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NORWICH With a few more gray hairs following Saturday nights quarterfinal game the Norwich boys basketball fans were hoping for a much more comfortable win a wish they received, with a 69-53 win at home.
Norwich punched their ticket to Floyd L. Maines Arena in Binghamton on Feb. 28, for a Section IV Class B finals berth with the home win over the visiting Sabers of Susquehanna Valley.
In doing so in a much safer fashion than Saturday's game, a game which the Tornado needed an overtime period and Tre Bonham free-throw to take the four-point lead over visiting Newark Valley top-seeded Norwich has solidified themselves once again in Section IV as a contender.
We played much better tonight than we did on Saturday, said Norwich head coach Brian Collier following the semifinal win. We were really fast, we had a lot of energy tonight.
To which the Tornado boys were, racing to a huge first period advantage over the then flailing Sabers, taking the lead after the first eight minutes at 21-8. Attacking the rim right from the get-go was the Norwich trio of Ky'sawn Veale, Dashawn King and Chris Jeffrey as they combined for Norwich's first 21 points splitting the points seven, eight, and six respectively.
Foul trouble looked to an early and often achilles heel for the Tornado, despite the solid offensive play in the early minutes. Five fouls in just the second period resulting in the Sabers going 4-9 and helping contribute to a 12 point Saber period to close out the half as Norwich held the lead at 39-20.
Norwich looked solid emerging from the half to rack up 11 points in the first six minutes of the third period however, a defiant Sabers refused to break taking 12 points in the time as the game moved to a 50-32 score.