Favaloro sparks Norwich to win over Horseheads

Boys’ Basketball

Norwich 62, Horseheads 47

NORWICH – For more than a quarter and a half, Norwich played as sloppy as it has all season before an unlikely player stepped up and sparked the Tornado to a strong first-half finish.

Senior Josh Favaloro, averaging less than four points a game and known more for his hustling defense, had 12 of his career-high 17 points in the opening half. During a 15-2 run to close the opening half, Favaloro converted a three-point play after a driving layup, and had another steal and layup with 1:31 left in the second stanza as part of an 11-0 spurt to close the first half.

“It was nice to see (Favaloro) score like that, and he’s not usually the guy at the top of the scoring chart,” said Norwich coach Mark Abbott. “Tonight was a just reward for all of his hustle. He scored off steals, in transition, and he also hit a couple of threes. His points came at a key time for us.”

Norwich turned the ball over 12 times in the opening half and 25 for the game. Still, it was able to extend the advantage to as many as 21 points early in the fourth quarter.

“With the importance of our upcoming games, we need to take better care of the basketball and be more productive from the free throw line,” Abbott said. “Fortunately, our defense and rebounding remain rock-solid.”

Norwich finished the third quarter in similar fashion to the second scoring six of the last eight points to lead 50-33. Early in the fourth, Seth Thomsen put back an offensive rebound, and Dennis Oralls’ three ball in the left corner boosted the Tornado lead to 55-34.

Jon Foulds, who scored in every quarter for Norwich, added 16 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, and four blocked shots. Thomsen had 15 points and nine caroms, and starting guard Jacob Kelly dished out eight assists. Norwich finished 50 percent from the field (26-for-52), while holding Horseheads to 31.5 percent from the field (18-for-57).

“We’re heading into a big stretch of games against divisional opponents, and all of the teams we beat on the road, are now coming to our place,” Abbott said. “We have a one-game division lead and control our own destiny (for the playoffs). At this point of the season, you can’t ask for anything more than that.”

HH: Williamson, 0; Nice Van Brunt, 1 0-0-2 Calvin Woolhiser, 2 1-2-6; Patrick Makowsky, 5 3-4-16; Lewis, 0; Arnold, 0; David Yorio, 2 0-1-4; Dylan Manwarren, 0; Michael Abrunzo, 2 1-4-5; Ryan Sindelar, 1 0-2-2; Bobby Beeman, 5 0-0-12. Totals: 18 5-13-47.

NHS: Kyle Edwards, 0; Nate Ashton, 0; Dennis Oralls, 2 0-0-6; Patrick Taylor, 0; Josh Favaloro, 7 1-1-17; Jacob Kelly, 0; Frank Somich, 0; Ian Weaver, 1 0-0-2; Grady Thompson, 1 0-0-2; Seth Thomsen, 7 1-5-15; Jon Foulds, 6 2-6-16; Eric Walling, 0; Zach Martinson, 2 0-0-4. Totals: 26 4-12-62.

H’heads 10 11 12 14–47

Norw. 14 22 14 12–62

Fouled out: none. Three-point goals: (N) Oralls 2, Favaloro 2, Foulds 2. (H) Makowsky 3, Beeman 2, Woolhiser. JV: Norwich won 62-47. Officials: Miller, Haynes.

Sidney 48, Oxford 37

OXFORD – Oxford slumped to 2-for-14 shooting in the second quarter as Sidney was able to grab the lead and extend it through the third quarter.

Dylan Umbra had 18 points for the Warriors, who beat Oxford for the second time this season. Alex Heil canned three treys scoring 14 to provide an able complement to Umbra. “Umbra is tough and doesn’t force stuff. He smooth and confident, a lot like Alex Champlain was for us two years ago,” said Oxford coach Tim Davis.

Andrew Golden had more than half of Oxford’s points finishing with 20 points in the loss. “I think we played better overall than the first time we played them (a 63-38 loss),” Davis said. “We played really hard defense, and I think we tired. We were taking pretty good shots, we just weren’t making them.”

Sidney: Brandon Walters, 0; Matt Vogel, 1 0-0-2; Andy Kozak, 0 2-2-2 ; Josh Wilce, 1 0-0-2; Dylan Umbra, 5 7-9-18; Corbin Curley, 0; Tom O'Halloran, ; Alex Heil, 5 1-2-14; Tanner Westcott, 5 0-0-10; Logan Raymond, 0. Totals: 17 10-13-48.

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