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Boys basketball: Pleasure Ridge overwhelms Oswego East

Updated: December 26, 2012 10:57PM

After finishing third in the East Aurora Holiday Tournament last year, Pleasure Ridge Park enjoyed the experience so much it decided to make the trip up from Louisville again this season.

Though the team is about 350 miles from home, the Panthers looked at home Wednesday night when they took the floor against Oswego East in the opening round of pool play. Using a fast-paced, fullcourt style, the Pleasure Ridge moved out to a 10-point lead after one quarter and rolled to a 96-59 win.

“Everyone had so much fun the kids asked us if we could come back,” said Panthers coach Dale Mabrey, in his 32nd year at the school. “The kids are excited to be here and happy to be playing in such a historic tournament.”

The Panthers (8-3) opened up a 24-14 lead after one quarter and stretched it to 51-31 at the break. Shooting an identical 56 percent in both halves, the Panthers didn’t run many halfcourt sets — instead using their press to create fastbreak opportunities while also enjoying a 41-26 advantage on the boards, including 17 on the offensive end.

Four Panthers scored in double figures, led by 18 from junior LaMontray Harris, with Robert Sawyer adding 13, D’Angelo Hunter 11 and Javonte Lavender 10. A total of seven players had eight or more points.

“I was happy with the way we shared the ball,” Mabrey said. “The team feeds off one another and as the season goes on we will keep improving.”

The Wolves (1-8) shot a respectable 42 percent — including 8-for-18 from behind the arc — but turned the ball over 35 times against the Pleasure Ridge Park pressure. East had just one more shot from the field (21) than turnovers (20) in the first half.

Senior CJ Vaughan scored a game-high 19 to lead the Wolves, while Tyler Ross had 12 points and Scooter Smith and Kendall Dorsey added nine each. Smith also grabbed a game-high seven rebounds.

“The two things they did well is use defensive pressure to turn us over and then they went to the glass,” said Oswego East coach Ron Murphy. “If you broke down their scores, they came from either turning us over or stickbacks. We missed some open shots and their pressure just wore on us.”

Pool play continues today as Pleasure Ridge Park will play Belvidere North at 6 p.m., while the Wolves will take on host East Aurora at 7:45.

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