Boys Basketball: Oswego East stifles Reavus
By Dennis Nelson For Sun-Times Media December 27, 2013 6:32PM
Reavis' Dawid Kasprzak shoots over Oswego East's Demetrius Ewing and Daejon Perry. | Dennis Nelson/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 28, 2013 12:00AM
Oswego East’s fullcourt pressure defense and balance on offense paved the way for a 76-64 win Friday over Reavis in a Large School semifinal of the Romeoville Christmas Classic.
The Wolves (3-7) advanced to the large school final at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The Rams (8-3) fell into the third-place game at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Oswego East forced 14 turnovers and featured five players with nine or more points: James Callegari (13), Jeremy Mitchell (11), Trevor Ross (10), Daejon Perry (10) and Mike McAlister (9).
“We were very unselfish and got a lot of guys involved,” Oswego East coach Steve Szymanski said. “The guys ran the floor well. It was a good team effort and that was nice to see.”
The Wolves also dished out 11 assists, committed just six turnovers and shot 56 percent (27-of-48) from the floor for the game.
“We committed 14 turnovers and missed a lot of shots we normally make,” Reavis coach Jeff Smith said. “We got some easy shots, we just didn’t convert.”
“That was our goal coming in,” Szymanski said of pressuring the Rams defensively. “We knew if we pressured their guards, they would have a tough time. That was something we wanted to take advantage of. We carried that throughout the game.”
A steal and subsequent dunk by Flowers staked Oswego East to a 9-2 lead with 5:30 left in the first quarter. The Wolves led 18-12 after a quarter.
The second three-pointer of the first half for Callegari gave Oswego East a 31-17 lead midway through the second quarter. The Wolves took a 40-30 lead at the break.
A 19-4 run early in the third quarter ended all doubt. Flowers’ basket, off Mitchell’s assist, bumped the Wolves’ advantage to 59-38 with 2:47 left to play in the third quarter. Oswego East took a 59-40 lead into the final quarter.
A three-point play by Houston McCullum gave the winners a 71-51 advantage with 3:52 left in the game. Twelve different players scored for Oswego East, which is in its first year at the tournament.
Ed Puha’s 20 points and nine rebounds led the Rams in both categories.
“We preach to our kids it’s the next play or the next game,” Smith said. “We’ll clear this out of our heads and come back with a good game (Saturday).”