Boys Basketball: Fourth-quarter run lifts Oswego East
By Steve Nemeth For Sun-Times Media February 8, 2013 9:38PM
Updated: February 9, 2013 12:02AM
CJ Vaughan and Mike McAllister ignited a fourth-quarter surge by Oswego East that enabled the host Wolves to race past Plainfield Central for a 71-65 Southwest Prairie Conference victory Friday night.
The Wildcats, who slipped to 7-17 overall and 2-10 in league play, erased a 32-25 halftime deficit with a 24-point third-quarter to claim a 49-47 advantage heading into the final eight minutes.
After Justin Windt converted a one-and-bonus to start the last frame, Vaughan sandwiched right corner three-pointers around a McAllister in-bound steal and lay-up for a 55-51 lead. Plainfield Central got a Logan Velasquez bucket with 6:08 remaining, but it would be another four minutes before the Wildcats would score again.
Kendall Dorsey hung in the air off an inbound play to start a 9-0 run and then Oswego East simply answered every threat from that point on to improve to 11-12 and 7-5. After opening the year 0-7, the Wolves have rallied and Friday’s win was their eighth over the last nine games.
“Any time you can string together a couple stops and baskets, it’s going to make a big difference,” Oswego East coach Ron Murphy noted.
His Central counterpart had to agree.
“That was a bad stretch for us in the fourth quarter and you can’t do that against a good team,” Wildcat coach Steve Lamberti said. “We turned the ball over too many times and couldn’t score, and that combination will never work when you give up 24 points in the fourth quarter.”
“I remember thinking (before the start of the fourth quarter), we’ve got to turn it up,” Vaughan said. “That’s exactly what Mike and I did to start things. From that point on we just pushed the tempo.
“I just want to do my best every night, but at the beginning of the game my shots weren’t falling, so I tried hitting the defensive boards and dishing off assists in order to help any way I could,” added Vaughan, whose team-best 17 points was an encore to having surpassed the 1,000-point career mark during Tuesday’s SPC win over Romeovllle.
As the target of abuse from Central’s students, McAllister drew satisfaction from the Wolves’ latest triumph after a 67-62 win in the year’s earlier meeting in Plainfield when East also had four players in double figures.
“The best answer was on the scoreboard. Coach always reminds us to come out and play hard and stay focused, that’s what I did,” McAllister said of his 15-point outing. Dorsey and Tyler Ross finished with 14 and 10 points, respectively.
Plainfield Central had a game-high 24 from Mitch Young, 15 from Curtis Harrington and 11 from Velasquez.