OSWEGO — Chris Dempsey poured in 14 points and Dylan Munger netted 12 points to lead ESSROC Cement to a 39-32 victory over Lakeview Remodeling in Tuesday's Senior Division championship game in the Oswego Youth Basketball Association.
The game was played at Oswego Middle School.
ESSROC tallied the first 10 points of the game and padded its lead to 18 before Lakeview Remodeling made a furious fourth-quarter charge.
Lakeview's Dylan Dunsmoor connected on a 3-pointer from the left corner to pull his team to within 37-32 with just over a minute to play. But ESSROC held on, getting a pair of Munger free throws to seal the outcome.
Also scoring points for ESSROC Cement were Ethan LoCastro (6), Jared Yoder (3), M.J. Lilly (2), and Jackson Stephens (2). Other members of the team contributing to the playoff championship were Ethan Hotaling-Whitney, Isabella LoCastro, Sam Metcalf, and Karmyn Trinidad. The team is coached by Mike LoCastro and Jamie Barker.
Dunsmoor finished with 14 points to pace Lakeview Remodeling. He was followed by Jerry Sliwa (10), Elijah Campbell (5), Ryan Symborski (2), and Andrew Gentile (1).
The roster for the regular-season champs also included Connor Griffin, Jack Hall, Thomas May, Joey Reeves, and Jacob Sledziona. The coaches for Lakeview were John Dunsmoor and Jim Symborski.
ESSROC sprinted out to a 10-0 lead with unselfish team play, getting nifty assists from Dempsey and Ethan LoCastro. Later, Munger grabbed a rebound and scored to complete the run for a 10-0 cushion.
Symborski sank two free throws to bring Lakeview Remodeling to within 10-2 heading into the second quarter.
ESSROC's tough defense kept smothering Lakeview's scoring attempts. Meanwhile, Munger scored off an offensive rebound and Ethan LoCastro sank a layup. An ESS-ROC steal led to a Dempsey basket and an 18-4 margin.
Lakeview's Sliwa stole the ball and drove coast-to-coast to close out the first-half scoring, bringing his team to within 20-7.
In the third quarter, ESSROC extended its lead. A steal wound up in a Dempsey layup that made it 28-10. Dunsmoor hit a free throw and scored off a rebound to keep Lake-view's hopes alive. The score was 30-15 through three quarters.
A basket by Yoder and a free throw by Munger gave ESSROC Cement a 33-15 advantage early in the fourth.
But Lakeview never gave up, outscoring ESSROC 17-6 the rest of the way and putting a scare into the eventual playoff champs.
Sliwa banked in a 3-pointer from the right wing and then scored on a fast-break layup.
Moments later, Campbell hauled down a rebound and scored to make it 34-22.
When Dunsmoor scored with just over four minutes to go, Lakeview was within 34-25.
Later, Dunsmoor scored from the left wing and hit another shot after an ESSROC turnover. After a Munger free throw momentarily settled things down for ESSROC, Dunsmoor made a line-drive trey from the left corner, and the score was 37-32 with a little over a minute left.
ESSROC held on as Munger made two free throws, accounting for the 39-32 final score.