Wooden, McGraw Combine For 40; Yellowjackets Too Much For The Tornado

By: Meagan Schulz

Boys Basketball action from the county

ONEONTA – Norwich fell behind 9-0 in the early minutes of the game on the road against long-time rival Oneonta Tuesday night. The Purple Tornado were unable to catch the Yellowjackets throughout the remainder of the contest as Oneonta avenged their early season loss to Norwich, 61-41.

The Yellowjackets’ Teddy McGraw and Graham Wooden combined for 40 of the home team’s 61 points on senior night.

“Wooden and McGraw just took it to us,” said Norwich head coach Tom Collier. “We had no response.”

Oneonta ended the first quarter leading 13-6 and extended the margin to 11 by the intermission break.

Norwich came out of the break, mounting some offense as they turned to Skylar Wenzel – their big man in the middle.

“Once we got the ball into Skylar we were able to compete,” Collier said. Wenzel ended the night as the only Purple Tornado in the scoring column with double figures, finishing with 11 points.

The Tornado pulled within seven points in the third but Wooden drained back-to-back 3-pointers for the Yellowjackets, ending the Norwich run.

Wooden led all scorers with 21 points while McGraw added with 19. Khi Atchinson aided in the Oneonta win, kicking in 15 points.

Mujuni Mutabiilwa chipped in nine points for the Norwich offense while Thomas Flanagan added eight in the loss.

“Offensively, we never go into sync and our execution wasn’t the best,” said Collier. “In the end, we need to learn from this and be able to rebound. It doesn’t get any easier on Thursday as we go to Seton.

“We have struggled all year on the road to mount any consistent attack offensively. We need to be able to overcome our timidness and execute and compete the way we know we can.”

Norwich’s game against Seton is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start time at Seton Catholic High School.

Oneonta 61, Norwich 41

Norwich 6 9 13 13 – 41

Oneonta 13 13 20 15 – 61

Norwich: Drew Walsh 0 0-0 0, Mujuni Mutabiilwa 4 0-0 9, Carson Maynard 2 1-2 5, Marcus Cashman 1 0-0 3, Thomas Flanagan 3 0-0 8, Carson Thornton 0 0-0 0, Brayden Supensky 0 0-0 0, J.T. Vinal 2 1-2 5, Shane Lawrence 0 0-0 0, Jahlil Jones 0 0-0 0, Jon Clarke 0 0-0 0, Skylar Wenzel 5 1-2 11. TOTALS 24 5-6 58.

Oneonta: Isaac Medina 0 0-0 0, Teddy McGraw 7 4-9 19, Graham Wooden 9 1-4 21, Mariano Hernandez 1 0-0 2, Alex Osterhoudt 1 0-0 2, Khysani Atkinson 0 0-0 0, Evan Sitts 0 0-0 0, Khi Atchinson 6 1-2 15, Brad Morell 1 0-0 2, Zyeir Lawrence 0 0-0 0, Ryan Packard 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 25 6-11 61.

Fouled out: None. 3-point goals: (N) Flanagan 2, Cashman 1, Mutabiilwa 1; (O) Wooden 2, Atchinson 2, McGraw 1.

Unadilla Valley 56, Harpursville 39

HARPURSVILLE – Leading 24-3 after the first quarter, Unadilla Valley cruised to a 56-39 Midstate Athletic Conference win Monday night.

The Storm jumped out to the early lead behind Andrew Jackson’s seven points while Levi Rifanburg and Cameron Osborne each added six points, combining for 19 of UV’s 24 first-quarter points.

Seeing limited action in the first and third quarters of play only, Jackson finished with 10 points while dishing out eight assists. He also grabbed six boards off the glass.

Rifanburg and Osborne, who also saw less playing time in the contest, each added one more basket to to score eight points each.

As Unadilla Valley head coach Matt Osborne went to his bench for most of the game, all but two players scored for the Storm with Dom Anderson leading the way with six points. Wyatt Grey, Dylan Nichols and Blaine Rifanburg each scored five points.

Harpursville closed out the game with a 20 point fourth quarter. Zach Fynboe scoed all eight of his points in the high scoring quarter for the Hornets. Teammate Brandon Goodnow tallied six in the final eight minutes of play, ending the night with 16 points to lead all scorers. .

The Storm hosts Oxford on Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. Prior to the start of the contest, coach Osborne will honor his seniors of the 2018-2019 season.

Unadilla Valley 56, Harpursville 39

UV 24 12 12 8 – 56

Harp 3 10 6 20 – 39

Unadilla Valley: Andrew Jackson 4 0-0 10, Tom Gillette 1 0-0 2, Dan Anderson 2 0-2 6, Dylan Nichols 2 0-0 5, Caleb Parker 0 0-0 0, Spencer Meade 0 2-3 2, Levi Rifanburg 4 0-2 8, Blaine Rifanburg 2 1-3 5, Isaiah Karkoff 1 0-0 2, Wyatt Grey 2 0-0 5, Cameron Osborne 4 0-0 8, Devon Fairchild 1 0-1 2, Tim Postma 0 0-2 0, McCoy Davis 0 1-2 1 . TOTALS: 24 3-13 56.

Harpursville: Brandon Hoover 1 0-0 3, Zach Fynboe 4 0-1 8, Derek Bradtke 2 0-0 4, Eric Wilkinson 3 2-4 8, Harry Dibble 0 0-2 0, Riley Livermore 0 0-2 0, Brandon Goodnow 7 2-5 16. TOTALS: 17 4-14 39.

3-point goals: (UV) Jackson 2, Anderson 2, Nichols, Grey; (H) Hoover 1.

Franklin 51, Oxford 48

FRANKLIN – Trailing by 13 at the end of the third quarter of action, Oxford attempted a comeback against Franklin on Monday night with 23 points scored in the final eight minutes of play. However, the late-game rally fell just short as Franklin earn the victory over the visiting Blackhawks, 51-48.

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