Norwich powers past Blue Devils

Evening Sun Report

Boys’ Basketball

Norwich 73, Chenango Forks 38

NORWICH – With a epic STAC matchup against Seton Catholic Central looming on Saturday, it would have been natural for Norwich to look past Chenango Forks.

The Tornado shook off the rust of an eight-day layoff and overcame some early sloppy play to blow out the Blue Devils in Tuesday’s home encounter. “Offensively, we were a little ragged at the beginning, but once we got our legs under us, we seemed to be okay,” said Norwich coach Mark Abbott.

It was the first home date for Norwich in 27 days after playing five straight road games. The Blue Devils traded baskets early with Norwich, and led briefly, 4-2. From that point, Norwich held a 61-17 advantage, one that begain with a 14-3 spurt to end the opening quarter.

Jon Foulds had three buckets in the first stanza, and Dennis Oralls completed a three-point play off a Forks turnover – one of 10 Blue Devils turnovers in the opening quarter.

It was a revolving door of Norwich substitutions throughout the second quarter, and the offense did not slow down a bit. Patrick Taylor’s put-back basket off an Eric Walling miss began an 11-1 salvo to start the second stanza. The lead was at 25 by halftime with the game well in hand for the host.

“It was too much transition play for them,” Abbott said. “We pressed and ran, and we forced them into quick shots. We did a nice job in terms of what we wanted to do, but I wasn’t pleased with the offensive execution early on.”

Foulds led Norwich’s balanced offense with 17 points. Oralls and Seth Thomsen added nine points each, while Nate Ashton and Josh Favaloro split 16 points evenly.

Norwich (10-0) puts its unbeaten record on the line against a Saints club that has one loss, that by one point to Johnson City. “They’re a very good team, especially at home,” Abbott said of the Saints. “We’ve proven we can play well on the road, and it will take a great effort on our part. We’ll go down there and give it our best shot. Being 10-0, not having a loss at this point of season sticks out like a bullseye.”

In the junior varsity game, Norwich’s Matthew Burke had 19 points, while Danny Carson and Robbie Wheeler scored 15 apiece in a 79-49 Tornado victory. The JV team improved to 6-4 with the victory.

Norwich plays at once-beaten Seton Catholic Central on Saturday.

CF: Alex Krolczyk, 3 0-2-6; Cody DeOrdio, 0 0-1-0; Derek Foster, 2 0-2-4; Josh Cortright, 0; Steve Van Kuren, 5 1-2-13; Dan Molter, 5 1-2-13; James Wolcott, 0; Chris Miner, 1 0-0-2; Andrew Ziggenfus, 0 0-0-0. Totals: 16 2-8-38.

NHS: Kyle Edwards, 1 2-4-4; Nate Ashton, 3 0-0-8; Dennis Oralls, 4 1-1-9; Patrick Taylor, 2 1-4-5; Josh Favaloro, 4 0-0-8; Jacob Kelly, 2 2-6-6; Frank Somich, 0; Ian Weaver, 2 0-0-4; Grady Thompson, 0; Seth Thomsen, 4 1-2-9; Jon Foulds, 7 3-4-17; Eric Walling, 0; Zach Martinson, 1 0-0-3. Totals: 30 10-21-73.

CForks 7 6 6 19–38

Norw. 16 22 25 10–73

Fouled out: (CF) Foster. Three-point goals: (N) Martinson, Ashton 2. (CF) Van Kuren 2, Molter 2. Officials: Berg, Ciotoli.

G-MU 50, Cherry Valley-Springfield 44

COPES CORNERS – G-MU made up an eight-point halftime deficit to prevail over Cherry Valley-Springfield Tuesday night, and improve to 8-0 on the season.

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