Boys Basketball: Plainfield South falls into Oswego East’s trap
By Chris Pall For Sun-Times Media January 19, 2013 12:22AM
Updated: February 21, 2013 6:35AM
Sparked by a fullcourt trapping defense, Oswego East seized control of the Southwest Prairie game against visiting Plainfield South on Friday night.
Closing the third quarter with a 9-2 run, the Wolves went on to down the Cougars 54-40.
Behind the trapping defense, Oswego East (6-10, 3-3) tallied nine points in the final 2:05 of the third frame to break open a 31-31 game.
Scooter Smith scored after an offensive rebound, Houston McCullum scored in the paint and Mike McAllister had a steal and layup to help Oswego East pull away from South (4-12, 2-4). Tyler Ross capped the 9-2 run when he took a long pass from McAllister and swished a three-pointer from the corner as time expired for a 40-33 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
“We needed a jump-start, unfortunately, because we didn’t come out with the energy we’ve played with the last couple of weeks,” Oswego East coach Ron Murphy said. “We were able to speed them up, Houston takes a huge charge at the one end and we get a drive, kick and good look at a three and knock it down. I don’t think we looked back from there.”
Oswego East’s C.J. Vaughn scored a game-high 19 points, including 11 in the first quarter when he connected on three three-pointers.
Ross, who hit a three-pointer in the fourth quarter for a 46-35 lead with 5:35 remaining, finished with 13 points. Kendall Dorsey added 10 points for the Wolves and Smith netted eight points while grabbing nine rebounds in the second half.
In the fourth quarter, the Cougars hit just 2-of-11 from the field, misfiring on all six attempts from behind the arc.