Albert Odero scored a season- and varsity-high 22 points Wednesday, but host Oneonta High dropped a Southern Tier Athletic Conference boys basketball game, 55-48, to defending Section Four Class B champion Norwich.
“Defensively, they got off to a good start against us,” said OHS coach Jerry Mackey, whose team fell into a 15-7 hole after one quarter. “We tried to play man-to-man early, but they got to run anytime they wanted.”
Oneonta (2-1, 1-1) rallied back with a 16-10 second quarter and matched Norwich with 11 points in the third before the Purple Tornado pulled away in the fourth.
“We made a basket to take the lead, at maybe 44-43, in the fourth quarter. Then they drove the ball pretty well,” Mackey said. “We gave up a few second shots in a row that led to fouls, and they made enough of their free throws to maintain a three- to four-point lead until the end. I’m happy with the way we competed tonight, though.”
Odero, who played much of the game at point guard, made eight field goals and went 5-for-5 at the foul line. Mackey said scoring leader Jordan Gutierrez, who had 58 points in Oneonta’s first two games, drew a “ton of attention” from Norwich’s defense. His seven points included a three-pointer and a 2-for-2 effort at the foul line, the latter contributing to Oneonta’s 15-for-17 performance in free throws.
Paul Bischoff contributed 10 points for the Yellowjackets, who received nine from Skylar Thompson. No other Oneonta player scored.
“We have to continue to build and win some games to make sure that game at Norwich in a month-and-a-half means something,” Mackey said. “It’s nice to feel like we’re right back in the mix again.”
Mike Oralls scored a team-best 12 points for Norwich, which received 11 from Storm Cook and 10 from Mike Sutton.
OHS plays at STAC game at Chenango Valley on Tuesday.
Cooperstown 73, Unatego 57
Park Summers scored a game-high 23 points and Christian Alexander had 22 to lead Cooperstown to a non-conference road victory.
Jordan Manikas contributed 13 points for Cooperstown (1-1), which turned a 25-15 deficit after one quarter into a 35-29 lead at halftime.
“Our kids played hard, but they were a little too big and too good around the rim,” said Unatego coach Cal Locke, whose team was outscored, 38-18, in the second half.
Tanner Winchester’s 14 points paced Unatego (0-3), which received 13 points from Kellen Komenda.
Unatego visits Walton for a Midstate Athletic Conference game Dec. 13.
RS 53, Schenevus 45
Roman Hula’s 18 points and 12 rebounds paced visiting Richfield Springs to a Tri-Valley League victory in the season opener for both teams.
“Hula just killed us tonight inside,” Schenevus coach Kerry Mason said. “He’s just a big kid in there, about 6-foot-3. They got a big lead on us, but we fought back. Then they started dumping it into Hula. He was just killing us on the inside and we just didn’t rebound.”
Hula went 8-for-10 from the foul line for the Indians, who received 14 points from Tommy Worobey and 10 from Kyler Mower.
Jacob Darling matched Hula for game-high scoring honors with 18 points for the Dragons, who received 15 from Robert Burton.
Schenevus, which trailed, 26-24, at halftime, hosts the Schenevus Tournament this weekend. Hancock and Afton open the tournament at 5:30 p.m. Friday, followed by the Dragons against Windham at 7 p.m. The consolation and championship games are slated for 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively, on Saturday.
Margaretville 44, SK 41
Cooper Reither scored eight of his game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter, when Margaretville outscored visiting South Kortright, 13-10, for a Delaware League victory.
Matt VanValkenburg helped the Blue Devils (2-0, 2-0) to a 12-9 edge in the third quarter by scoring eight of his 12 points.
Tyler Lamport and Dan Nelson scored 11 points apiece for the Rams, who took a 22-19 lead into halftime.
Margaretville plays a Delaware League game at Stamford on Friday in a battle of unbeatens.
Stamford 66, Downsville 33
Gregg Mattice scored a game-high 21 points to lead Stamford to a road victory in the Delaware League.
