Norwich Beats Warriors At Buzzer
Published: February 13th, 2007
By: Patrick Newell

Boys’ Basketball

Norwich 60, Chenango Valley 59

CHENANGO BRIDGE – This time Norwich had the last word.

Three-point overtime losers to Chenango Valley a month ago after giving up a 14-point lead, Norwich again allowed the Warriors to rally from a 14-point margin, only this time, Robert Martin made sure Norwich went home winners.

“This is so typical of our season,” said Norwich coach Mark Abbott. “Someone has to win it in the end.”

Martin hit a three ball with 48 seconds left to give Norwich the lead. Chenango Valley, coming out of a timeout, regained the lead with 29 seconds remaining when Matt Mullins sunk a pair of foul shots.

It appeared Norwich would see this one slip away after turning the ball over and sending Mullins back to the foul line with 12 seconds remaining. Mullins, who helped seal the earlier win over Norwich this season with clutch foul shooting, missed the front end of the one-an-one attempt giving Norwich one last attempt.

After a deflection by CV knocked the ball out of bounds, Abbott called a timeout with three seconds left to set up the final play. Martin received the inbounds pass, dribbled toward the foul line and swished an off-balance leaner at the buzzer.

“We made a conscious effort to get Robert the ball – he was getting it, no doubt about it,” Abbott said.

Amos Parry carried Norwich to a 17-3 in the first quarter scoring nine points on his way to a career-high 26. Earlier this season, Parry had 24 against Owego.

CV whittled the margin away with hot outside shooting canning eight three-pointers. Kris Boyce hit two three-pointers in the fourth quarter for the hosts, and Mullins scored 13 of his 19 points in the second half. “They just went off in the second half,” Abbott said of CV’s offense. “When they get hot, it’s like sharks in a feeding frenzy.”

Martin added 14 points for Norwich (11-8), who host Union-Endicott Thursday evening.

Norwich: Shane Thompson, 0; Patrick Coates, 2 0-0-4; Keegan Edwards, 1 2-3-4; Nate Foote, 3 0-0-8; Robert Martin, 5 2-3-14; Vaughn Labor, 1 0-0-2; Tyler Saroka, 0; Justin Ballin, 0 0-2-0; Wade Kornegay, 1 0-0-2; Amos Parry, 11 4-8-26 ; Craig Berg, 0. Totals: 24 8-16-60 .

CV: Chris Mack, 2 0-0-5; Eric Bidwell, 2 0-0-5; Matt Mullins, 6 3-5-19; Kris Boyce, 2 0-0-6; Seth Mohney, 3 7-11-13; Cola, 3 1-2-7; James Sodan, 0; Matt Bobel, 2 0-0-4. Totals: 20 11-18-59.

NHS 17 12 13 18–60

CV 3 18 16 22–59

Fouled out: (CV) Sodan. Three-point goals: (N) Martin 2, Foote 2, (CV) Mullins 4, Boyce 2, Mack, Bidwell. Officials: Cicciarelli, Fletcher.

Girls’ Basketball

Chenango Valley 63, Norwich 58 (OT)

CHENANGO BRIDGE – Chenango Valley needed a seven-point rally in the fourth quarter to force overtime and beat Norwich for the second time this season.

Donnalynn Cross scored eight points in the last quarter and led the Warriors with 18 points. It was much different contest than the first meeting last month when, CV rolled to an 18-point victory.

"We took care of the ball better, and obviously when you turn it over, it affects you on both ends of the floor," said Norwich coach Bob Branham.

Kyra Collier led Norwich (10-9) led Norwich with 14 points, but fouled out with under three minutes to play leaving Norwich depleted on the defensive boards. CV grabbed the lead late, its first advantage of the game, Branham said.

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