Norwich stumbles at Johnson City

Boys’ Basketball

Johnson City 60, Norwich 50

JOHNSON CITY – Johnson City’s guards made Norwich pay in the first time, this time it was the Wildcats’ forwards who did the bulk of the damage in Friday’s matchup.

Chris Massar and Davon Newborn combined for 33 points led by Massar’s 17, a far cry from the 16 points the two scored in the first matchup – and overtime win over the Purple Tornado.

In the first game it was Jay Choi and Matt Stotts who confounded the Purple scoring 37 total points as compared to just 11 this time around. “We didn’t play well and I thought we looked flat,” said Norwich coach Mark Abbott. “You have to give Johnson City a lot of credit. They played with a lot of emotion on their senior night.”



Johnson City made a defensive switch in the second half from man-to-man to zone, and while the Norwich output wasn’t seriously reduced, it changed the tempo of the game. The Warriors put up 37 second-half points and pulled away in the fourth outscoring Norwich 19-8.

“I just couldn’t find anything to get us going in the second half,” Abbott said. “I was searching for combination and nothing seemed to work. It was a great move by their coach to switch to zone. We couldn’t get the ball into the basket after they made that switch.”

Robert Martin led Norwich (9-8) with 19 points and Nate Foote added 16.

Norwich: Shane Thompson, 1 0-0-3; Chris Mattingly, 0; Patrick Coates, 0; Keegan Edwards, 1 0-0-2; Nate Foote, 7 0-0-16; Robert Martin, 4 9-9-19; Vaughn Labor, 1 0-0-2; Tyler Saroka, 0 ; Justin Ballin, 0; Wade Kornegay, 0 2-2-2; Amos Parry, 3 0-2-6; Craig Berg, 0. Totals: 17 11-16-50.

JC: Jay Choi, 2 0-0-4; Ryan Serbonich, 1 3-14-5; Bruce Smith, 0; Matt Stotts, 2 3-5-7; Zachary Matuszak, 0; Terrance King, 0; Kyle Sisenstein, 1 1-1-3; Andy Eggleston, 0 2-2-2; Rob Hall, 0 1-3-1; Chris Massar, 8 1-6-17; Ryan Delamarter, 2 0-0-5; Davon Newborn, 5 6-6-16. Totals: 21 17-36-60.

Score by quarters

NHS 17 10 15 8–50

JCity 14 9 18 19–60

Three-point goals: (N) Foote 2, Martin 2, Thompson, (JC) Delamarter. JV: Norwich won 63-44.

Oxford 79, Hancock 22

HANCOCK – Oxford won its eighth straight game and clinched a tie for the MAC Division II title rolling at Hancock Friday.

Trevor Nelson scored 12 of his 17 points in the first quarter for Oxford (11-6), who jumped out to 20-1 lead at the first turn. “Trevor scored off some steals – he has been playing some great defense, and it paid off today,” said Oxford coach Tim Davis.

All but one Oxford player scorer with seven players aside from Nelson scoring in the six- to nine-point range.

Hancock : Logan Emerich 0, Stefano Costa , John Marino 1 0-0-3, Aaron Gorshack 2 0-0-4, Saad Majeed 0, Hallstead, 1 0-0-2; Travis Drake, 2 0-0-5; Will Young 0, Carl Anderson 0, John Kim , James White 0 Houshoultz, 3 2-5-8. Totals: 9 2-5-22.

Oxford: Trevor Nelson, 7 3-3-17; Steve Locke, 3 0-0-6; Scott Seiler, 3 2-2-8; Wes Tynan, 0 2-2-2; Andrew Hubman, 3 1-3-7; Ben Burdick, 3 1-1-7; Kyle Smith, 4 0-2-9; Jeff Champlin, 2 0-0-4; Alex Champlin, 4 0-0-8; Trey Seifert, 2 0-0-4; John Witchella, 0 0-2-0; Hugh Witchella, 3 1-2-7. Totals: 34 10-17-79.


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