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Clawing back to victory
Oswego East boys' basketball team earns first win

by Kristin Sharp


After six straight losses, the pieces finally fell into place for the Oswego East boys' basketball team as they reached the win column last Friday in overtime.

The Wolves (1-6, 1-1 Southwest Prairie) clawed back in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 58 points at the end of regulation after trailing throughout the contest and hit two free throws in overtime to clinch a 60-59 victory over Romeoville.

"We played with a lot of intensity in the fourth quarter and overtime," Oswego East head coach Steve Szymanski said. "Unfortunately it took us three quarters, but that's been our problem. We haven't played a full game. We've been talking about playing hard and we haven't put it together for a full game. We were down by 12 at one point and we were able to come back."

The Wolves trailed 16-13 at the end of the first quarter and Romeoville maintained a five-point lead at intermission. Oswego East fell into an eight-point deficit entering the fourth quarter (50-42) before forcing overtime.

Senior Mike McAllister led the Wolves with 12 points, senior Devin Flowers had 11 points and freshman Trevor Ross chipped in with 10 points and eight rebounds. Senior Jeremy Mitchell also had five boards.

"They were definitely excited; it was a long time coming and the guys were definitely anxious to get that first win," Szymanski said. "Hopefully it gets the monkey off our back and we start playing a little bit looser and with a little bit more energy. Hopefully that carries over into the holidays."

Oswego East will now travel to Oswego for an 8 p.m. tipoff against the Panthers (3-3, 1-1 SPC) before embarking on their debut in the Romeoville Christmas Tournament.

"Obviously (Ryan) West is their main guy and he'll be one of our focal points at practice this week. They're a good team; a lot of people are saying they're down - and they lost a lot of guys, but they're still a good team," Szymanski said. "It doesn't matter what our records are going into the game. Oswego/Oswego East is always a pretty good game. It's whoever executes the most and played hard on defense is going to be successful. I think this year we'll be a little more evenly-matched than last year. Last year Oswego was the unstoppable team in conference."

Romeoville released its tournament bracket, with Oswego East facing No. 3 Argo to open play next Thursday, Dec. 26 at noon. The winner will advance into the championship bracket against the winner of No. 2 Urban Prep and Reavis at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 27, while the losing teams meet in consolation play on Dec. 27 at 9 a.m. Tournament play continues through Dec. 30.

"It seems like it was a good tournament and it's an opportunity for us to have some success," Szymanski said. "There are some good teams and some winnable games against some competition that we don't normally see."

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