The Daily Star
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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.
“They have a couple of guys that are 6-foot-4, and they blocked a few of our shots early and got into our heads,” he said.
Caton led S-E with 11 points and Austin Jasper scored 10 points.
UV will play Oxford in the consolation game at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. S-E will oppose Oneonta in the championship game at 8 p.m.
Sidney 63, C-R 27
Bill Kozak scored a game-high 15 points and Sidney won in the first round of the Dick White Tournament at Cooperstown.
The Warriors outscored Cobleskill, 17-0, in the second quarter.
“We were playing man-to-man defense, and I think we figured out what they were doing offensively,” Sidney coach Mike Brazee said. “We disrupted their rhythm and had quite a few steals and we kept them from getting into their offense.”
Joe Matzel scored 11 points for Sidney (6-1, 3-0), which will play Fort Plain in the championship at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Damian Zimmer played his first game for the Warriors. Zimmer suffered a broken leg during Sidney’s 31-30 home loss to Chenango Forks during the football season. Zimmer had five points.
Brad Coeberle scored 10 points to lead Cobleskill, which plays Cooperstown in the consolation game at 6 p.m.
FP 65, Cooperstown 30
Host Cooperstown had a cold shooting night and fell in the first round of the Dick White Tournament.
“We could not buy a basket all night,” Redskins coach Dave Bertram said. “It was a combination of them playing good defense and us not making any baskets.”
Fort Plain held the area’s second leading scorer, Ethan Bliss, to a season-low nine points.
Cooperstown will play Cobleskill-Richmondville in the consolation game at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Windsor 64, Unatego 56
Ben Rivera and Josh Cady combined for 13 points in the fourth quarter as Windsor rallied for a first-round win in the Greene Showcase.
The Black Knights outscored the Spartans, 22-12, over the final eight minutes, including going 10-for-12 from the free throw line during that span.
“Their size was a major problem and we were undisciplined,” Unatego coach Jim Knight said. “We decided to bomb away from the three-point line and we’re not very good when we do that. I was not pleased with our effort.”
Cady finished with a game-high 15 points.
Kellen Komenda and Phil Youngs scored 13 points apiece for Unatego (4-3), which will play Chenango Forks or Greene in the consolation at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Milford 60, Laurens 47
Will Ward scored all but two of his 16 points in the second half, helping Milford to a first-round victory in the Pat Grasso Tournament at Laurens.
Ward hit all three of his three-pointer in the second half, including one with 1 minute, 12 seconds left. With Milford ahead by five and one second on the shot clock, Ward received an inbound and hit a hurried three to give Milford a 55-47 lead.
“That kind of broke our back,” Laurens coach Andy Carr said of Ward’s three.
Peyton Griffiths had a game-high 17 points, with 13 coming in the first half. Carr said he switched to a box-and-one on Griffiths in the second half, with Pheonix Howard and Josiah Wenck taking turns on Griffiths.
“We did a good job shutting (Griffiths) down, but we just didn’t close out good enough on the perimeter,” Carr said.
Blake Elliot contributed 10 points for Milford, which will play South Kortright in the final at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Mitchell Barra had 13 points, and Howard and Ryan Holmes scored 11 apiece for the Leopards (2-5, 1-3), who’ll play Hancock in the consolation game at 6 p.m.
SK 74, Hancock 54
Trevor Holdridge scored 23 points to lead South Kortright to a first-round victory over Hancock in the Pat Grasso Tournament at Laurens.
Anthony Salcido contributed 18 points – with 12 coming from behind the three-point arc – for the Rams (4-2).
“I’m happy with the offensive production tonight,” SK coach Bob VanValkenburgh said. “We had a lot of guys contribute offensively.”
Tyler Philips finished with a game-high 28 points, including four three-pointers, to lead Hancock (0-5).
The Rams will play Milford for the tournament championship at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Hancock and Laurens will meet in the consolation game at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Laurens will induct its Hall of Fame Class of 2012 between Saturday’s games.
CV-S 59, ODY 49
Isiah Montgomery and Kyle Jaquay had double-doubles to lead host Cherry Valley-Springfield to a first-round win in the CV-S Tournament.
Montgomery finished with 15 points and 15 rebounds for the Patriots (5-1), who received 12 points and 10 assists from Jaquay.
Wyatt Crowley contributed 15 points and Denzel Heyliger had 12 for CV-S, which padded its 29-24 halftime lead with a 12-4 third quarter.
“They’re really tough,” CV-S coach Terry Brant said of Owen D. Young. “They played us tough the whole game, but we went to man-to-man (defense) in the third quarter and frustrated them a little bit.”
The Patriots will play Richfield Springs in the championship game at 7:45 p.m. Saturday. Owen D. Young will face Sharon Springs in the consolation game at 6 p.m. Saturday.
RS 72, SS 25
Benjamin Smith scored 13 points and Roma Hula had 12 as Richfield Springs rolled to a first-round victory in the Cherry Valley-Springfield Tournament.
The Indians, who took a 41-13 lead into halftime, advanced to the championship game at 7:45 p.m. Saturday against Tri-Valley League rival CV-S.
Tyler Bianchine scored 10 points to pace Sharon Springs, which will meet Owen D. Young in the consolation game at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Margaretville 49, G-MU 15
Mitch Hull scored 12 of his game-high 19 points in the first half as Margaretville cruised to a first-round victory in the Downsville Tournament.
Ryan Sanford finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Blue Devils (6-1), who took a 29-6 lead into halftime. Margaretville will play for the championship at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
Tim French scored seven points to lead Gilbertsville-Mount Upton, which will play in the consolation game at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Stamford 55, Walton 41
Matt Anderson hit three three-pointers en route to a game-high 15 points to the lead the Indians to a non-league victory over host Walton.
Greg Keating contributed 13 points and Greg Mattice scored 10 for Stamford (6-1), which outscored the Warriors, 27-8, in the second half.
Eric Zimmerman (three threes) had 13 points and Dalton Kaminsky scored 11 for Walton.
Stamford visits Jefferson on Thursday.
Edmeston 46, Morris 35
Linton Wainwright scored nine of his game-high 19 points in the first quarter as Edmeston upset Morris in the first round of the Mustangs’ Ray Clement Tournament.
It marked Morris first loss of the season and the game counted in the Tri-Valley League standings.
The Panthers outscored Morris, 19-5, in the opening quarter.
“I knew they were going to be pretty good,” Morris coach Dave Sander said. “We did not come ready to play. They outhustled us.”
Morris cut the lead to five, 29-24 in the third quarter but drew no closer.
Mike DeLuca led Morris (4-1, 3-1) with 10 points. Edmeston held Levi Decker to five points.
“They played good defense,” Sander said. “They are quick. They got to the loose balls. They were on it better than we were. They started out in a (combination defense), but they didn’t stay with it long. They changed defenses a lot on us, and we were just stagnant. We stood around and watched a lot.”
Edmeston will play Mohawk in the championship game at 5 p.m. Saturday. The Mohicans beat Deposit, 69-35, in the other first round game. Morris will face Deposit in the consolation game at 2 p.m.