Boys Basketball: Lemont topples Oswego East
By Dennis Nelson For Sun-Times Media March 3, 2014 9:28PM
Lemont's Mike Wisz rises for a shot Monday vs. Oswego east. | Dennis Nelson/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 5, 2014 6:21AM
Lemont outscored Oswego East 9-2 late in the fourth quarter to pull out a 60-56 victory in a Class 4A Lemont Regional quarterfinal Monday.
The No. 16-seeded and host Indians (15-12) earned the right to face No. 1 Benet (20-8) at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
“We talked about it just now and we’re ready for (Tuesday),” Lemont’s Mike Wisz said. “We’re going to give it our all and see if we can hang with them.”
“We’re looking forward to (Tuesday night),” Lemont coach Rick Runaas said. “This is a fun time of the year and the kind of game you want to play in. We’re looking forward to the opportunity.”
No. 17 seed Oswego East, which wasted a 52-49 lead with 2:40 to play in the game, closed at 8-19.
“We couldn’t get a stop and we missed some free throws that would have extended the lead,” Oswego East coach Steve Szymanski said. “But we played hard for 32 minutes and that’s what we’ve been after all season.”
Wisz finished with 27 points and nine rebounds for Lemont. Luis Marquez added 11 points and seven rebounds and Austin Tittle added 10 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Houston McCullum (14 points) and Demetrius Ewing (13) led the Wolves.
“We made enough plays at the end, and what can you say about Mike?” Runaas said of Wisz, who went 9-of-21 from the field. “He was the best player on the floor, and at this time of the year, that can be the difference.”
A three-pointer by Wisz and a putback by Austin Tittle gave Lemont a 16-12 lead with 1:10 left in the first quarter. McCullum’s free throw shaved the lead to 16-15 after a quarter.
McCullum’s putback midway through the second stanza gave Oswego East a 26-23 lead. Wisz answered at the other end to trim it to one. His three-point play off a blocked shot tied it at 30 at the intermission. Wisz was a one-man, wrecking crew in the first half, tallying 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting.
“We knew (Wisz) was their big gun,” Szymanski said. “We gave him too much space in the first half and he took advantage.”
Tittle’s three-pointer from Jack Valone gave Lemont a 39-34 lead, the biggest for either team, with 5:05 left in the third quarter. However, Mike McAllister’s steal and layup tied the game at 43 with 1:39 left in the third quarter. Lemont scored the next three points to take a 46-43 lead into the fourth quarter.
Ewing’s layup off a Lemont turnover and McAllister’s two free throws gave Oswego East a 52-49 lead with 2:40 left in the fourth. Marquez’s rebound and three-point play gave Lemont the lead for good at 55-54 with 1:09 to play.
Oswego East turned the ball over on its next possession. Lemont made 5-of-6 free throws during the final 30 seconds.