Norwich puts brakes on recent two-game skid

Boys’ Basketball

Norwich 81, Whitney Point 30

NORWICH – Norwich put the brakes on a recent two-game slide Wednesday night using two big runs in the first half to jet away from visiting Whitney Point. The victory was also number 10 on the season for the Tornado, who are off the next nine days.

“One of our goals each season is to get double figures wins,” said Norwich coach Mark Abbott. “Hopefully we can build on this.”

Leading just 8-7 midway through the first quarter, the Tornado (10-3) scored the final 14 points of the stanza starting with Chris Mattingly’s fast-break layup, and ending with Tim Clark’s driving hoop just before the buzzer. In between, Norwich scored in a variety of ways, and all were high percentage looks at the basket.

The winless Golden Eagles scored four points early in the second quarter, and that preceded a 17-point spurt for NHS. Six different players scored during the second-quarter salvo, and Craig Berg connected on six points. By halftime, Norwich was up 29 points. “One thing we wanted to do was get off to an early lead,” Abbott said. “We knew Whitney Point was down this year, and we didn’t want them to hang around and gain some confidence at our expense.”

Vaughn Labor led four Norwich players in double figures scoring 15 points. Nate Foote had 13, Berg 12, and Patrick Coates 11.

WP: Jeremy Maslin, 0; Anthony Pagano, 0; Ben Manwaring, 0; Phil Marschke, 0 2-2-2; Matt Wade, 1 1-2-3; Eric Mingos, 7 0-0-19; Shawn Kane, 0; Tyler Donnelly, 2 2-2-6; Charlie Blackwell, 0. Totals: 10 5-6-30.

Norwich: Tim Clark, 3 0-1-6; Chris Mattingly, 3 0-1-6; Jeff Handy, 1 0-0-2; Patrick Coates, 5 0-0-11; Corey Dietrich, 2 0-0-4; Nate Foote, 5 2-2-13; Josh Borfitz, 1 0-0-2; Vaughn Labor, 5 5-8-15; David Carson, 1 0-0-2; Brian Wightman, 2 0-0-4; Justin Ballin, 2 0-2-4; Cory Law, 0; Craig Berg, 4 4-4-12. Totals: 34 11-18-81.

WP 7 7 3 13

NHS 22 21 21 17

Fouled out: (WP) Mingos. Three-point goals: (N) Foote, Coates, (WP) Mingos 5. JV: Norwich won 66-31 (Derek Hughes, 14 points). Officials: Stento, Barber.

B-G 75, Deposit 69

BAINBRIDGE – Chris McGinnis is going out a winner on his home floor. Playing his final home game before a scheduled knee surgery Monday, McGinnis scored 18 points to lead four Bobcats in double figures.

“They (the team) really picked it up for (Chris),” said B-G coach Ben Nelson. “Chris has been a good leader for everybody in sports and in school. The team was kind of paying tribute to him.”

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