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January 10, 2014

OHS boys rally to beat Sabers

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Oneonta High’s boys climbed out of a 13-point halftime deficit by holding Susquehanna Valley to eight points in the second half of a 64-50 Southern Tier Athletic Conference basketball victory Thursday at OHS.

The Yellowjackets (9-1, 6-1) trailed, 42-29, at halftime.

“We played with more energy,” OHS coach Jerry Mackey said of outscoring the Sabers, 35-8, over the final two quarters. “We gave up a lot of easy looks in the first half. We had a lot of poor close-outs and their guards went crazy with dribble penetration.

“Offensively, we were standing around hoping Jordan would do things,” he continued.

Jordan Gutierrez scored 34 points for the Yellowjackets. Albert Odero contributed 18 for OHS.

Oneonta outscored SV, 18-3, in the third period.

Late in the third quarter, OHS forced a steal on the defensive end and passed ahead to Odero, who dunked it.

“That got the crowd going,” Mackey said.

When George Foti hit a three-pointer late in the quarter, OHS took a 47-45 lead into the final quarter.

“We turned them over quite a bit and got out and ran,” Mackey said of his team’s 17-5 fourth-quarter run.

Jason Fiorentino had 22 points to lead the Sabers.

“We’re only good if we play with energy,” Mackey said. “In the second half, we started Ben Southern, Kevin Smith, Paul Bischoff, Albert and Jordan, and the energy level was great.”

The Yellowjackets will travel to Walton on Monday.

Davenport 38, Margaretville 31

Davenport defenders limited visiting Margaretville to 10 points after halftime en route to a Delaware League victory.

“I thought we played really strong defense,” Davenport coach Lee Fisher said. “In the first half we were switching zone and man, but in the second half we went to man defense and we played well.”

Margaretville, which received nine points from Kyle Short, led, 21-18, at halftime.

Davenport (8-0) outscored the Blue Devils, 11-3, in the third quarter. Josh Davi scored four of his game-high 13 points in that quarter.

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