Alec Picinich went 8-for-8 at the free throw line Monday en route to a game-high 20 points and MVP honors for the Oneonta High boys basketball team, which beat Sherburne-Earlville, 57-48, in the championship game of the Unadilla Valley Tournament.
“It was a two-possession game for most of the fourth quarter,” OHS coach Jerry Mackey said. “We made our free throws and got the win.”
Picinich contributed to Oneonta’s 15-for-21 effort at the foul line by going 6-for-6 in a 16-all fourth quarter.
Picinich scored seven points in the first quarter, which ended with Oneonta ahead, 19-6. Teammate Skylar Thompson contributed six of his season-best 19 points in the opening period and earned all-tournament honors.
Paul Bischoff contributed 12 points for the Jackets, who learned Monday that senior center Mitchel Couch has been cleared to return from an ankle injury suffered last month.
“We will start working him out and he should be back soon.” Mackey said.
Austin Jasper’s 20 points paced the Marauders, who faced a 28-23 deficit at halftime.
Jasper made the All-Tournament Team, along with teammate Mick Khoury, Unadilla Valley’s Justin Hofer and Andrew Golden of Oxford.
Oneonta (5-5) returns to Southern Tier Athletic Conference play on Wednesday, when the Jackets travel to Seton Catholic Central.
Stamford 50, Downsville 25
Greg Mattice made 9 of 10 field goals for a game-high 19 rebounds, leading host Stamford to a victory in the Delaware League.
Mattice also grabbed 10 rebounds for the Indians (8-1, 5-0), who received 11 points from Matt Anderson.
Dayton Frey’s nine points paced the Eagles, who trailed, 21-2, after one quarter.
Stamford plays at Upper Delaware Division rival Hunter-Tannersville on Wednesday.
SK 45, Davenport 29
Trevor Holdridge scored a game-high 31 points to lead South Kortright to a non-conference victory at Delaware League rival Davenport.
“He played an outstanding game. He took over the first quarter,” Davenport coach Lee Fisher said of Holdridge, who scored all 10 of the Rams’ points in a 10-7 first quarter. “He’s a real leader. I was very impressed.”