OSWEGO, NY – Both Oswego High School boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams have qualified for post season tournament action.
Oswego 52, Central Square 46
It actually came down to the closing seconds of the Oswego High School Lady Bucs basketball season until the squad had guaranteed itself of a post season Section III Tournament berth.
Oswego and Central Square had a regular season “playoff” game at Powers Gym on Tuesday night as the winner would automically advance to the sectionals while the winner was finished for the year.
The Bucs gained a 52-46 victory, but it didn’t come easily.
In the early going the local team jumped to a 16-0 lead and appeared to be on cruise control and by the end of the first eight minutes Oswego held a commanding 19-5 lead.
By halftime the advantage continued to lean toward the Bucs with a 29-12 advantage.
With eight minutes to go in regulation the Red Hawks had closed to 39-26.
Central Square went on a final quarter last gasp effort and trimmed the deficit to just three points with under two minutes remaining. Oswego was able to connect at the end to eventually win by six points.
The victory sent the Bucs to post season play and on Friday they will travel to Utica Proctor for a 6 p.m. first round contest.
It was senior night for Madelyn Muckey, Bella Winklestine, Siara Wilson and Erica Atkins and all had a solid regular home season finale for the 7-10 Lady Bucs.
McKenna Brooks and Adkins finished with 13 points apiece while Marguerite Dillon, Reilly Patrick and Winklestine had six each. Katie Knopp had three points as did Muckey and Siara Wilson two.
Buc Boys’ Basketball
Oswego 53, Central Square 46
Oswego varsity boys qualified for Section III Class AA Tournament action with a 53-46 win over Central Square.
The Bucs will be hosting Liverpool at 7 p.m. this Friday night at Powers Gym in a first round game.
The game against Square was tied 10-10 after one, but by halftime Oswego had moved to a 22-17 advantage.
An offensive third quarter put the Bucs up 43-33, but with 4:24 left the home team trailed just 43-40.
Four Bucs scored in double figures with Tyree Varner hitting for 14, Ryan Lavner and Zach Gillard 11 each and Matt Giudilli 10. Josh Lazzaro added four and Garrett Skinner three for Oswego.