Boys Basketball: Argo stumbles vs. Oswego East
By Tim Tierney For Sun-Times Media December 26, 2013 6:28PM
Updated: December 26, 2013 10:34PM
Down by nine points going into the fourth quarter and with only one win so far this season, Oswego East appeared headed for another defeat.
Instead, the Wolves rallied with a 9-0 run to start the final period and went on to a 69-65 victory Thursday over Argo in the first round of the Romeoville Christmas Classic.
“Argo did a good job of transition, which we knew they would do, and beat us up on the glass pretty good, but I think our kids did a great job coming back,’’ Oswego East coach Steve Szymanski said.
Guard Mike McAlister scored 12 of his game-high 28 points in the fourth quarter, including a three-pointer that completed the 9-0 run that tied the score at 57 with 6:30 to play.
“I don’t know what it is about this group that we have to wait to get down to play hard, but when we turned it on, we had a good finish,’’ Szymanski said.
McAlister picked up a loose ball after a rebound scramble and scored to put Oswego East (2-7) ahead 66-65 with 19 seconds to play. McAlister added two free throws with six seconds left to make it 68-65.
“It was sort of a crazy fourth quarter,’’ McAlister said. “We had some turnovers, but we put it together as a team defensively. We were in that position before. We just had to play good, solid defense.’’
Houston McCullum (11 points) got the fourth quarter run started on a drive to the basket.
Tyler Mitchell led Argo (2-7) with 23 points. Antoine French finished with 15.
“You’re up 10 going into the fourth, all you have to do is take care of the ball,’’ Argo coach Pat Maietta said. “We got careless with it. When you need a tough rebound, you need a stop, you don’t get it. Those are tough lessons to learn.’’