The Daily Star
---- — STAFF REPORT
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.
Decker had seven of his game-high 22 points in the third quarter, when the Mustangs extended a four-point halftime lead to 40-24.
“They were getting pretty easy looks,” Laurens coach Andy Carr said of Morris’ third-quarter dominance. “(Decker and DeLuca) were getting inside the paint and hitting chip shots. Those kids are good players, no doubt about it. They’ll go as far as those two take them.”
Coby Myers contributed eight points, including a three-pointer at the end of the first quarter and another during Morris’ big third quarter.
Mitchell Barra had 10 points and six rebounds to lead Morris (1-3, 0-2), which received eight rebounds from Bryan Segina.
The Mustangs will play Worcester at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in a first-round game of the Lee Fisher Tournament at Davenport.
Windham 31, Roxbury 24
David Saunders and Jeremy Torres combined for all 11 of Windham’s fourth-quarter points as the host Warriors rallied for a Delaware League victory.
Saunders, who also grabbed 10 rebounds, scored six of his game-high 12 points in the final quarter, including 4-for-4 from the free throw line over the final 1:30 to seal it.
Torres had all five of his points over the final eight minutes, when Windham outscored Roxbury, 11-3.
The Warriors (2-3, 2-3) travel to Gilboa on Jan. 3.
Spencer Hinkley had six points to lead Roxbury.
Stamford 61, Gilboa 49
Stamford senior Erik Ehrhart scored a game-high 21 points, including 14-for-17 from the free throw line, as the host Indians won in the Delaware League.
“Erik is playing like a senior. He really controlled the offense for us tonight,” Stamford coach Greg O’Connell said.
Ehrhart contributed six assists and went 6-for-7 at free throw line in the fourth quarter.
Greg Mattice contributed eight points and 12 rebounds, and Dustin King had his varsity-high of 14 points for Stamford.
“We just lost to Gilboa by 12 points two weeks ago, so I am very pleased with the effort and the way we executed tonight,” O’Connell said.
Gilboa was led by Tyler Latta’s 13 points.
Stamford (4-1, 3-0) will host Roxbury in a non-league contest Thursday.
Cooperstown 57, Mt. Markham 50
Ethan Bliss scored 22 points to lead visiting Cooperstown to a Center State Conference victory.
Bliss hit four three-pointers.
Sophomore Jack Donnelly contributed seven points, including the go-ahead basket with a minute left. Donnelly also went 3-for-3 from the free throw line in the final minute to seal it.
“We are coming along,” said Cooperstown coach Dave Bertram, who lost all five starters to graduation from last season’s team that advanced to the Class C state semifinals. “We are young, but I like what I am seeing.”
Noah Sims had 12 points for Cooperstown (2-3, 1-2), which will host Hamilton on Thursday.
Unadilla Valley 63, Walton 41
David Dufresne scored 19 points and Nate Shackelton contributed 13 as visiting Unadilla Valley cruised to victory in the Midstate Athletic Conference.
Walton received 15 points and 10 rebounds from Dalton Kaminsky _ back from a broken arm suffered during the football season.
The Warriors (0-5) will travel to Sidney on Friday.
Delhi 53, Afton 49
Ben Denison and Brandon Simonds combined for six three-pointers and 39 points to lead Delhi to a road win in the Midstate athletic conference.
Denison and Simonds each hit key three-point field goals that helped stretch a one-point Bulldog lead at halftime to nine points by the end of the third quarter. Denison finished with 20 points, one more than Simonds.
Afton never got closer than four points in the fourth quarter.
Rick Parsons paced the Crimson Knights with 11 points and also contributed nine rebounds, four assists, and four steals. Mitch Decker had 10 points.
Afton (2-6, 1-4) is off until they play at Greene on Jan. 5.
Sidney 79, Hancock 28
Bill Kozak had 21 points, 15 coming in the first quarter, to lead Sidney to a road win in the Midstate Athletic Conference.
The Warriors led, 27-6, after one quarter and 48-11 at the half.
Mike Ward chipped in 10 points for Sidney. Brandon Walters, Mike Cruz, and Joe Matzel scored eight apiece.
Eli Holton scored 16 for the Wildcats (0-5, 0-3), who’ll face South Kortright it the Laurens Tournament on Dec. 29.