Oneonta High boys basketball coach Jerry Mackey called on Alec Picinich, Noah Sheehan, Kevin Smith, Mike Wolstenholme and Paul Bischoff to make a difference Friday during the opening round of the Unadilla Valley Tournament.
“We just laid it on the line at halftime,” said Macke, whose team turned a five-point halftime deficit into a 58-39 victory over Oxford. “I said, ‘You’re supposed to be playing for the name on the front of the jersey and if you’re not going to do it, it’s just a waste of time.’ I put five names on the board and they gave us good energy.
“We played point guard by committee and they changed the energy level,” he continued.
The Yellowjackets outscored Oxford, 35-11, after halftime to secure a spot in the championship game opposite Sherburne-Earlville at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Picinich scored a game-high 23 points and guarded Oxford standout Andrew Golden for most of the night. Golden finished with 20 points.
“He pretty much played Golden straight up,” Mackey said. “It was a good individual matchup. Alec has come a long way with his game. He can stretch out to the three-point line. He still has bouts struggling at the free throw line, but he could be good for 16-to-18 a night for us. He’s provided us with some on-court leadership.”
Wolstenholme had nine points, Bischoff chipped in seven, and Smith and Skylar Thompson had six apiece for OHS (3-5).
S-E 39, UV 33
Justin Hofer scored 13 points, but the Storm lost in the first round of their Unadilla Valley Tournament.
“We shot 4-for-25 in first half, and finished 12-for-44,” UV coach Matt Osborne said, “and a lot of those were shots in the paint that we should have made.”
Osborne said Marauders post players Sam Caton and Kevin Vibbard were impressive on defense.