“I feel like the win would have been a lot easier because he contributes a lot of offense,” Odero said of not having Gutierrez. “The win would have been so much easier, but I’m just glad we got the win.”
SV (12-7) advanced with a 65-64 victory over No. 6 Dryden.
Fortunes for the Yellowjackets began to change Tuesday after Ryan McFarland and Dylan Perry scored early in the third quarter to give the Wolverines a 36-26 lead.
Mackey called timeout after Perry’s runner in the lane put the Wolverines up by 10 with 6:05 left in the quarter. Oneonta switched to a man-to-man defense, a move that triggered a 15-4 run to end the quarter.
Odero scored nine points in the spurt.
It started with an inside bucket following a pass from Paul Bischoff. Odero was fouled on the play and his free throw made it 36-29 with 5:48 to go in the quarter. Forty seconds later, Odero tipped in his own miss to make it a five-point deficit.
With 1:45 left in the quarter, Odero sealed off a Waverly defender on the back of the Wolverines’ 3-2 zone, received an entry pass on the left block before scoring to close Oneonta’ gap to 38-37.
Bischoff’s driving layup gave OHS the lead with 1:04 left and Odero scored inside off a pass from Bischoff to extend the Yellowjackets’ lead to 41-38 with 35 seconds to go in the quarter. At that point, Odero was 9-for-10 from the field.
“That’s just my teammates finding me and me just getting good shots and attacking,” Odero said. “It worked out well.”
Tim Sutton’s putback just before the quarter buzzer narrowed Waverly’s deficit to 41-40.
Oneonta’s man defense in the second half played a huge role. The Yellowjackets’ active feet kept Waverly from penetrating and OHS rebounded much better than the first half.