Twenty-three of Jordan Gutierrez’s game-high 29 points came in the first half as Oneonta High’s boys opened a 25-point lead en route to a 73-44 Southern Tier Athletic Conference boys basketball victory at Chenango Forks on Monday.
Gutierrez, a junior, has averaged 31.3 points over the Yellowjackets’ last three games – all victories. He didn’t play in the fourth quarter Tuesday.
“We were getting Jordan on the perimeter off of ball screens or staggers,” OHS coach Jerry Mackey said. “We pressed in the first quarter and early in the second and we were able to get some layups off of that.”
OHS led, 19-6, after one quarter and extended its lead to 42-17 by halftime.
“Our defense was pretty good,” Mackey said. “We defended the way we were supposed to and that’s progress. In the past, we haven’t always done that.”
Albert Odero contributed 11 points, and Brock Eichler and George Foti had eight and seven points, respectively, for OHS (6-1, 5-1).
“If you watched us the last few games, we’re getting contributions across the board, even if it’s not showing up in the box score,” Mackey said. “That’s something we can build on for the future. It’s a game we were supposed to win and historically, our better teams have done that.”
Trevor Burghardt scored nine points to lead the Blue Devils.
OHS will play Sherburne-Earlville at 6 p.m. Friday in a first-round game of the Unadilla Valley Tournament.
Oneonta 83, Chenango Forks 27
Mariah Ruff finished with a game-high 21 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds to lead visiting Oneonta High to a Southern Tier Athletic Conference victory.
Teammate Brittney Herrick contributed 18 points and nine rebounds for the Yellowjackets.
Ruff and Herrick combined to score 18 points as OHS outscored the Blue Devils, 32-7, in the third quarter to take a 63-20 lead.