BINGHAMTON Norwich coach Mark Abbott called the second quarter a lull. The reality is that Seton Catholic Central produced the best quarter of basketball against the Tornado this season.
The Saints marched to a 14-0 spurt to open the second stanza, and carried the momentum of the propitious surge to a 64-57 win in the STOP-DWI Regional Division One finals Tuesday night at the Broome County Arena.
We were right there and playing well, Abbott said of the first quarter. We got too passive offensively in the second quarter, and a couple times we were a step late defensively. We found ourselves in a big hole.
Reserves Tommy Torto and Bob Garbade figured heavily in a 23-8 stanza. Torto nailed all three of his three-point attempts, the last at the second-quarter buzzer as he was falling out of bounds to make it 30-19. Garbade, a 6-foot-9 intimidating presence, showed marked improvement over last year netting six of his game-high 18 points.