Oneonta punishes Norwich late in fourth

Oneonta 46, Norwich 37

NORWICH – Norwich’s margin for error was slim, and Oneonta punished the Tornado for failing to capitalize on a golden opportunity.

After the Purple missed a layup that would have cut the Oneonta’s lead to three, the ‘Jackets strung 11 straight points together over the next four possessions to put the game on ice.

Brendan Harder led Oneonta with 14 points and numerous blocked shots, while third-year senior starter Dan O’Brien added 12 points.

Harder converted a three-point play immediately after the Tornado’s missed layup, and Alex VanDeusen hit back-to-back three balls – his only points of the game – to help extend a once 35-30 game into a 14-point comfortable margin with 2 1/2 minutes to play. “I thought we played a good game against a really good team,” said Norwich coach Mark Abbott. “Our effort was good, we just need to be more efficient offensively and do a better job putting points on the board. Our physical effort was fantastic, but every time we had a miscue, it came back to bite us. VanDeusen’s threes were killers.”

Norwich trailed from late in the first quarter throughout the rest of the game, and found themselves in a seven-point hole late in the third quarter – Oneonta’s largest lead outside of the final five minutes.

Norwich’s inside duo of Vaughn Labor and Craig Berg led the Purple with eight points apiece – the second straight contest in which a Tornado player did not reach double figures scoring. “The breaks aren’t going our way right now, we just need to work a little harder to get them to go our way,” Abbott added.

Norwich plays at Maine-Endwell Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

Oneonta: Alex VanDeusen, 2 0-0-6, Ben Ehrets, 0, Zach Harlem, 2 0-0-4, Brendan Harder, 5 4-5-14, Dustin Haney, 0, Mnte Richardson, 1 0-0-2, Dan O'Brien, 4 4-5-12, Alex Mirabito, 3 1-1-7, Nate Eastman, 0 1-2-1; Tony Burns, 0. Totals: 17 10-13-46.

Norwich: Tim Clark, 0; Chris Mattingly, 0; Jeff Handy, 0; Patrick Coates, 0 4-4-4; Corey Dietrich, 1 0-0-3; Nate Foote, 3 0-0-7; Josh Borfitz, 0; Vaughn Labor, 3 2-4-8; Tyler Saroka, 1 1-2-3; David Carson, 1 0-0-2; Brian Wightman, 0; Justin Ballin, 1 0-0-2; Cory Law, 0; Craig Berg, 4 0-0-8. Totals: 14 7-10-37 .

OHS 8 12 12 14–46

NHS 6 9 12 10–37

Fouled out: none. Three-pointers: (N) Foote, Dietrich, (O) VanDeusen 2, JV: Norwich won 54-23. Officials: Vinsevich, Fletcher.

Sidney 53, B-G 36

BAINBRIDGE – Sidney scored the last 11 points of the third quarter, and went on to defeat winless B-G (0-5) Tuesday.

Kody Westcott hit a three ball – his only basket of the game – to break a 28-28 tie and set off the third-quarter run. “We played pretty well up until the last four minutes of the third quarter,” said B-G coach Ben Nelson. “We missed some shots, and maybe got a little discouraged, but I am proud of our effort tonight.”

Quinn Dorsey hurt the Bobcats on the offensive glass and finished with a career-high 18 points.

Chris McGinnis scored 12 for B-G.

Sidney: JJ Mendes, 0; Anthony Mister, 3 2-2-8; Michael Butcher, 4 2-3-10; Tyler Kane, 1 0-0-2; Aubrey Wood, 1 0-1-2; Dylan Umbra, 3 0-0-6; Kody Westcott, 1 0-0-3; Parker Curley, 2 0-0-4; Josh Douglas, 0; Quinn Dorsey, 8 1-1-18; Tyler Mason, 0. Totals: 23 5-7-53.

B-G: Steve Patten, 0, Greg Dicks, 3 1-2-7, Ben Roosa, 0 1-2-1; Travis Dickey, 2 1-2-6, Tim Feyerabend, 1 1-2-3, Dylan Whitaker, 0 1-2-1; Ricky Marjorum, 0, Chris McGinnis, 3 6-8-12, Justin Pepper, 3 0-0-6. Totals: 12 11-18-36 .

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