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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.

Dick White Tournament at Cooperstown (Jan. 19): Consolation, Cooperstown vs. Cobleskill-Richmondville, 6 p.m.; Championship, Sidney vs. Fort Plain, 7:30 p.m.

Downsville Tournament (Jan. 19): Consolation, Gilbertsville-Mount Upton vs. Downsville, 5 p.m.; Championship, Margaretville vs. Roscoe, 6:30 p.m.

Pat Grasso Tournament at Laurens (Saturday): Consolation, Laurens vs. Hancock, 4 p.m.; Championship, South Kortright vs. Milford, 5:30 p.m.

Ray Clement Tournament at Morris (Saturday): Consolation, Morris vs. Deposit, 11:30 a.m.; Championship, Edmeston vs. Mohawk, 1 p.m.

H-T 62, SK 59

Dylan Legg scored 14 of his game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter to lead reigning Delaware League champion Hunter-Tannersville to a road victory over defending Section Four Class D champion South Kortright.

“He hurt us on the outside,” SK coach Bob VanValkenburgh said of Legg, who made two of his three three-point field goals in the final period. “He hit two threes in the fourth, then two big foul shots at the end. He got hot. He had a real nice game.”

Trevor Holdridge’s late three-point attempt rimmed out for the Rams (4-3, 2-3), who were outscored, 22-15, in the fourth quarter. Holdridge finished with 21 points for SK, which avenged a 52-50 loss to Hunter-Tannersville in the 2012 DL title game with a 46-35 victory over the Wildcats in the 2012 sectional final.

Zach Mudge contributed 15 points for H-T, which rallied from a 31-22 halftime deficit.

Dylan Cole (two three-pointers) and Griff Metzko scored 12 points apiece for South Kortright, which will play Milford at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the championship game of the Pat Grasso Tournament at Laurens.

Gilboa 54, Windham 34

Zak Perry scored a team-high 14 points for host Gilboa, which rode a big third quarter to a Delaware League victory.

Perry scored eight points in the third period, when the Wildcats outscored Windham, 27-13, to take a 48-23 lead. Gilboa (5-4, 2-3) scored the first eight points of the third quarter, which also featured seven of Christian Cooper’s 13 points.

Hunter Grace contributed 10 points for the Wildcats, who visit Jefferson on Wednesday.

Windham’s David Saunders led all scorers with 15 points.

Margaretville 66, Downsville 34

Margaretville scored 27 points in the opening quarter and cruised to a Delaware League victory over host Downsville.

“They just did not miss in the first quarter,” said Downsville coach Kevin Wilber, whose team gave up four three-pointers in the opening period.

Mitch Hull scored a game-high 19 points, Kyle Short contributed 15 – all on three-pointers – and Cooper Reither had 13 for the Blue Devils.

Dave Doig scored eight points to lead Downsville, which fell into a 27-9 hole after one period and trailed, 47-17, at halftime.

The Eagles travel to Stamford on Monday.

Stamford 67, Jefferson 40

Greg Mattice scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Indians to a road victory in the Delaware League.

Matt Anderson contributed 13 points for Stamford, which outscored Jefferson, 39-18, in the middle quarters.

John Quagliano’s 13 points paced the J-Hawks (0-7), who received 12 points from Jimmy Reeves (four three-pointers).

Jefferson hosts Gilboa on Wednesday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Oxford 41, Walton 28

Megan Golden scored a game-high 21 points – including 17 in the first half – as host Oxford upended Walton in a Midstate Athletic Conference game.

Walton’s Cortney Miller finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Warriors (2-6), who trailed, 24-7, at halftime.

Walton, which hit five three-pointers, hosts Greene on Wednesday.

Postponements

Unatego’s Midstate Athletic Conference game at Deposit was postponed because of illness. A make-up date has not been set.

Girls basketball tournament games that were snowed out Saturday have been rescheduled for the following dates.

Joan Martin Tournament at Morris (Saturday): Consolation, Deposit vs. Sharon Springs, 10 a.m.; Championship, Morris vs. Edmeston, 2:30 p.m.

Kazalski Tournament at Bainbridge-Guilford (Saturday): Consolation, Windsor vs. Whitney Point, 3:45 p.m.; Championship, Bainbridge-Guilford vs. Marathon, 7:45 p.m.

Ray Preston Tournament at Davenport (Saturday): Consolation, Worcester vs. Delhi, 5 p.m.; Championship, Davenport vs. Schenevus, 6:30 p.m.

Stamford Tournament (Saturday): Consolation, Roxbury vs. Laurens, 3 p.m.; Championship, Stamford vs. Milford, 4:30 p.m.