OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego High School boys’ varsity basketball team gained a non-league win while the boys’ hockey team lost at the start of the holiday break.
Varsity Cagers Win
The Oswego varsity boy’s basketball team defeated visiting Watertown on Dec. 23 by the final score of 72 – 52 in a non-league game.
The Bucs jumped put to a quick 18 – 10 lead after 1 quarter and were in control of the game the rest of the way.
The lead jumped to 14 points (38 – 24) at half, and reached the final margin with a strong 16 – 10 advantage in the 4th quarter.
Oswego used a very aggressive full-court press and patient offense to its advantage.
Watertown was unable to handle the pressure defense and turned the ball over numerous times.
The Bucs were able to take advantage and convert those mistakes into points at their offensive end of the floor.
On offense, Oswego used a balanced attack, demonstrating outstanding team play and unselfishness throughout the game.
Leading the Buc attack was junior co-captain Ryan Patrick with 18 points. He was followed by Dustin Sands with 15, Josh Gillard 13, Jake Metcalf 12, Mike Thompson 6, Connor Riley 4 and Tim Edgar and Josh McRae with 2 each.
The next game for the Bucs is at home against Liverpool on Jan. 4.
Hockey Team Falls
Cody Mariano rifled a shot over the shoulder of Skaneateles goalie Trevor Diamond to stake the Oswego varsity boys’ hockey team to a 1-0 first period lead at the Campus Center.
The Bucs skated into the locker room with a 1-0 lead, but the visitors stormed back with a goal early in the second to knot it up.
Midway through the period Skaneateles made the most of a shorthanded situation and went up 2-0.
Another second period tally put the Lakers up 3-1.
In the second Michael Jones, Jon Rogalia and Tyler Stanton scored for Skaneateles.
Mariano’s goal was assisted by Fred Donabella as the Bucs fell to 3-4 on the year in losing to the state ranked visitors.
Goalie Chase Izyk had 25 saves for the Bucs and Diamond stopped 31 Buc shots.