OSWEGO, NY – Overtime basketball games, nail-biting hockey battles, solid bowling and determined efforts highlighted recent Oswego High sports action.
Buc Cagers Win Tenth
Fans had a thrill watching the Oswego-Auburn boys’ varsity basketball game as the Bucs fought back from a nine-point fourth quarter deficit to win 75-68 in overtime.
Oswego chalked up its tenth win of the season and moved to 6-2 in league action.
Race horse style basketball, marked by sensational plays, but also marred by numerous turnovers, provided a rollercoaster of emotions for players and fans.
With just over three minutes remaining in regular the Bucs were down 58-49, but Oswego chipped away and the game was tied on a Dylan Lavner bucket with two minutes to go. Auburn went up again with 49 seconds to go, but Dustin Sands knotted it up with 35 seconds remaining.
Auburn went for the final shot and put the ball in the hands of point guard Mike Granato. He failed to get inside and his long-range shot fell short to send it into overtime.
Overtime was all Oswego as Mike Thompson hit a deep three from the corner and then Sands went inside for two. Down the stretch Ryan Patrick along with Lavner made the difference for the victory.
A balanced scoring attack saw Patrick finish with 18, Thompson 13, Sands 12, Ryan Lavner 10, Dylan Lavner eight, Josh Gillard eighth and Kevin Carpentier six points.
Bowlers Pick Up Two More
The Oswego boys’ bowling team continues to be consistent picking up two of three possible points against Baldwinsville.
Oswego lost the first game 1,158-982 and then won 1,060-937 and 1,148-1,096.
Five bowlers rolled the entire three-game set for the Bucs and leading the way was Matt Clemons with a 687 and games of 206-257-224. Cameron Byrne posted a 648 (245-188-215), Gavin Gilbert 643 (172-192-279), Zach Delbrocco 613 (208-193-212) and Joe Clavelli 599 (151-230-218).
Also bowling for the Bucs were Dan Cliff 504 (141-181-182), Kevin Goodale 503 (159-178-166), Jim Rose 499 (163-182-154) and Ethan Simmons 476 (166-175-135).
Oswego moved to 26-7 on the season.
Meanwhile the Lady Bucs lost 914-762, 958-726 and 848-564.
Christie Hoefer had a 482 (175-162-145) and was followed by Rachel Nye 461 (173-140-148), Ashlee Lytle 441 (136-158-147), Caitlin Clemons 411 (123-151-137), and Sierra Adams 367 (155-115-97).
Other series included Tori Gardner 381 (147-111-123), Abbey Henderson 352 (109-125-118), Meghan Flack 319 (113-78-128), Caroline Reynolds 299 (100-90-109) and Victoria Soper 291 (109-96-86).
Buc Icers Split
Following a 3-2 loss to Skaneateles on Thursday night in league play the Oswego varsity boys’ hockey team fell into a tie for first place in Division II.
The Bucs started out the week with a non-league game against visiting Baldwinsville. The teams fought to a 1-1 first period deadlock, but in the second the Bucs managed a 2-1 edge for a 3-2 lead. However, the only other goal in the game came in the third as the Bucs doubled up the Bees 4-2.
Josh Sova had a hat trick to lead the Bucs while Trent Yule scored one. Assists went to Cody Mariano (2), John Phillips (1), Dan Maniccia (1) and John Kaplewicz (1).
In net Josh Cooley had 10 saves while the B’ville goalie Chris Jones stopped 25 Buc shots.
The showdown of the top two teams in the league saw the Bucs fall behind on a quick goal just over two minutes into the game and it was 1-0 after one period.
In the second Skaneateles struck again with a quick goal, but the Bucs finally got the equalizer as Josh Sova, on an assist from Dan Maniccia, put a shot to the upper left hand corner. The Bucs fought for the tying goals and applied tremendous pressure. However, with 41 seconds remaining in the period Brendan Major got behind the Oswego defense, was fed a perfect pass and broke in alone on goalie Chase Izyk. Major cashed in on the opportunity for a 3-1 advantage after two.
In the third the Bucs applied the pressure over and over again and midway through got a Sova goal with Phillips and Mariano assisting.
As the game wound down Laker goalie Trevor Diamond stood like a stone wall as outstanding chances were stopped at the goal mouth.
The slow start hampered Oswego’s effort as the Bucs managed just one shot in the first period while Skaneateles had seven in the first 15 minutes. Izyk had several outstanding saves to keep the game close. Through the final two periods Oswego outshot the visitors 26-15.
