Boys hoops action

Oswego's Mike Douglas (middle) reaches up for the hard-fought 2-point bucket in varsity boys basketball action against Indian River Wednesday.

OSWEGO — Mike Douglas scored 20 points and Garrett Besaw tossed in 19 points, but the Oswego varsity boys basketball team lost 64-56 to Indian River Wednesday evening.

The Warriors redeemed themselves after losing 75-74 to the Buccaneers in overtime back on Dec. 30.

“Hats off to Indian River after we stole one on their court. They came here and took this game,” Oswego coach James Lamacchia said.

Douglas was a perfect 10-of-10 from the free-throw line for Oswego (3-6). Keyon Johnston chipped in 11 points.

For Indian River (3-3), Samuel Angelo led all scorers with 41 points, with 29 of them coming in the second half. Michael Frimpong added six points, and TaeJean LaCroix contributed five points.

The Warriors were maintaining a 25-18 lead a few minutes into the third quarter. Further into the quarter, Indian River jumped to a 27-21 advantage. Back-to-back layups from LaCroix made it 31-21.

The Bucs started to show some momentum going into the final few minutes of the third. A 3-pointer from Besaw and four free throws from Douglas sliced the deficit to 31-28.

Angelo carried Indian River with a 7-point showcase, which included a 3-point bucket. Besaw mixed in a 3-point basket from the corner to help Oswego’s efforts, however, the Warriors padded its lead to 38-31.

With a couple of minutes to go in the third, the Bucs turned things around quick. Led by Douglas’ four points that included slamming one home, and a layup from Besaw, Oswego went on a 6-0 run to put the score at 38-37.

Besaw drilled a 3-pointer in the opening minute of the fourth quarter to give the Bucs a 40-38 lead. Oswego was then clinging to a 43-40 score later in the quarter.

Angelo came through in the clutch once again with a 3-pointer to knot it up at 43-43. The Indian River senior then put his team back on top at 45-43 with a layup.

From there, the Warriors built their lead to 51-45.

With four minutes to go in the game, Oswego wasn’t going away easily. Besaw hit another three from the corner, and Johnston knocked down two free throws that made the Warriors’ lead at just 51-50.

Indian River shut down Oswego’s energy fast with an overwhelming 7-0 run, bulking the score to 58-50.

The Warriors used free throws to keep their distance, and the Bucs were struggling to stay close with them.

“I loved the effort the kids put up, but we have to make smarter decisions going down the stretch,” Lamacchia said. “They’re the kids, and I’m the coach so I’ll get them there.”

The first quarter saw Indian River get off to a strong start. Frimpong tallied back-to-back threes for a 6-0 lead. Angelo tabbed a 2-pointer, drew the foul, and completed the and-1 opportunity, making it a 9-0 cushion.

Down 12-2, Oswego began to climb back. Cole Pratt tabbed a fast 3-point shot to cut it to 12-5. With the score at 14-5, four points between Johnston and Besaw sliced it to 14-9.

Indian River was holding on to a 16-9 lead with 5:16 left in the second quarter. Douglas fought for a hard two under the basket to cut it to 16-11, but a long three from Robert Alexander increased the Warrior advantage to 19-11.

Lamacchia mentioned how the Bucs got the shots they needed, but missed shots put them in a hole, which gave Indian River a chance to escape with the lead intact.

“We got every look we wanted, but some of the shots wouldn’t go down. We’ve gone through spurts like this throughout the season, and you can’t do much about it,” he said.

“You’re either going to make shots or you’re not. Tonight, we didn’t make them.”

Oswego is at Auburn this Friday. Tip-off against the Maroons is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

“We have to be smarter and learn to win basketball games,” Lamacchia said. “I have to do a better job of that (with coaching), but so do my guys.”

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