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Wins have been hard to come by for Romeoville and Oswego East.
That meant a chance for victory in Friday’s Southwest Prairie Conference matchup in Romeoville between teams who had combined for just one victory so far this season.
Tied 35-all midway through the fourth quarter, Oswego East scored five unanswered points on its way to a 43-37 road win.
It’s the first win of the season for the Wolves, who will play at the East Aurora Holiday Tournament next week. Romeoville hosts its own Christmas Classic, starting Wednesday.
“We found a way to get it done and that was important because of where we’re at,” first-year coach Ron Murphy said. “It’s important for us to get over that hump. They kept grinding it out and finally, found a way to get our first one.”
C.J. Vaughan scored 17 points and Kendall Dorsey added 10 for Oswego East (1-7, 1-3 in the SPC). Rashad Steele’s 17 points led the Spartans (1-9, 0-4).
With the game tied midway through the fourth, Vaughan buried his fifth three-pointer of the night, giving the visitors a 38-35 lead it would never relinquish.
“There were some key possessions there when we executed,” Murphy said. “Little things made a huge difference for us.”
Romeoville turned the ball over on six of its first 10 possessions of the fourth quarter.
“That’s their strength,” Romeoville coach Jeff Bambule said. “They force you into turnovers and we had our opportunities. We had three or four opportunities and didn’t get very good shots.”
Back-to-back three-pointers during the final 30 seconds of the first quarter by Rashad Steele gave Romeoville an 8-4 lead after a quarter. His third three-pointer of the evening bumped the lead to 11-4 seconds into the second.
Steele putback his own miss midway through the second quarter to give the hosts a 13-7 lead. Romeoville eventually took an 18-14 lead at the intermission. Oswego East went on a 13-2 run midway through the third to turn a 19-14 deficit into a 27-21 lead. Oswego East led 32-31 lead into the fourth quarter.