Norwich closes strong at Brother Arnold tourney

Evening Sun Report

Boys’ Basketball

Brother Arnold Tournament

Norwich 69, Fort Hamilton 38

Norwich 52, LaSalle 46

St. Dominic’s 58, Norwich 54

QUEENS – Norwich produced better results each day responding to an opening-day loss in the Brother Arnold Tournament with victories on Saturday and Sunday to place fifth in the 32-year-old tournament.

Facing Fort Hamilton Sunday, Michael Oralls, who had four total points in the first two games - all free throws – scored the Tornado’s first six points, and he had 10 in the first quarter as Norwich jetted to an 18-4 lead.

“Our strength today (Sunday) was Michael and our bench play,” said Norwich coach Tom Collier. “Michael struggled the first day and got in foul trouble, but he was the man today.”

Oralls and reserve Chris Trevisani led Norwich with 13 points apiece, and Zan Stewart scored 11. Norwich had 37 bench points in the win with reserve Jake Walsh scoring eight, and Jordan Vinal along with Tre Bonham netting seven apiece. Walsh saw substantial second-half minutes at the point guard spot, and helped Norwich expand its lead.



“Jake did a great job handling the press; he grew a lot in the last three days,” Collier said.

Coming off a loss, Norwich faced LaSalle on Saturday, and it turned to Jamison Luke for big production. Luke posted a double-double with a career-high 20 points to go with 10 rebounds. Zan Stewart scored 12, while Colin Stewart was a defensive leader totaling six steals and seven deflections.

“Colin scored five points, but that doesn’t describe what he did for us,” Collier said. “He was a great defender, and did all the little things that help you win games.”

In the opener against St. Dominick’s Norwich suffered its first non-playoff game loss since a Dec. 29, 2012 loss to U-E. Despite 21 turnovers, Norwich crawled back into the game late in the third quarter and into the fourth behind Bonham.

Just a sophomore, Bonham scored 11 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter to erase a double-digit deficit.

St. Dominic’s Dominic Cotumaccio made four of four free throws in the final quarter to help seal the win.

Luke added 10 points and nine rebounds in the loss.

“It was tough (for the kids) after the first game because they aren’t used to losing,” Collier said. “We had 21 turnovers, and you don’t win many games when you make that many turnovers. We didn’t handle their pressure well, but we did a lot better the second and third days, and we learned to play under pressure.”

The trip to New York City was a departure from Norwich’s usual season-opening games, and was a large step up in competition. “We saw improvement from the first game to second game, and the second to third, we saw even more improvement,” Collier said. “That’s what we’re looking for.

“On Saturday night we went to Times Square and saw the big Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. It was a huge bonding experience for the team, and you saw the result of that bonding in Sunday’s game.”

Norwich 69, Fort Hamilton 38

Norwich: Jake Walsh, 2 3-3-8; Chris Trevisani, 6 0-0-13; Michael Oralls, 4 5-6-13; Matt Parrella, 0 1-2-1; Carlos Ithier, 0 4-4-4; Colin Stewart, 2 0-0-4; Zan Stewart, 4 3-6-11; Tre Bonham, 3 1-2-7; Jordan Vinal, 1 5-5-7; Jamison Luke, 0; Chris Jeffrey, 0 1-2-1. Totals: 22 23-30-69

FH: A. Klum, 1 0-1-2; Melvin Collins, 2 1-4-6; R. Young, 0; B. Marsaw, 0 3-4-3; E. Zequj, 4 1-1-9; G. Keener, 0; Filip O., 1 0-0-2; Billy Hawkins, 3 2-3-8; Matthew Stasiak, 3 1-2-7; Nicholas Torallo, 0 1-2-1. Totals: 14 9-16-38

FH 4 15 8 14–38

NHS 18 18 13 20-69

Fouled out: (FH) Marsaw. Three-point goals: (N) Walsh, Trevisani. (FH) Collins.

Norwich 52, LaSalle 46

Norwich: Jake Walsh, 0; Chris Trevisani, 2 0-0-4; Michael Oralls, 0; Carlos Ithier, 1 0-0-2; Colin Stewart, 0 5-8-5; Zan Stewart, 3 4-8-12; Tre Bonham, 0 6-8-6; Jordan Vinal, 1 0-0-3; Jamison Luke, 8 4-4-20. Totals: 15 19-28-52.


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