NHS clinches tie for division title

Boys’ Basketball

Norwich 69, Maine-Endwell 38

NORWICH – Maine-Endwell is a pretty fair club in the Southern Tier Athletic Conference. Norwich just made the Spartans look bad – again.

The Tornado clinched a tie for the STAC Central Division championship Friday night holding M-E under 40 points for the second straight game, and not allowing a double-figures scorer a second straight time as well. “I’m not an easy guy to impress, but the guys certainly impressed me Friday night,” said Norwich coach Mark Abbott. “We played fantastic at both ends of the court, and they had no answer for us.”

M-E’s main offensive threat, Joe Powell, who averages 17 points a game, had four in this latest outing against Norwich, and just 10 in two games versus a stingy Purple defense. Norwich switched defenses multiple times, and when it was in man-to-man mode, Corey Dietrich blanketed Powell. “Our goal was to play four-on-four, and take Powell out of the equation,” Abbott said. “We did a great job of doing that.”

David Carson scored a team-high 17 points, and put eight of those on the board in Norwich’s 18-9 first quarter. The lead grew to 20 by halftime, 37-17. Dietrich had six in the quarter, and the balanced scoring was plainly obvious. Carson led with 10, Dietrich had nine, Vaughn Labor eight, and Timmy Clark seven.

If that wasn’t enough, Norwich scored the first 15 points of the third quarter to put the game on ice. Josh Borfitz hit two three-pointers during the spurt, Carson had a traditional three-point play, and Carson added two free throws after drawing a foul on a drive to the basket.

Dietrich added 16 points in the win and Labor 11. Norwich (13-2) was a solid 16-for-20 from the free throw line in winning its fourth straight game. “The guys know what is out there in front of them,” Abbott said. “We’re closer to a division title and an opportunity to host a league semifinal playoff game. I like the way we are playing right now.”

Norwich plays at Seton Catholic Central Wednesday night.

Notes: Norwich finished 24-for-39 from the field (61.5 percent), and discounting the 5-for-12 from behind the three-point arc, converted 70 percent of its field goal attempts. Clark led with 12 assists and five steals. M-E shot 13-for-51 (25.5 percent) from the field and turned it over 21 times to 13 for Norwich.

M-E: Eric Thompson, 0; Tom Connolly, 1 0-0-2; Joe Powell, 2 0-0-4; Cory Adrian, 2 0-1-4; Federowicz, 2 1-3-5; Ruby, 2 0-0-6; Jon Connolly, 2 3-4-9; Barrett, 0 1-2-1; Willis Stocks, 2 3-6-7. Totals: 13 8-15-38.

Norwich: Casey Edwards, 2 0-1-4; Richie Bonney, 1 0-0-2; Corey Dietrich, 7 0-0-16; Tim Clark, 2 2-2-7; Josh Borfitz, 2 1-2-7; Vaughn Labor, 3 5-6-11; Seth Thomsen, 1 0-0-2; David Carson, 6 5-5-17; Derek Hughes, 0; Cory Law, 0 2-2-2; Christian Hotaling, 0 1-2-1. Totals: 24 16-20-69

M-E 9 8 10 11–38

NHS 18 19 19 13–69

Fouled out: none. Three-point goals: (ME) Ruby 2, Connolly 2, (N) Dietrich 2, Borfitz 2, Clark. JV: M-E won 73-65. Officials: Dadamio, Haynes.

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