Metea Valley 75 Oswego East 67
Metea Valley has been relying on Kenny Obendorf all season long, and things were no different Tuesday night as the Mustangs defeated Oswego East 75-67 in Aurora.
The senior guard hit three-pointers on three straight possessions in the third quarter as the Mustangs (22-3) went on a 10-2 run and pulled away from the Wolves. Obendorf had 14 points in the quarter while making all four of his three point attempts.
“The shots weren’t falling for him in the first half and he wasn’t being aggressive. He hit those first two and I just kept going to him, because he has a tendency to get hot like that,” said Metea Valley head coach Bob Vozza. “He’s been our leader all year. And in big moments, he hit big shots for us today.”
Obendorf led the Mustangs with 23 points, while fellow starter Milan Bojanic added had 13 points and 7 rebounds.
Raysean Parker (12 points, six rebounds and three steals) provided a spark off the bench for the Mustangs.
“We got some contributions off the bench in a big way. I think Raysean is finally getting healthy. He’s been battling some stuff all year, and he’s looked great the last few games,” said Vozza.
Metea led by as many as 13 points in the first half, but Oswego (12-12) was able to cut the deficit to 35-27 at halftime.
Kendall Dorsey got the Wolves within six points after knocking down two free throws with five minutes left in the third quarter.
But then Obendorf went off, knocking down three-pointers on three straight possessions as Metea pulled away.
The Mustangs lead grew to 21 midway through the fourth quarter, but the Wolves didn’t give up. Oswego responded with a 12-0 run to cut the lead to single-digits with two minutes remaining in the game.
However, Obendorf was able to knock down free throws and Metea hung on for victory.
Kenny Battle Jr. led Oswego with 24 points, while Kalmon Stokes notched a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
The Mustangs will have nine days off before their Upstate Eight Conference crossover game on Fri. Feb. 24. Vozza hopes his team will be able to rest-up for the playoffs during the lay-over.
“We’ll try to mend some soreness and bodies, but at the same time we want to continue to get better. I think we’re going in the right direction,” said Vozza. “We just want to be playing at a high level when playoffs come, and they’re coming now, so we’ve got practice time to prepare and then one game to get ready.”
I wrote this story for the Chicago Sun-Times, Aurora Beacon, Naperville Sun and yourseason.com. It appears here.