Oswego Lady Cagers, Hockey Chalk Up Key Wins

OSWEGO, NY – The Lady Buc cagers and boys’ varsity hockey team chalked up key late season victories on Tuesday night while the boys’ basketball team fought shot for shot before losing and the jayvee boys’ continue to perform well on the court.

Lady Buc Rally for Victory

Katie Abramski
Katie Abramski

Oswego Lady Bucs scored a 43-40 win over host Baldwinsville on Tuesday night.

Baldwinsville put tons of pressure on the Lady Bucs, alternating between full court pressure and some type of trapping half court pressure.

It allowed the Bees to jump out to a nine-point first quarter lead, creating numerous points off of turnovers and limiting Oswego’s scoring chances in the offensive end.

Julia Engels made good on both of her three-point attempts in the quarter, helping the host team to a 15-6 first quarter advantage.

The Lady Bucs upped their own defensive intensity in the second quarter, holding the Bees to just five points and would take a 21-20 lead into halftime.

Lindsay Johnson accounted for seven of the Bucs’ 15 points and Brooke Reifinger made a three-pointer to help the cause.

Unfortunately, more of the same from the beginning of the game caused the Lady Bucs offense to sputter again in the third quarter as they were outscored 10-6, finding them on the short side of a 30-27 score.

The Bucs found themselves down by six with just over three minutes to go. Katie Abramski made a pair of free throws to cut the lead to four, Michele Canale and Brooke Reifinger sandwiched a pair of three-pointers around a two-pointer by Baldwinsville to knot the score at 40-40.

Canale came up big on the next B’ville possession with a steal and drive to the basket for the layup and the two-point lead.

The Bees had two opportunities to tie the game or take the lead, but the Lady Bucs’ defense prevailed.

Lindsay Johnson iced the game in the final seconds with an offensive rebound and a foul shot for the final score.

Johnson and Abramski combined for 24 points with 14 and 10, respectively, while Michele Canale and Reifinger each scored one and Michaela Auer one.

Hockey Team Ices C-NS

David Morgia
David Morgia

Oswego varsity hockey moved to 5-4-2 in league play with a 5-3 win over Cicero-North Syracuse on Tuesday night.

Offensive hockey was the story of the night as the Bucs fired 38 shots at CNS keeper Zach Hall.

After a scoreless first period the Bucs and CNS exchanged goals in the second for a 3-3 deadlock.

However in the final 15 minutes Oswego was able to put two pucks into the net while the defense clamped down to hold the NorthStars scoreless.

David Morgia, Cody Mariano, Ryan Ramsey, Josh Sova and Rick Uribe scored for the Bucs while Trent Yule had two assists and also chalking up assists were Fred Donabella, Matt Lloyd and John Phillips.

Matt Howard had 17 saves for the Bucs who boosted the season mark to 8-6-2.

Buc Seniors Fall in Final Home Game

Fans witnessed an exciting game at Powers Gymnasium on Tuesday night as the Bucs boys’ varsity fell to Baldwinsville 60-56.

Corey Galletta
Corey Galletta

B’ville jumped out to a 10-point, 21-11, lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Bucs refused to fold. In the second each squad scored 15.

In the third Oswego began the march back and with an 18-point offensive effort while surrendering just eight third quarter points the Bucs tied it at 44-44.

In the final quarter the Bees managed to edge out the Bucs in the scoring column and walked out with their fourth win of the season while the Bucs fell to 3-11 overall.

Mac Porter finished with 19 points while Jake Metcalf had nine, Corey Galletta nine, Joe Brown nine, Dan Montagnola three, Anthony Samson three, Ryan Patrick and Troy Norton two each.

Galletta had three three-point shots while Porter had two and Metcalf, Samson and Montagnola had one each.

Jayvee Five Splits

The Oswego jayvee boys’ basketball team made a near miraculous comeback in a game at Utica, before finally falling by a final score of 60 – 50.

The Bucs started slowly, down 27-18 at the half, and saw the deficit grow to 50-31 after three quarters.

The Utica lead would grow to 22 points early in the fourth quarter.

Sparked by Nate Miller’s 11 fourth quarter points, the Bucs made a furious comeback against the Raiders.

Coach Brian Haessig said, “We cut the 22 point lead down to 4 with 3:30 to go in the game. Utica then hit a clutch three-pointer to stretch the lead back to seven, and we could get no closer the rest of the way. The team never gave up and made the best comeback of the year. Utica is a very tough place to play, I was very proud of the way our team fought back in this game.”

Nate Miller led the Bucs with 18 points and several steals, Justin Peterson added 12, Connor Riley nine, Josh Gillard eight, Mike Thompson two, and Steve Hill one point respectively.

Captain Mike Thompson again led the hustling Buc defense from his point guard position.

The jayvee boys’ team defeated visiting Baldwinsville by a 37-32 score.

This low-scoring affair started out slowly, with the Bees clinging to a 6 – 4 lead after 1 quarter. The Bucs managed to go into halftime with a five-point lead, 18- 13.

The Bees managed to gain a lead in the fourth quarter, but the Bucs fought back to gain the five-point margin.

Haessig said, “Our defense was the key to victory tonight. We were able to force several turnovers and limit them to one shot on many possessions. On a night when our shooting was off, we were able to gain a win with good tough defense that led to many easy transition layups.”

Leading a very balanced Oswego offense was Captain Mike Thompson with nine points, Connor Riley with eight, Captain Justin Peterson and Nate Miller with seven each, and Josh Gillard added six.

The Bucs now have a record of 8-6.

The next game is at Auburn on Friday, Feb. 5.