Norwich missed out on an opportunity to clinch a STAC Central Division title Wednesday night, but can remedy that defeat later today when it faces Johnson City at 7 p.m. at Binghamton High School in a divisional playoff.
The Wildcats won the inside game and beat Norwich at its own game – dribble penetration – to saddle NHS with its lone home defeat of the season.
“We seemed a step slow Wednesday night, and maybe they were a step quicker,” said Norwich coach Mark Abbott. “They certainly used the dribble to their advantage better than the first meeting.”
In that opening meeting, Norwich did not see the likes of Rashawn Powell, who was out of the game with an injury. With the exception of foul trouble that took him out of the game for a couple of minutes in the fourth quarter, Powell was a dominant offensive presence finishing with 25 points. He keyed a JC offensive attack that surpassed 60 points against the Norwich defense for the second time in as many meetings.