Oswego East Drops Another Close One
Brooks leads four players in double figures, but Wolves get outscored 25-4 in final seven minutes and lose to Brother Rice.
Oswego East has led by four points or more in the fourth quarter of all of its losses this basketball season.
On Saturday, the Wolves battled back from an early 13-1 deficit and led by as many as six points early in the fourth quarter against Brother Rice.
But then things fell apart.
The Wolves were outscored 25-4 over the final seven minutes and dropped a 68-53 decision at the Benedictine University 2010 Eagle Club Shootout in Lisle.
"Our guys battled and it just comes down to finishing quarters and finishing games," Oswego East coach Jason Buckley said. "We've got to get better at finishing and executing down the stretch."
Brother Rice (7-1) didn't surrender a field goal until Jermaine Campbell scored on a layup with 2:47 left in the first quarter. The Wolves took their first lead on a three-point play by Kalmon Stokes with 1:35 left in the first half and Stokes' bucket in the final minute gave the Wolves a 24-23 lead at halftime.
Both teams clicked offensively in the third quarter, nearly doubling their first half output. Oswego East looked to be pulling away when C.J. Vaughan scored to put the Wolves ahead 41-32 midway through the quarter. But Brother Rice had little trouble beating Oswego East's pressure and continually beat the Wolves down court to create easy scoring chances.
"Being on a college floor, it's a little bit longer so it's more room to cover for us," Buckley said. "But they're better offensively than we are right now and it showed tonight. Good offense is going to beat a good defense and as good as we are defensively, we need to be a lot better on offense, and we'll get there."
Oswego East (4-4) trailed 57-53 after a nice drive to the basket by Wesley Brooks, but the Wolves would be outscored 11-0 the rest of the way.
"We knew these guys were well-coached, well-prepared and run a good offense and have a plan on defense," Brother Rice coach Pat Richardson said. "We had our hands full for awhile and it got a little ugly for us."
Sophomore Cal Kennedy came off the bench to score 15 points and grab nine rebounds for Brother Rice. He saw little time in the first half and put up all of his big numbers in the second half.
"I thought his defensive rebounding made the difference in the game," Richardson said. "And that Wesley Brooks (14 points) is tough and he was hitting jumpers off the dribble. Finally, (Sean) Fitzpatrick picked up his defense and that was big along with Cal's rebounding."
Brooks led the Wolves with 14 points. Only six players saw action for Oswego East and all contributed. Marcus Jones didn't score and Sean Gant added nine points. Vaughan and Campbell chipped in with 10 points apiece and Stokes had 11. Campbell and Stokes both tied for a team-best six rebounds apiece.