OSWEGO — Opposing narratives clashed and remained unchanged on Friday night as the undefeated Erie Red Devils raced past the winless Oswego Indians 54-21.
“I wanted to be solid defensively and keep working on executing good looks,” Erie head coach Nick Pfeifer said. “I was pleased with the way we guarded. I thought we were solid and weren’t trying to reach. We held them in check in the first half and I was pleased with that.”
Sharpshooter Mark Bogner led Erie with 16 points on the night.
“He played well and was very efficient,” Pfeifer said. “That’s always what you want is efficient scorers. We don’t need a guy that can get 15 but takes him 15 shots. He definitely knocked down some shots today and did a great job defensively too.”
Tyler Pasquarelli also added 13 points to the box score for the Red Devils.
As for Oswego, Lance Teal paced the Indians with 11 points.
“He’s turning into the leader we need him to be,” Oswego head coach Greg Lambkins said. “I really felt good about how he took the game personally and tried to take it at them. We need him to start doing those things, so to see it against a quality team like Erie is a plus for us.”
Erie has established itself as one of the most feared teams in Southeast Kansas and Class 2A. The Red Devils are ranked No. 5 in the class by the KBCA and are coming off a berth to the state tournament a year ago.
“We’ve got to be humble and understand that we get coverage and recognition from working hard and doing things the right way,” Pfeifer said. “We have to keep putting in the effort. It wasn’t that long ago that we weren’t that good. I’ll never forget that. So we’ll keep working at it and trying to get better every day.”
On the other end of the spectrum, Oswego is still hunting its first win.
“We still played hard and tried to get after it,” Lambkins said. “The height was a little tough for us. But our boys didn’t give up. I’m feeling good about going into January when we start playing in our league. But it was a tough night for everybody.”
The Indians are now 0-4 on the year heading into winter break.
“The guys have to let all that go, get some shots up during this break and we’ll come into the rest of our season,” Lambkins said. “I’m disappointed because I’m a competitor. But we’ve fought everybody we played. I feel good about our tenacity.”
As for Erie, it enters and extended break hoping to stay hot.
“We’re going to be off so long so we’ll have to get back in shape and be sharp,” Pfeifer said. “It’ll always start with defense.
“We still have so much to get better at. Offensively, we’re still working on it. We also know our schedule will get harder. It’s nothing against who we’ve played so far, but our guys understand that.”
Erie 54, Oswego 21
Erie: 15 16 15 8 — 54
Oswego: 0 9 6 6 — 21
Erie: Garrett Ruark 5, Mark Bogner 16, Tyler Duling 6, Tyler Pasquarelli 13, Eric Dillinger 2, Dawson Lehman 9
Oswego: Jace Landes 3, Lance Teal 11, Trayton Walker 5, Tristan Gray 2