Tornado gut out OT victory

ONEONTA – Oneonta made a furious rally to force overtime, but had nothing left for the epilogue in another classic battle with Norwich Saturday night.

The Tornado scored 11 straight points in overtime, and went 7-for-8 from the foul line to complete a season sweep of the Yellowjackets, 70-62.

Vaughn Labor, who scored his season-high of 23 in the first meeting with Oneonta, went two better to lead NHS (12-2) with 25 points. Timmy Clark added 18 points, 10 assists, and clutch foul shooting when Norwich needed it the most.

“It was a phenomenal game with great atmosphere and great effort,” said Norwich coach Mark Abbott. “It was a great night of basketball, and even better was that we won.”

Norwich won the season’s first battle with Oneonta, 58-53, and that win was not secured until the final minutes of the fourth quarter.

Norwich led 28-25 at the half, but seemed to take control of the game building a 43-29 lead with two minutes left in the third quarter.

We had a bad end of the third quarter,” Abbott said. “We made poor decisions and they got a few points that were just on us.”

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