Norwich defense tosses third-quarter shutout in rout of Forks

Boys’ Basketball

Norwich 60, Chenango Forks 31

NORWICH – Norwich is accustomed to holding a team scoreless for a quarter on the gridiron. But on a basketball court?

“We’ve had some good defensive teams over the years, but we’ve never held a team scoreless for a quarter in my tenure,” said Norwich varsity coach Mark Abbott.

In a virtuoso third quarter in which the offensive output matched the defense’s stinginess, the Tornado (8-3) turned a 10-point halftime lead into a 31-point rout in which the reserves from both teams were playing out most of the last stanza. “Sometimes when you’re playing great defense, it doesn’t always carry over to the offensive end,” Abbott noted. “We played unselfish basketball and took good shots; it was something to watch (the third quarter).”

Norwich scored the game’s first 10 points and never trailed in the contest. Amos Parry scored six in the opening quarter to lead the fast start.

Norwich maintained that 10-point advantage taking a 32-22 lead into the locker room.

Nate Foote scored all 11 of his points in the third quarter including back-to-back three balls off passes from Keegan Edwards in the high post. Edwards and Robert Martin led a balanced Tornado scoring effort with 12 points apiece. Martin also dished out a season-best 10 assists.

“Chenango Forks was a scary team because of their team speed, and they can put up points in bunches,” Abbott said. “We have shown that we can diversify our defense and take away certain things that other teams like to do. Tonight we wanted to make their leading scorer (Chris Statts) put the ball on the floor, and then take away penetration from the rest of the team. We were able to do that.”

Statts had nine points for Forks, who had just three total field goals in the second half, and shot 3-for-33 (11 percent) over those two periods.

Notes: Norwich finished 27-for-58 from the field (47 percent), while Forks was just 9-for-56 (16 percent); Norwich won the rebounding battle, 48-27. Justin Ballin had nine boards to pace the team....Parry finished with five blocked shots and three steals.

CF: Dylan Warner, 2 0-0-5; Jeff Creagh, 1 0-0-2; Michael Alle, 1 0-1-2; Drew Pero, 0 4-4-4; Derek Guzenski, 1 2-6-4; Matt Mirabito, 0; Garrett Cade, 0 2-2-2; Clint Cade, 1 0-0-2; Tyler Plahanski, 0 1-4-1; Jason Gildea, 0; Chris Statts, 3 1-2-9. Totals: 9 10-19-31.

Norwich: Shane Thompson, 2 0-0-4; Chris Mattingly, 0; Patrick Coates, 2 1-2-5; Keegan Edwards, 6 0-3-12; Nate Foote, 4 0-0-11; Robert Martin, 5 2-2-12; Vaughn Labor, 0; Tyler Saroka, 1 0-1-2; Justin Ballin, 3 0-0-6; Wade Kornegay, 0; Amos Parry, 4 0-0-8. Totals: 27 3-9-60.

Score by quarters

CFks 11 11 0 9–31

NHS 18 14 21 7–60

Fouled out: none. Three-point goals: (N) Foote 3, (CF) Sats 2, Warner. JV: Norwich won 50-49. Officials: Dadamio, McPeek.

Unadilla Valley 60, Greene 53

GREENE – Unadilla Valley finished strong over the final four minutes to defeat Greene for the sixth straight time Friday night.

Trailing the Trojans by one point with four minutes left, the Storm finished the game on an 11-3 run. “We weren’t physical enough with their big men, and they killed us inside,” said Greene coach Jeff Paske.

UV center Matt Potter scored a career-high 23 points, and forward Josh Rivenburgh added 10. The two combined for 13 points in a 21-point final quarter, and guard Mason Wyman also tacked on half a dozen points in the last eight minutes. Wyman finished with 12 points. “UV was able to penetrate our defense, and the big guys made themselves available,” Paske said. “We had a chance to pull it out, but didn’t make it happen.”

Mike Porter scored 14 points in the first quarter, but was held to seven foul shots the rest of the way to lead Greene (6-4) with 21 points.

UV: Mason Wyman, 5 2-3-12; Ryan Johnson, 1 0-1-2; Raffi Perry, 1 2-2-4; Juston Parks, 3 0-0-7; Darrin Garcia, 0 2-2-2; Josh Rivenburgh, 4 2-2-10; Matt Potter, 7 9-10-23 . Totals: 21 17-20-60.

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