The Daily Star
---- — Oneonta High’s boys know their pain this season and it is Norwich.
The Yellowjackets, 11-0 against teams not named Norwich, lost for the second time this season to the host Purple Tornado on Tuesday.
Mike Sutton scored a game-high 24 points in Norwich’s 65-42 Southern Tier Athletic Conference basketball victory.
“I feel like in stretches we can present some problems, but realistically, Norwich is too experienced and they’re too comfortable with who does what role,” said OHS coach Jerry Mackey, whose team fell, 55-48, to Norwich in early December. “Each guy knows his responsibility. We’re still trying to figure that out.”
Unbeaten Norwich, the defending Section Four Class B champion, led, 29-23, at halftime and then outscored the Yellowjackets, 21-10, in the third quarter.
Sutton had seven points in the quarter. He was one of five Norwich players to score in the third period.
“They hurt us on the glass a little bit, but in hindsight, I put us in bad spots with our zone slides,” Mackey said of the third quarter. “I’ll take responsibility for that. We fought our way to get to 29-23 at halftime and we felt as if we had righted the ship. I tried to move a few things around, but I haven’t gotten them to understand what we’re trying accomplish on offense or defense. I’ll take responsibility for that. We have enough time to get things improved before sectionals.”
For the second time this season, OHS standout Jordan Gutierrez was held to single digits in scoring. Both times it has come against Norwich. Gutierrez, averaging better than 26 points, finished with nine.
Mackey said Gutierrez was whistled for a pair of early fouls.
“Norwich was about to pull away, so we rolled the dice and put him back in there,” Mackey said of Gutierrez, who scored seven points the first time the teams played. “He played with two fouls the rest of the half and did some good things.
“There were certain times he was getting open when we didn’t get him the ball,” he continued. “Overall, we didn’t set good enough screens. I’ll make sure we address that.”
Albert Odero had 10 points and Paul Bischoff finished with eight points for OHS (11-2, 7-2), which will host Chenango Valley on Jan. 31.
Michael Oralls contributed 11 points for Norwich.
Laurens 56, G-MU 39
Mitchell Barra led all scores with 16 points and Edwin Rivera contributed 10 to lead visiting Laurens in the Tri-Valley League.
The Leopards bolted to a 36-13 lead at halftime.
Christopher Cole led the Gilbertsville-Mount Upton (1-12, 1-9) with 12 points.
G-MU will travel to Edmeston on Friday.
H-T 45, Margaretville 44
Hunter-Tannersville erased a 25-19 halftime defecit to defeat visiting Margaretville in the Delaware League.
Jake Davis tied the score at 44 by hitting a three-pointer with 38 seconds left.
After a timeout, the Wildcats (4-7, 3-5) forced a miss before Elijah Ruoff was fouled. Ruoff hit a go-ahead free throw.
Davis finished with 11 points. Teammate Mike Tancredi scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the victory.
H-T coach Chris Glennon credited the victory to his team’s defense in limiting opportunities for the Blue Devils guards.
The Wildcats also went 7-for-9 from the line in the decisive fourth-quarter.
Margaretville received nine points each from Eric Mathiesen and Cooper Reither.
H-T will host Downsville on Thursday.
Stamford 81, Windham 44
Matt Anderson’s game-high 28 points included three-pointers as visiting Stamford won in the Delaware League.
Geoff Mattice contributed 15 points, Greg Keating scored 14, and Gregg Mattice had 11 for the Indians.
David Saunders scored 16 for the Warriors, who trailed, 49-27, at halftime.
Windham (3-8, 2-7) will travel to South Kortright on Thursday.
Edmeston 65, Franklin 26
Edmeston’s Linton Wainright scored 19 points to lead all scorers in Edmeston’s Tri-Valley Leage victory at home.
The Panthers (14-0, 10-0) created a number of turnovers in the first quarter when they went up, 21-3.
Edmeston also received 14 points from Logan Vibbard. Nick DeVries grabbed nine rebounds to go with his six points.
Derek Beers led Franklin with 17 points.
Edmeston hosts G-MU on Friday.
Gilboa 65, Downsville 51
Christian Cooper had a game-high 27 points to lead visiting Gilboa to a Delaware League win.
Gilboa also received 18 points from Zach Perry and 11 points from Hunter Grace.
The Eagles (5-8, 3-7) were led by Justin Baxter’s 18 points and five assists. David Doig had 12 points, and Billy Smith finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Downsville will travel to Hunter-Tannersville on Thursday.
