BINGHAMTON – The Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena served as the venue for another vintage Norwich comeback victory.
Down 10 points to New York Mills to start the fourth quarter, Norwich made up that deficit, held the Marauders to a single field goal over the final eight minutes, and won the Stop DWI Holiday Classic Regional 2 title, 48-45 Monday night.
Michael Sutton scored a team-high 19 points, eight in Norwich’s fourth-quarter charge. A pair of Sutton free throws with four seconds left iced the win as New York Mills failed to get off another shot.
“I really can’t name the spark, but we’ve come back in this type of situation,” Sutton said, who was named the tournament’s MVP. “We got some stops in the fourth quarter and scored in transition.”
Seemed like a lid was placed on the Norwich bucket for most of the first three quarters. Sutton lamented his own misses around the bucket, and Norwich shot under 30 percent for the game (18-for-61). “Just a bad day,” Sutton said of his team’s shooting woes.
Yet Norwich still won at less than its best. “The biggest concern I’ve had since day one is shooting percentage, and the numbers (this season) are below where we can shoot,” said Norwich coach Tom Collier. “You have to think that they will even out by the end of the season.”