Oneonta High has nowhere to go but up.
Alec Picinich’s nine points marked the Yellowjackets’ best offensive effort Friday as host OHS fell, 43-30, to Seton Catholic Central in the consolation game of the Anthony C. Drago Boys Basketball Tournament.
“We were down three at the half, but we just didn’t get anything going,” said OHS coach Jerry Mackey, whose team opened the season Tuesday with a 52-42 loss to Johnson City in the first round of the Drago Tournament. “They did a good job pressuring our guards (in the third quarter) and we turned it over a bunch of possessions in a row. That’s not a good recipe for offensive efficiency.”
The Saints (1-1) took a 19-16 lead into halftime, then outscored Oneonta, 18-11, in the third period. David George scored seven of his game-high 19 points in the third quarter for Seton, which also received seven of all-tournament selection Patrick Gosney’s nine points in the period.
SCC reserve Michael Korchak also had nine points, all before halftime.
Mitchel Couch scored seven points for the second straight game for OHS, which received five from all-tournament pick Noah Sheehan.
“Hopefully, this is something we can fix,” said Mackey, whose Jackets were held to three points — all from the free throw line — in the fourth quarter. “The sooner, the better.”
Oneonta is off until Dec. 4, when it opens its Southern Tier Athletic Conference schedule at Windsor.
Seton CC 43, Oneonta 30
SETON CATHOLIC CENTRAL (1-1): David George 6 6-6 19, Robert Olsen 0 0-0 0, Patrick Gosney 4 0-2 9, Michael Korchak 2 5-6 9, Grant Eggleston 0 0-0 0, Nathan Whitman 1 0-0 2, Cody O’Neil 0 0-0 0, Brian Hartrick 2 0-0 4, Casey Kane 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 15 11-14 43.
ONEONTA (0-2): Skylar Thompson 1 0-0 2, Ben Southern 0 0-0 0, Mike Wolstenholme 0 0-0 0, Paul Bischoff 0 3-4 3, Noah Sheehan 2 0-0 5, Thomas Slicer 1 0-0 2, Kevin Smith 0 0-0 0, Trevor Wolf-Gould 0 2-2 2, Taharen Williams 0 0-0 0, Mitchel Couch 3 1-2 7. TOTALS: 10 9-12 30.
Oneonta 9 7 11 3 — 30
Seton Catholic 7 12 18 6 — 43
Three-point field goals: O 1 (Sheehan); S 2 (George, Gosney).
JV consolation: Oneonta def. Seton.
Ernie Davis Classic
Oneonta High senior defensive back Jonathan Vega intercepted a pass in the end zone Wednesday, helping the East secure a 21-6 victory over the West in the 23rd
annual Ernie Davis Classic at Union-Endicott’s Ty Cobb Stadium.
Vega’s pick came on a fourth-down play in the third quarter as the East improved its all-time record against the West in the Section Four senior showcase to 16-7.
Delhi tight end Austin Gullow contributed a 15-yard catch that gave the East a first down at the 1-yard line and set up its second touchdown of the first period.
Harpursville’s Tim Petras coached the East squad, which included Bainbridge-Guilford’s Jacob Mazzarella; Oneonta’s Taharen Williams; Sidney’s Collin Brandl and Nate McDonald; Unadilla Valley’s Kody Homann; Unatego’s Tyler Butler, Derek Liner and David VanAlstine; and Walton's Mike Hogan.
Cooperstown senior defender Alannah Haggerty and junior forward Maggie Hall earned First Team All-Star honors from the Center State Conference for the 2012 girls soccer season. Haggerty also made the Section Three All-Star Team.
The CSC recognized seniors Julie Dykstra, a midfielder, and defender Noelle Palmer as Second-Team All-Stars in Division III for the Redskins (8-8-1).
Minnie Webster completed her senior varsity girls soccer season last Sunday, when Oneonta High lost the Class B state final, 3-1 in overtime, to Greece-Odyssey. A list of OHS seniors that ran as part of the championship game story in Monday’s edition of The Daily Star did not include reserve Webster because of an oversight by the reporter.