Alec Picinich scored a game-high 24 points, but Oneonta High lost, 64-55, at Chenango Forks in a Southern Tier Athletic Conference boys basketball game Tuesday.
“A conservative estimate would be 30 turnovers against a team playing a three-quarter court press and dropping into a zone,” OHS coach Jerry Mackey said of his team’s troubles. “As good as we thought we looked last Friday (in a 60-53 loss to Chenango Valley), was as poorly as we looked tonight. If we don’t get things turned around in a hurry, .500 will be a distant memory.”
C.J. Melvin and Andrew Ziegenfus scored 21 and 14 points, respectively, for the Blue Devils, who led, 33-24, at halftime and maintained at least six-point cushion throughout the fourth quarter.
Picinich scored consistently, but Mackey said OHS’ guards did not get him enough touches.
“We had guys hovering behind the three-point line and chucking threes,” Mackey said. “The times when we put pressure on the defense were when were driving and looking for the best open shot. But too many times we settled for a lot of quick looks from three. It’s partly my fault because we’re not getting guys in spots where they can succeed.”
The Yellowjackets (2-5) played without Mitchel Couch (sprained ankle), Kevin Smith (concussion) and Noah Sheehan (flu).
“Those are all excuses if guys want to use them,” Mackey said. “The guys can choose to use them or they can collectively own it. We can start playing for each other or we can continue running up and down the floor as individuals.”
Paul Bischoff contributed 13 points for the Yellowjackets, who’ll play Oxford in a first-round game of the Unadilla Valley Tournament at 6 p.m. Dec. 27.
Morris 52, Laurens 33
Levi Decker and Mike DeLuca combined for 13 points during a 16-4 third-quarter run that lifted visiting Morris to a Tri-Valley League victory.