Strong finish for Hurricanes

CLINTON – The Norwich Hurricanes’ 17U AAU basketball team advanced to the semifinals in this past weekend’s tournament at Hamilton College, finishing with a 3-2 record over the two days.

The Hurricanes opened play Saturday morning against Oswego High School, just the third time they have played a team composed of players that are all from the same high school. Seven first-half three-pointers gave the Hurricanes a comfortable 38-18 halftime advantage, and they cruised to a 66-49 victory.

Jonathan Foulds and Josh Borfitz, who evenly split a half-dozen first-half trifectas, topped the scoring charts with 16 and 13 points respectively, Casey Edwards and Seth Thomsen had 10 each, and Richie Bonney added nine.

Players from the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool high schools, large AA schools like Oswego, made up the Northmen squad, the Hurricanes’ next opponent, and the Northmen used strong perimeter play to take a 28-23 lead at the midway point.

The game remained close throughout the second half as the Hurricanes trailed 44-43, when “Big Shot Josh” Borfitz nailed a three from the corner to put his team ahead 46-44 with 19 seconds left.

A Northmen free throw got them within 46-45 with nine seconds left, but heady play from Hurricanes point guard Derek Hughes allowed his team to run out the clock and escape with the victory.

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