Norwich’s past and present collided at the Stop DWI Holiday Classic.
The Purple Tornado ended a nine-year drought between DWI titles Friday night at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena toppling Chenango Valley in the Regional Division Two championship game, 62-50.
The victory halted a three-game streak of DWI finals defeats for NHS. Norwich junior Kyle Edwards scored 17 points and was named the tournament’s most valuable player. Seth Thomsen added 17 points and nine rebounds in receiving an all-tourney nod, and Dennis Oralls scored 14 points, while also earning all-tournament honors.
Edwards was 3-for-4 from behind the three-point line, and he joined assistant coach Brian Collier as a tournament MVP. Collier led Norwich to its last DWI title in 2002. “Right after the game, Brian was walking with Kyle off the court, and he told him, ‘welcome to the club,’” said Norwich first-year head coach Tom Collier.
Norwich led by four points after one period, and took the lead to as many as 12 in the second quarter. Chenango Valley failed to make much of a dent in the Norwich lead until the early part of the fourth quarter. Norwich committed its tenth foul of the second half early on in the final stanza, and CV’s aggressive play under the basket had it shooting free throws in droves.
Edwards’ third trey of the game after a kickout pass from Thomsen put the Tornado up 45-36 with 6:29 left in the game. CV ensued with five straight free throws, the last two from MIke Fillers trimming the margin to 45-41. With over five minutes left in the game, the Warriors had the momentum, and plenty of time to overtake the Tornado. “Those three guys (Seth, Kyle, and Dennis) really stepped up in the final minutes, and Michael Sutton’s play was huge for us off the bench,” Collier said.