Norwich plows forward in sectional tourney

Boys’ Basketball

Norwich 57, Owego 30

NORWICH – Sectional champions a year ago in Class A, Norwich pushed forward in its quest for the Section IV, Class B title shellacking Owego Saturday afternoon at Jack Jones Gymnasium.

In its next-to-last home game of the season, Norwich relied on its defense in the opening half before the offense caught up over the final two periods.

“We had a difficult time on the offensive end, especially the first half, but our press was extremely effective,” said Norwich coach Mark Abbott, whose Tornado raised their record to 17-3.

Abbott credited Andrew Austin’s pressure on the inbounds passer as the key to the full-court pressure. Austin forced passes that led to good sideline traps, and eventually, Owego turnovers.

Norwich racked up the points in a 19-6 third quarter getting 10 from Josh Borfitz and seven more from Richie Bonney to extend the 23-10 halftime lead to 42-16.

“In the second half, we changed our offensive scheme from our dribble-drive offense to more controlled motion,” Abbott said. “It opened some lanes for Josh and Richie on offense.”

Bonney led Norwich with 18 points and Borfitz scored 13.

Norwich hosts Susquehanna Valley in the semifinals on Tuesday, the Tornado’s final home game of the season. In the first meeting between the two schools, Norwich routed SV, 81-41. “We have to guard against overconfidence, and there is no way we’ll beat Sus Valley by 40 points again,” Abbott said. “They’re playing well and with more confidence. We need to maintain our focus for 32 minutes.”

Owego: Parker Evans, 1 6-6-8; Matt Warchocki, 2 0-0-5; Scott Larrabee, 1 0-1-3; Stephen Yanchus, 2 0-0-4 ; Keith Baron, 0; Kenny Sharpe, 0; Joe Gatto, 0; Mike Ebbers,1 0-0-2 ; Robbie Black, 1 1-2-4; Mark Merritt, 0; James Mead, 0; Asa Whalen, 2 0-2-4. Totals: 10 7-11-30.

NHS: Casey Edwards, 1 0-0-2; Dennis Oralls, 0 2-2-2; Richie Bonney, 5 8-11-18; Jacob Kelly, 0; Eric Walling, 1 0-0-2; Frank Somich, 0; Josh Borfitz, 3 5-5-13; Seth Thomsen, 2 0-0-4; Jon Foulds, 2 0-0-5; Alex Williams, 1 1-2-3; Derek Hughes, 1 1-2-3; Andrew Austin, 1 3-4-5; Josh Favaloro, 0; Zach Martinson, 0. Totals: 17 20-26-57.

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