RS 57, Schenevus 49
Host Richfield Springs hit a season-high 10 three-pointers – half coming from Tommy Worobey – to beat Schenevus in the Tri-Valley League.
“They played a pretty tough zone,” RS coach Bill Stevens said. “They did a good job on (Roman) Hula inside, but it left a lot of open looks on the perimeter.”
Worobey finished with a game-high 22 points. He hit four three-pointers in the first half and the Indians finished with six threes before halftime in taking a 32-23 lead.
Kyle Mower contributed nine points for RS (5-7, 3-6), which will travel to Cherry Valley-Springfield on Friday.
Jacob Darling and Robert Burton had 12 and 10 points, respectively, for Schenevus.
B-G 60, Greene 25
Zach Wentlent scored all but four of his game-high 18 points in the first half to lead host Greene to a Midstate Athletic Conference victory.
Josh Hurlburt contributed 10 points for the Trojans, who led, 35-4, at halftime.
Dylan Moffitt, Bailey Green and Mike Carlin scored five points apiece for Bainbridge-Guilford (1-12), which will host Sidney on Thursday.
Milford 62, CV-S 34
Peyton Griffiths scored eight of his 12 points in the first quarter to lead once-beaten Milford to a Tri-Valley League victory on the road.
Teammate Jacob Tabor also finished with 12 points and Will Ward contributed 11 for the Wildcats, who led, 43-13, at halftime.
Wyatt Crowley and Dustin Collins paced Cherry Valley-Springfield with 12 points apiece. Crowley finished with six assists.
CV-S (7-6, 5-4) will host Richfield Springs on Friday for their Coaches vs. Cancer fundraiser.
SK 69, Roxbury 40
Freshman Tyler Lamport scored 15 of his varsity-high 26 points in the first quarter to lead host South Kortright to a Delaware League victory.
“He was hitting some shots as well as finishing on the break,” SK coach Bob VanValkenburgh said of Lamport. Teammate Ty Magnan contributed 16 points, including four three-pointers, for the Rams, who also recieved 12 points from Griff Metzko.
Matt Faraci paced Roxbury with 11 points. Will Rendler and Patrick Hanrahan finished with eight points each for the Rockets.
SK (11-3, 7-3) will host Windham on Thursday.
Unatego 51, Sidney 41
Kellen Komenda scored 10 of his game-high 20 points in the first quarter to lead visiting Unatego to a Midstate Athletic Conference victory.
“They got off to a quick start on us,” Sidney coach Mike Brazee said of his team’s 17-9 deficit after one quarter.
Tanner Winchester contributed nine points for the Spartans, who led, 27-20, at halftime.
Wyatt McKee’s basket with four minutes left in the fourth quarter tied the scored at 36 for Sidney.
But Unatego responded with a 15-5 run to end the game. Komenda had eight points in the final quarter.
Nick Meno finished with 12 points, and McKee and Bill Kozak scored 11 points apiece for Sidney (6-6, 6-2), which will play at Bainbridge-Guilford on Thursday.
West Canada 60, Cooperstown 41
Christian Alexander scored all 15 of his points in the third quarter, but visiting Cooperstown fell in the Center State Conference.
“We were off beat from the start and they came out focused and ready to play,” said Cooperstown coach Dave Bertram, whose team was outscored, 25-2, in the first quarter.
Robert Davenport led a balanced West Canada Valley attack with 12 points. Teammate Alex Williams finished with 10.
Cooperstown (7-7) will play at Herkimer on Thursday.
Harpursville 55, Afton 51
Devon Dean and John Andrews scored 18 points apiece to lead visiting Harpursville to a Midstate Athletic Conference victory.
Darien Heath led Afton with 18 points, including three three-pointers, and teammate Kyle Hinman contributed 15 for the Crimson Knights.
Afton (6-7, 3-6) will host Oxford on Friday.
UV 54, Oxford 35
Brett Hanslmaier scored 14 points to lead visiting Unadilla Valley to a Midstate Athletic Conference victory.
Teammates David Dufresne and Nick White contributed 10 points apiece for the Storm. White scored eight points in the first quarter as UV opened a 19-9 lead. Dufresne finished with 10 rebounds and four steals.
Cameron Heggie paced Oxford with a game-high 16 points, including two three-pointers.
UV (10-3, 7-1) will host Greene on Thursday.