.
Metcalf led the scoring with 21, followed by Josh Gillard with 12, Thompson 9, and Ryan Patrick and Riley with 6 each.
“This is a great win for the Oswego basketball program, as these young men have worked extremely hard all season. It’s nice to see the positive results of their commitment and effort,” the coach said.
Oswego Bowlers Sweep
A pair of 700 series was achieved by Oswego High School bowlers in the 3-0 win over Central Square.
Matt Clemons had a series of 734 and Cameron Byrne a 716.
Oswego won the first game 1,041-921, the second 1,199-1,015 and the third 1,104-1,061.
Completing the scoring for the Bucs were Dan Cliff 667, Gavin Gilbert 617 and Zack DelBrocco 610.
In girls’ action the team had its best outing of the year with a three game sweep over the Redhawks.
Oswego won 787-739, 729-627 and 720-709.
Paige Blum bowled a 560, Ashlee Lytle 515, Christie Hoefer 429 and Allison Martin 362 while Brittney Noyes had two games for a 273 total and Courtney Bartlett had one game of 97 to complete the scoring for the Lady Bucs.
Lady Buc Five Falls
Oswego hosted West Genesee with the Wildcats breaking open the game after halftime for a 35-29 victory.
At the intermission the Bucs held a 12-7 lead, but the visitors scored 15 in the third and 13 in the final eighth minutes while the Bucs mustered just 17 second half points.
The lone double figure scorer for Oswego was Taylor Giglio with 14 while Becca Martin added eight. Emily Barlow had three points while Courtney Louis and Erica Atkins each had two points.