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January 4, 2013

Picinich gives Oneonta High boys a lift

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Alec Picinich apparently has broad shoulders.

Senior guard Picinich scored a season-best 24 points Thursday to carry Oneonta High to a 47-38 boys basketball victory at Southern Tier Athletic Conference rival Owego.

“He scored at least five points in every quarter,” OHS coach Jerry Mackey said of Picinich, who beat his season high for points by one. “He was an option they couldn’t stop.”

Picinich scored 14 in the first half, including all 10 of the Yellowjackets’ points in the opening quarter. Although OHS trailed, 11-10, after the first eight minutes, the Jackets responded with a 14-8 second quarter to take the lead for keeps.

“Luckily he showed up until most of the other guys got up to speed and started playing better,” Mackey said. “He’s playing great and at a high level. He’s having a great high school career and a great senior year.”

Skylar Thompson contributed 10 points for OHS (4-5, 2-4), which is still waiting for 6-foot-5 center Mitchel Couch to return from a sprained ankle.

“We hope he gets cleared to at least practice soon,” Mackey said of Couch. “He’s been out for three weeks. A 6-5 kid playing well is a nice thing to have at any level, but we’ll be facing some good STAC teams soon and we could use him.”

Tyler Ford’s 12 points paced Owego.

Oneonta is off until Monday, when it will play Sherburne-Earlville at Unadilla Valley for the Unadilla Valley Holiday Tournament title. The game, which was snowed out Saturday, will start after OHS and S-E meet for the junior varsity championship at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

The UV Tournament girls championship game between the host Storm and S-E, which also was postponed Saturday, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday.

The following boys basketball tournament games that were snowed out Saturday have been rescheduled as well.

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