Things are looking up for Oneonta High, even though it fell short in a boys basketball game Friday.
Jacob Mykytyn returned from a fall-season injury and scored a team-best 22 points for the Yellowjackets, but visiting Chenango Valley prevailed, 60-53, in a Southern Tier Athletic Conference game.
“We all feel much better about where we are now than three weeks ago,” OHS coach Jerry Mackey said. “And we’ll feel better about it three weeks from now.”
Mackey said Mykytyn broke his left foot and left wrist in an October motorcycle accident and was cleared to play his first game of the season Friday. He matched teammate Skylar Thompson (14 points) with four three-pointers for OHS (2-4), which lost all of its starters from last season to graduation and was three injured players down Friday night.
Zach Collins scored a game-high 26 points for the Warriors, who received 19 from Chris Ruffo.
“CV’s tough because they have two great players,” Mackey said. “We defended them pretty well, but they still got 26 and 19 points.”
Oneonta, which trailed, 28-27, at halftime, visits Chenango Forks on Tuesday.
SK 65, Gilboa 60
Trevor Holdridge scored a game-high 37 points to lead visiting South Kortright to a Delaware League victory.
Holdridge scored 20 points in the second half, helping the Rams (3-2) rally from a 32-31 deficit at halftime.
Teammates Anthony Salcido and Griff Metzko contributed 11 points apiece. Holdridge hit four three-pointers and Salcido made three.
Zak Perry scored a team-high 16 points, Christian Cooper had 15 points and 15 rebounds, and Hunter Grace contributed 11 points for Gilboa (3-3, 0-2), which visits Stamford on Tuesday.
H-T 55, C-A 44
Zach Mudge finished with a game-high 24 points, 10 rebounds, six steals and five assists to lead host Hunter-Tannersville to a non-league victory over Coxsackie-Athens.
Mudge scored 21 points in the first half, which ended with the Wildcats (3-2) ahead, 36-22.
Dylan Legg scored 15 points for Hunter-Tannersville, which hosts Jefferson on Monday.
Dylan Donovan had a team-high 18 points for Coxsackie-Athens.
Morris 56, Worcester 19
Levi Decker scored a team-high 16 points and had six assists to lead host Morris to a Tri-Valley League victory.
Mike DeLuca contributed 11 points for Morris (3-0, 2-0), who visit Brookfield on Monday.
J.T. Horne scored a team-high nine points for Worcester, which trailed, 17-5, after one quarter.
RS 70, Franklin 23
Steven Holland hit four three-pointers for all 12 of his points as host Richfield Springs cruised to a Tri-Valley League victory.
Keegan Wheelock-Tanner also scored 12 for the Indians (3-0, 2-0), who visit Edmeston on Wednesday.
Alex Brownell made three threes and finished with 11 points to pace the Purple Devils (1-3, 0-2).
Downsville 60, Jefferson 52
Justin Baxter scored 10 of his game-high 22 points in the second quarter, when host Downsville took control of its Delaware League victory.
The Eagles (1-3, 1-1) outscored Jefferson, 17-12, in the second period for a 27-21 halftime lead, then followed with an 18-10 advantage in the third quarter.
John Quagliano and James Reeves scored 14 points apiece to pace the J-Hawks.
Downsville visits Davenport on Tuesday.
UV 59, Delhi 41
Justin Hofer made three three-pointers for nine of his team-best 17 points, leading host Unadilla Valley to a victory in its Midstate Athletic Conference opener.
Hofer also had seven rebounds and five steals for the Storm (1-3, 1-0), who received 10 points and 10 rebounds from David Dufresne.
“We really spread it out in the first half,” said UV coach Matt Osborne, whose team got eight points from Dufresne, seven from Hofer and five from Kurt Haycook before intermission. “In the second quarter, we picked up the pressure a little bit more and made some open shots, which we didn’t do the first three games this season.”
Brandon Simonds’ 20 points included five threes for the Bulldogs, who trailed, 37-16, at halftime.
The Storm visit Walton on Tuesday.
Sidney 48, Greene 34
Joe Matzel finished with a team-high 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead visiting Sidney to a victory in its Midstate Athletic Conference opener.
“That’s two games in a row he’s played well,” said Sidney coach Mike Brazee, who also received for blocks and four assists from 6-foot-3 senior forward Matzel. “We kind of turned things around after the second quarter. We stepped it up and held them to 13 points after halftime. We just started executing better and once we got the lead, they tried to play us man-to-man and they couldn’t guard us.”
Bill Kozak contributed 11 points for the Warriors (3-1, 1-0), who are at Hancock on Tuesday.
Dan Treadwell scored 12 of his game-high 20 points in the second quarter for Greene (1-2, 0-1) which hosts Owego on Monday.
Robert Burton had a season high 24 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, to help Schenevus to a Tri-Valley League win at home.
Schenevus center Kevin Weinert finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds, seven steals and two blocks despite fouling out early in the fourth quarter.
“The kids really stepped up to plate,” Schenevus coach Kerry Mason said. “John Roach had to leave in the first half with a head injury (possible concussion) and Weinert fouled out, but they kept playing hard. Edmeston never gave up pressing us the whole game, but we just kept our composure no matter what happened.”
Burton hit 6 of 9 free throws in the fourth quarter. He also scored 10 points in the first quarter, when the Dragons built a 22-7 lead.
“At the end of the game, we set screens for him every time down the floor,” Mason said “He knew he would have the ball, and he made it count. It was huge. He knows we want him to have the ball when the game is on the line. I’m pretty proud of him.”
Schenevus (2-2, 2-0) hosts Worcester on Monday.
Mitch Hull, Kyle Short and Ryan Sanford scored in double figures as Margaretville rode a 25- 6 first quarter to a Delaware League victory on the road.
Sanford led all scorers with 15 points, Hull had 14 and Short finished with 12 for Margaretville (5-1, 3-1).
David Saunders scored nine points to lead Windham (1-3, 1-3), which hosts Roxbury on Tuesday.
CV-S 58, Laurens 37
Kyle Jaquay scored 26 points and Cherry Valley-Springfield hit nine three-pointers to win at home in the Tri-Valley League.
“We were really moving the ball around well, getting good shots,” CV-S coach Terry Brant said. “We came out on fire in the first half. We got seven of our nine three-pointers in that half.”
Laurens, which was led by Mitchell Barra’s 17 points, cut the CV-S lead in half in the third quarter.
“I give Laurens a lot of credit,” Brant said. “We were up 16 at halftime, but we came out flat and they cut the lead in half and got back in the game.”
David Fraser contributed 12 points for Laurens.
Jake Ostrander, who scored in double figures for the first time at the varsity level, had 13 points for CV-S (3-1, 1-1), which is at Gilbertsville-Mount Upton on Wednesday.
Milford 56, G-MU 21
Peyton Griffiths scored 19 points as Milford won a Tri-Valley League game at home.
Milford led, 32-13, at halftime and held G-MU to two points in the fourth quarter.
“We had nine guys score tonight,” Milford coach Frank Spurchise said. “That’s always a good thing to see.”
Tim French scored nine points to lead G-MU.
Milford (3-1, 2-0) plays Laurens in the first round of the Laurens Christmas Tournament on Dec. 28. That game will count in the Tri-Valley League standings.