Lady Bucs Lose on Court
The Oswego High School girls’ varsity basketball team got behind early and could never make up the deficit in a 53-38 loss to Fayetteville-Manlius.
The Bucs got behind 16-2 after eight minutes and 30-8 by halftime. In the second half Oswego outscored the home team, but could not overcome the 22 point halftime score.
Emily Barlow and Courtney Louis each had eight points while Erica Atkins and Taylor Giglio had four each. Margo Dillon and Abby Haessig each had three while scoring two points each were Reilly Patrick, Marisa Dashner, Maddy Muckey and Bella Winklestine.
Bucs Pick Up Four Mat Wins
Oswego lost 51-16 in wrestling action against Mexico, but the Bucs were able to pick up four individual victories.
At 126 Jordan Perchway scored a major 14-0 decision over Cody Woolson while as 132 Matt DiFabio pinned Tom Cox in 4:33. Meanwhile, Mike Ruggio scored a major decision by an 8-0 count over Jacob Woolson at 182 while at 285 Eric Doviak decisioned Tyler Piepoli 6-0.
Meanwhile, at 106 Austin Coleman lost 6-4 to Mexico’s Mitchell Shambo.
All the remaining points for the Tigers came via forfeit.
Overtime for Lady Buc Jayvees
The Oswego girls’ jayvee basketball team went overtime and defeated Fayetteville-Manlius 43-41.
The Bucs came out strong scoring 15 points to FM’s three points in the first quarter. The whole team took it strong to the basket with many aggressive layups.
Oswego also pressured the ball causing FM to make many errors. FM did not give up. They made a run cutting the lead to five. Going into the half Oswego was up 22-17.
Coming out in the second half Oswego only scored four points in the third quarter to Fayetteville’s 14. The Hornets took over the lead with the score of 31-26.
Oswego did not give up. They fought back. In the fourth quarter Oswego cut the lead to three.
Rachael Purtell hit a three to tie the game with two minutes to go. Oswego came down and played great defense. They got the ball back and headed down the court. Oswego set up an offense against FM’s 3-2 zone. Katie Knopp took control and hit a base line jumper to put Oswego up two. With 30 seconds to go FM called a time out. Oswego came out of the time out and dropped into their half court defense. They played good defense causing FM to miss their shot. But FM got the rebound and put in a lay-up as the buzzer went off tying the score 37-37.
Oswego stayed calm and talked about what they were going to do when going into overtime.
They continued to pressure and play smart defense. Oswego missed a jump shot in over time, but Brenna Riley stepped up big and had a strong offensive rebound put back. FM came down and hit a quick two tying up the score once again 39-39.
Oswego came down missed a shot and FM was in possession of the ball. Rachael Purtell stole the ball for a fast break layup and scored the basket. But FM didn’t give up they came down and got fouled. They made both free throws, tying the score.
With under a minute to go Oswego called a time out. Both teams were in the double bonus. Oswego was told to go strong to the basket. Olivia Dowdle took it hard to the basket and got fouled. She hit her first free throw and then the other team called a time out to try to ice her. It didn’t matter. She stepped up to the line and knocked down a key free throw putting Oswego up 2 with 30 seconds to go. FM came down and could not get a shot off and Oswego deflected the ball out of bounds with 2.8 seconds left. Oswego played tenacious defense and did not allow FM to score, winning the game 43-41.
Coach Burridge said, “This is the best that I have ever seen this team play together. They played as a team. From the players on the court to the players on the bench, everyone was into the game. It’s nice to see wins when it’s a complete team effort!”
Leading scorers for the Bucs were Rachael Purtell and Katie Knopp with 13. Brenna Riley had 6 points and an impressive 10 rebounds.
Boys’ Jayvee Five Wins
Oswego scored a 56-42 win over Auburn as Josh Lazzaro scored 21 and Mitt Giudilli hit for 13 to pace the Bucs.
Oswego Modified Wrestling Results
The Oswego Buccaneers took to the mats at Phoenix High School, to compete in their first wrestling action this season.
Everyone on the team wrestled well and gave a great effort. Cirilo Valentin, Nick Barnum and James Darling wrestled their way to an undefeated record. Other highlights for the Oswego Bucs came from Monty Olcott, Cirilo Valentin, James Darling, Nick Barnum and Zach Tepferhart who pinned their opponents in under a minute.