Norwich 66, Elmira Free Academy 38
NORWICH – Several minutes into Wednesday night’s home game with Elmira Free Academy, Norwich had just two points on the board, it trailed by four points, and NHS head coach Mark Abbott decided to sub out his entire starting lineup.
“We just looked awfully ragged offensively,” Abbott said of his team’s start. “We missed some chippies and had some careless turnovers.”
Off the bench, sophomore Kyle Edwards and senior Frank Somich hit three balls, and Edwards added two free throws as part of an 8-0 run to give Norwich the lead for good. Edwards had 11 points by halftime and finished with a season-best 15.
“We put in five new guys to give (Elmira) a new look, and our bench gave us a big spark,” Abbott said. “It also got our first group more emotionally involved. They (the starters) weren’t disappointed at all, and were supportive. When they came back into the game, they had more energy. It wasn’t that they weren’t playing hard, they just weren’t playing well.”
Norwich had a 12-point lead at halftime, and managed to work that advantage up to 54-27 with under two minutes left in the third quarter. Dennis Oralls scored nine of his 13 points, while Seth Thomsen and Jon Foulds each had a pair of buckets.
“We played very well in the third quarter, and it was a pretty solid effort after the first quarter,” Abbott said.
Norwich (4-0) is at Susquehanna Valley on Friday, and travels to Johnson City next week to face a rugged, athletic Wildcats club.
“We have two tough tests coming up,” Abbott said. “SV is big and strong, and JC is very fast and athletic. We’re neither of those, but what we do have is good skill and a lot of heart. I’m sure we’ll be ready to play on Friday.”
NOTES: Before Wednesday night’s game, the Norwich boys’ basketball teams dedicated this season’s game program to Jim Dunne and Pete Smith. Each man is a Norwich graduate (Dunne in ‘55 and Smith in ‘63), and both have faithfully supported Norwich sports their entire lives.
EFA: Lavon Crawley, 1 2-2-4; Doug McCloe, 1 0-0-3; JT Rice, 0; Trevor Maycumber, 1 0-0-2; Dan Carley, 1 1-2-4; Tyler Maycumber, 0; Satchal Waters, 3 1-2-8; Matt Gilroy, 2 0-0-5; Jalen Mouzon, 1 2-4-4; Erik Simmons, 2 0-1-4; Zach Nierstedt, 1 2-2-4. Totals: 13 8-13-38.
NHS: Kyle Edwards, 4 6-7-15; Nate Ashton, 1 0-0-2; Dennis Oralls, 3 6-6-13; Patrick Taylor, 2 1-2-5; Josh Favaloro, 0; Jacob Kelly, 3 1-3-8; Frank Somich, 1 0-0-3; Ian Weaver, 0; Grady Thompson, 1 0-2-3; Seth Thomsen, 3 0-0-6; Jon Foulds, 4 0-0-9; Eric Walling, 0 2-4-2; Zach Martinson, 0. Totals: 22 16-24-66.
EFA 12 5 16 5–38
NHS 14 15 25 12–66
Fouled out: none. Three-point goals: (N) Edwards, Oralls, Kelly, Somich, Thompson, Foulds. (E) Gilroy, Waters, McCloe. JV: Norwich won 62-48. Officials: Haynes, Dadamio.
Unadilla Valley 78, Deposit 37
NEW BERLIN – Unadilla Valley had its best offensive game in three seasons, and hammered that fact home with a 34-point second stanza to create a 52-14 halftime lead over winless Deposit Wednesday.
“We had to have shot over 75 percent in that quarter, and that included making four three-pointers,” said UV coach Matt Osborne after his club’s first win this season. “We changed up defenses, and that confused them. On offense, we spread the ball around, we were patient, and we took good shots.”
Justin Hofer had three treys in the second stanza on his way to a team-high 18 points. Travis Conklin scored 17, while Brett Smith and Mason Talbot bucketed 10 apiece.
UV is at Sidney Friday.
Deposit: Josh Koch, 1 0-0-3; Brett Merrill, 3 0-0-7; Evan Thomas, 2 4-4-8; Mike Zaroha, 0 4-4-4; Trevor Hunter, 1 6-8-8; James Athley, 0; Doug Raymond, 1 2-2-4; Kevin Christ, 1 0-0-3. Totals: 9 16-18-37.
UV: Jack Wilcox, 3 0-0-6; Jesse Ranger, 1 3-4-5; Brandon Miles, 4 0-1-8; Justin Hofer, 5 5-8-18; Gunnar Sheldon, 0; David Blomquist, 1 2-2-4; Brett Smith, 4 0-0-10; Travis Conklin, 7 3-4-17; Mason Talbot, 4 2-4-10. Totals: 29 15-23-78.
Dep 7 7 12 11–37
UVa 18 34 14 12–78
Fouled out: none. Three-point goals: (UV) Hofer 3, Smith 2, (d0 Christ, Koch, Merrill. JV: UV won. Officials: Wilcey, Cook.
Oxford 43, Delhi 42
DELHI – Four games into the 2010-2011 season, Oxford earned its first win, and it didn’t come easy.
Trailing Delhi by four points with under a minute to play, Andrew Golden drained a three-pointer to cut the deficit to one. On the next possession, Oxford guard Justin Schray picked up a steal. That led to Golden’s short jumper from the corner of the foul line with 11 seconds left. It was the first lead for Oxford since the late stages of the first quarter. Delhi’s final shot attempt was off the mark, and Booker Davis grabbed his 18th rebound of the game. Davis also led the Oxford offense with 16 points. Golden scored 13...