Alec Picinich scored 12 points Tuesday to lead an all-new starting five for the Oneonta High boys basketball team, which fell, 52-42, to visiting Johnson City in the season-opening Anthony C. Drago Tournament.
“We’ve got a long way to go,” said Oneonta’s Jerry Mackey, coaching his first basketball game two days after leading the Yellowjackets girls soccer team to a runner-up finish in the Class B state final. “We missed a lot of shots we feel confident we’ll make at some points this season.”
Oneonta lost seven seniors to graduation, including starters Bryce Wooden, Mike Calkins, David Wright, Sean Getman, Ryne Rivino and Ben Payton. Picinich joined fellow senior Mitchel Couch, juniors Paul Bischoff and Mike Wolstenholme, and sophomore Skylar Thompson in the Jackets starting five Tuesday.
Mackey said the 6-foot-6 Couch left with his second foul early in the second quarter, when the Wildcats went on a 19-10 run to take a 33-23 lead into halftime.
“That hurt us,” Mackey said. “He was controlling the glass pretty good.”
Point guard Thompson finished with nine points, including two of Oneonta’s four three-pointers. Couch, who finished with three fouls, and Noah Sheehan contributed seven points apiece.
“He’s a sophomore who played pretty well for us tonight and gave us some points off the bench in the first half,” Mackey said of Sheehan, who scored all seven of his points in the second quarter. “Overall for the first night, there are things we can certainly build upon. But it’s nice to get going.”
Max Marshall sank three threes en route to a game-high 13 points for Johnson City, which received 11 points from Quinton Johnson.
The Wildcats will play Ithaca in the Drago championship game at 7:15 p.m. Friday. OHS and Seton Catholic Central will meet in the consolation game at 5:30 p.m. Friday. All four teams play in the Southern Tier Athletic Conference.