Norwich 60, Sus Valley 44
NORWICH – Norwich overcame Sus Valley’s quick start clamping down on defense to take command of the game by halftime en route to an eighth straight victory.
Patrick Coates and Tim Clark shared scoring honors for Norwich (9-2), who host Seton Catholic Central Tuesday.
“Defensively, we played really good in the first half,” said Norwich coach Mark Abbott, whose club has allowed 46 points or less in eight of 11 games. “They had a little spurt at the beginning, but we didn’t panic and kept doing things we wanted to do.”
Within the game’s first 39 seconds, SV converted three-point plays from Chad Starzer and Nick Pace to lead by six. It was all Norwich the rest of the half.
Clark and Nate Foote hit three-pointers, and Foote had seven of his 11 points in the opening quarter to make it a 20-13 game at the first turn.
Norwich surrendered a single field goal and just two free throws in the second quarter, while Foote added two more baskets pushing the advantage to 30-16 at the break.
The Sabers drew as close as 11 points in the third quarter, however, Patrick Coates hit a jumper, Clark downed a traditional three-point play, and Josh Borfitz canned a three ball from the corner to highlight 10-1 spurt in the middle of the quarter to expand the margin back to 20.
“Sus Valley played with more urgency in the second half, and I thought we responded well to that,” Abbott said. “We showed a lot of poise and did a nice job taking the ball to the basket. We’ve won eight in a row, so we have to be doing some things right.”
Norwich’s junior varsity team retained its unbeaten record (11-0) and will face Seton’s fellow unbeaten squad in the prelim to Tuesday’s varsity contest
SV: Kyle Barnes, 1 0-0-2; Brandon Barker, 2 0-0-4; David Hessell, 2 0-0-4; Alex Jones, 2 0-0-4; Eric Novilbilski, 1 0-0-2; Nick Pace, 6 3-4-17; Josh Pappas, 0; Tyrone Smith, 0; Rob Stalker, 0; Chad Starzer, 2 4-7-8; Kevin Webb, 1 1-2-3. Totals: 17 8-13-44.
Norwich: Tim Clark, 6 1-1-14; Chris Mattingly, 0; Jeff Handy, 0; Patrick Coates, 6 1-2-14; Corey Dietrich, 2 0-0-4; Nate Foote,4 1-3-10 ; Josh Borfitz, 2 0-0-6; Vaughn Labor, 3 0-3-6; Tyler Saroka, 0; David Carson, 0; Brian Wightman, 1 0-0-2; Justin Ballin, 1 0-0-2; Cory Law, 0; Craig Berg, 1 0-0-2. Totals: 26 3-9-60.
SVa. 13 3 14 14–44
NHS 20 10 15 15–60
Fouled out: none. Three-point goals: (N) Borfitz 2, Clark, Coates, Foote, (SV) Pace 2. JV: Norwich won 58-48. Officials: Davis, Killian.
Unadilla Valley 62, Delhi 45
NEW BERLIN – Unadilla Valley shrugged off a disastrous second quarter to pull away for its seventh win in 10 games this season.
After taking a 16-point lead at the first turn, Delhi rung up a 26-point second stanza to knot the game at halftime.
Raffi Perry scored 21 of his season-high 26 points in the opening half to keep his club in the game. “We weren’t disciplined on offense and didn’t play much defense in the second quarter,” said UV coach Matt Osborne. “The other three quarters we just about executed our offense to perfection. We got open looks and knocked them down.”