Junior Jordan Gutierrez scored 30 points and Oneonta High improved to 5-1 with a 71-56 Southern Tier Athletic Conference boys basketball victory over visiting Owego on Friday night.
Gutierrez has scored 65 points in his last two games, including 35 in the Yellowjackets’ victory at Windsor on Wednesday.
“He can hit that 6- to 8-footer off balance and he’s explosive enough to get to the rim, and he can finish regardless of the angle,” OHS coach Jerry Mackey said of Gutierrez. “Plus, he has such a quick release that a lot of times you’re stuck in no man’s land. He’s gone for 30-plus the last two games and he’s probably taken two bad shots total. It’s not like he’s get these totals on 42 shots a game.”
Gutierrez’s night helped to offset a 30-point night by Owego’s Will Gladney.
“The Gladney kid is a beast,” Mackey said. “He’s a legit post kid.”
The Yellowjackets (4-1 in STAC) outscored the Indians, 18-9, in the second quarter to take a 37-21 lead into halftime. Owego sliced its deficit to 15 points heading into the fourth quarter. The Indians got as close as 10 points in the final quarter, but Gutierrez hit two of his four three-pointers in the final quarter to keep OHS comfortably ahead.
“If he played last year, we probably win six to seven more games,” Mackey said of Gutierrez. “We’re enjoying it right now and it’s all coming within the flow of the offense.”
Albert Odero had 15 points and George Foti contributed 12 for the Yellowjackets, who’ll travel to Chenango Forks at 3 p.m. Monday.
Davenport 68, Laurens 64
Matt Finne and tournament MVP Kyle Moorby combined for seven points in overtime as host Davenport won the championship game of the Lee Fisher Tournament.
Finne had four points in overtime, when the Wildcats outscored Laurens, 8-4. Finne hit two free throws in overtime to put Davenport ahead for keeps.