Unadilla Valley Holiday Tournament
Sherburne-Earlville 46, Norwich 45
NEW BERLIN – After a two-day stay in Section IV, Sherburne-Earlville returns to its league in Section III with its perfect record (11-0) still intact after nudging past Norwich in the finals of the UV Holiday Tournament Thursday.
Drew Doscher hit a three ball on the left wing with two minutes to play to raise the S-E lead to 44-40, and Jon Pinney netted a driving layup a minute later to make it a six-point edge.
Norwich had its chances forcing two S-E turnovers out of its full-court press in the final minute Robert Martin hit a three-pointer, and Amos Parry sunk two free throws with 23.7 seconds remaining.
Following the second S-E turnover, Norwich got off a shot from just inside the three-point lane that was off the mark with three seconds left.
“We were able to beat two teams, Sidney and Norwich, that are probably two of the more respected programs in our area,” said S-E coach Kevin Vibbard. “That bodes well for us the rest of the year because those are two really good teams.”
Martin scored a career-high 26 points for Norwich and had 10 in the last stanza to keep his team in the game. “Robert was the man today; he was the best player on the floor tonight,” said Norwich coach Mark Abbott, who suffered his first loss to S-E since the early years of his two-decade coaching tenure. “Our focus is to have a chance to win every game entering the fourth quarter. That’s a good team over there that plays hard, we just came up one point short.”
A Martin three ball just over two minutes into the game put Norwich on the board, and the Tornado did not trail again until the fourth quarter.
S-E scored the first six points of the fourth to move in front for the first time since canning the game’s opening basket. Garrett Porack hit a jumper, Pinney scored after a steal, and Wilson Rose connecting on a driving layup.
Pinney and Doscher led S-E with 11 points apiece and Gabe Fowler scored 10.
Sidney 48, Unadilla Valley 22
Sidney held Unadilla Valley to 15 percent shooting (6-for-40) to win the consolation game Thursday afternoon.
All-tournament pick, Darrin Martindale, scored 18 points to lead Sidney, who led 34-11 at halftime. “We had some good looks and couple drives that didn’t fall, but they did play good defense against us,” said UV coach Matt Osborne. “Sidney is probably the team to beat in our league.”