Tornado boys overcome poor start

Boys’ Basketball

Norwich 52, Owego 46

OWEGO – A week after cruising past Owego in the finals of the Tom Schwan Tournament, Norwich found the road to victory over the Indians Friday night much bumpier.

The Tornado overcame a poor start and a 12-point deficit to defeat Owego for the second time this season. The Tornado missed their first nine shot attempts and were 2-for-18 from the field the first eight minutes. “We played very poor offense in the first quarter,” said Norwich coach Mark Abbott. “We settled for jump shots off the first pass, then stood and watched. We didn’t play with a lot of effort at either end of the floor.”

Abbott used 10 players in the first quarter to find some chemistry on the floor. What ultimately worked was playing more aggressive on the offensive end to put Owego on the defensive.

Dennis Oralls was 4-for-4 from the foul line in the second stanza, and Jacob Kelly made 3-for-4 from behind the charity stripe as Norwich closed the deficit to one point at halftime.

After an even third quarter, Norwich grabbed the lead and held it in the fourth despite four Owego three balls.

Jon Foulds, held to just seven in the game, scored on a basket, and followed that with a three-pointer. Sophomore Kyle Edwards also connected from beyond the arc to give Norwich breathing room. Oralls helped secure the win making 7-of-8 from the foul line to finish with a team-high 15 points. Oralls added eight rebounds and six assists, while Seth Thomsen pulled down a team-high 11 boards. For the game, Norwich went 21-for-26 from the foul line.

“The one good thing that came out of this is that we did win the game,” Abbott said. “Maybe the subplot was that we learned a lesson, and that need to be ready to play in the first quarter.”

Norwich hosts Elmira Free Academy Tuesday in a non-league matchup.

NHS:  Kyle Edwards, 3 0-0-7; Nate Ashton, 0 0-1-0; Dennis Oralls, 1 13-15-15; Patrick Taylor, 1 0-0-2; Josh Favaloro, 2 2-2-6; Jacob Kelly, 2 3-4-8; Frank Somich, 0; Seth Thomsen, 2 3-4-7; Jon Foulds, 3 0-0-7; Zach Martinson, 0 0-0-0. Totals:  14 21-26-52.

Owego:  Matt Worchocki, 5 0-1-10; Nick Larrabee, 3 0-0-8; Stephen Yanchus, 5 1-1-13; Jake Shelley, 0; Robbie Black, 1 0-0-3; Mark Merritt, 4 3-4-12; D.J. Mest, 0. Totals:  18 4-6-46.

Norw.   7  15  8  22–52

Owe. 17   6  7  16–46

Edwards, Kelly, Foulds. (O) Yanchus 2, Larrabee 2, Black, Merritt.  JV:  Owego won 59-50. Officials:  Van Woert, Ehrie.

Otselic Valley 57, McGraw 38

Otselic Valley 72, Tyburn Academy 45

SOUTH OTSELIC – Otselic Valley won back-to-back games this weekend winning in Central Counties League play over McGraw on Friday, and following that up with a non-league win at Tyburn Academy on Saturday.

Trevor Marston, Jeff Pittsley, and Dusty Davis all had 12 rebounds in the win over McGraw. Pittsley led all scorers with 19 points and Davis had 18. “McGraw has a pretty good-sized team, and rebounding was big for us,” said OV coach Dave Loomis. “We did a good job keeping the pressure on them all night, and we were happy to have the win.”

Pittsley followed up his double-double with another double-double scoring a career-high 35 points to go with 14 rebounds. Marston added 12 points for OV (3-0).

“It’s been a pretty good start for us and the kids are playing hard, especially on the defensive end,” Loomis said.

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