Jesse Hults contributed 13 points for the Indians (3-0, 2-0), who took a 38-21 lead into halftime.
Justin Baxter’s 15 points paced the Eagles (2-2, 1-1), who visit South Kortright on Dec. 12.
Walton 74, SW 47
Senior guard Colin Adam scored a game-high 21 points to lift Walton to a victory in the opening round of the Walton Tip-Off Tournament.
“He came out and hit some big shots for us, and that kind of loosened things up,” Walton coach Dave Gardepe said of Adam, who made two three-pointers and finished 5-for-7 at the foul line. “After the first quarter, we got into a nice flow.”
The Warriors held an 18-13 lead after one quarter en route to a 40-24 lead at halftime.
Cameron Murphy contributed 13 points in the season opener for Walton, which will play Tri-Valley for the title at 7 p.m. Friday.
Mark Castro’s 12 points paced Sullivan West, which will face Oxford at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the consolation game.
Edmeston 53, Franklin 20
Brandon Fallon scored 10 of his game-high 17 points in the third quarter to lead visiting Edmeston to a Tri-Valley League win.
Logan Vibbard and Clayton Lyon contributed 13 and 12 points, respectively, for the Panthers (3-0), who led by 14 points at halftime.
“They’re really big and really fast,” Franklin coach Darryl Beers said of the Panthers.
Derek Beers finished with 12 points, including three three-pointers, for Franklin (1-2, 0-1), which visits Morris on Friday.
Worcester 50, Morris 37
Tim Mould scored nine of his varsity-high 27 points in the second quarter to lead host Worcester to a Tri-Valley League victory.
Mould also finished with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and a block for the Wolverines, who led by 15 points at halftime.
“We played a great defensive game today,” Worcester coach Jim Kenyon said.
Devin Adams contributed 13 points, including three three-pointers, for the Wolverines (1-1, 1-0), who host Milford on Friday.
Michael Murphy paced Morris with 18 points.
Davenport 63, Jefferson 27
Andre Dewitt finished with a game-high 15 points to lead Davenport to a Delaware League victory on the road.
Josh Davi contributed 11 points and Kyle Moorby and Mike Libby finished with 10 apiece for the Wildcats (3-0), who took a 27-16 lead into halftime.
“They kept the pressure on in the second half,” Jefferson coach Rick Cammer said.
Nate Jonker and James Quagliano paced the J-Hawks with six points apiece.
Jefferson (0-3, 0-3) hosts Roxbury today.
H-T 43, Roxbury 40
Dylan Legg’s winning shot with under a minute to play helped host Hunter-Tannersville pull out a Delaware League victory.
Legg, who finished with 17 points, dribbled the length of the court before shooting from close range to give H-T a 41-40 lead. Roxbury then turned the ball over before fouling Mike Tancredi, who missed the front end of a 1-and-1 opportunity. Teammate Jake Davis grabbed the rebound, though, and drew a foul to set up the final points as he made both shots.
Jordan Coiro hit three three-pointers for all nine of his points for the Wildcats (2-1, 1-0), who host Davenport on Tuesday.
Matt Faraci scored 10 of his game-high 22 points in the second quarter to pace Roxbury, who led, 40-37, with 1:30 left. Faraci finished with three three-pointers and William Rendler scored nine points for the Rockets.
JC 56, Sidney 54
Chris Carpentiere capped a game-high 21-point performance with the winning shot in overtime to give host Johnson City a non-league victory at home.
Carpentiere’s shot broke a 51-all tie a minute into overtime to make it 53-51, giving the Wildcats the lead for keeps.
Kelsey Decker finished with 17 points to lead Sidney, which led by eight with five minutes to play in the fourth quarter.
“We played well in stretches, but they pressed us hard in the fourth quarter,” Sidney coach Brad Aldrich said.
Jolene Krom contributed 14 points, including four three-pointers, and Jenna McDonald finished with nine for the Warriors (0-2), who host Greene next Wednesday.