Johnson City eliminates Norwich from playoffs

Evening Sun Report

Boys’ Basketball

Johnson City 75, Norwich 48

NORWICH – Norwich devised plan after plan to defeat Johnson City, and every time, the Wildcats had a new way to beat the Tornado.

Norwich’s season ended Saturday night at home when JC picked up their third win over the Tornado in the last 2 1/2 weeks. Norwich finished the season with a 15-4 record losing three of four times to their nemesis to the south. “We have nothing to hang our heads about,” said Norwich coach Mark Abbott. “Our four losses (one to Seton Catholic as well) came to teams who have a great chance at winning sectional championships.”

As it did in the most recent meeting, Norwich stayed tight with Johnson City for a good portion of the opening quarter. Jacob Kelly’s two free throws put Norwich in front 9-8. Johnson ended the quarter on a 13-0 run, seven of those points coming from Grant Vicks, who had 10 of his 15 points in the opening stanza. Vicks had all of his points by halftime, and the Wildcats maintained a 34-22 halftime lead despite top scoring guard Ian Pettiford’s spot on the bench due to foul trouble.

“That just shows the depth that Johnson City has offensively,” Abbott said. “Vicks had 15 points in this game, and just a total of six in the previous three meetings.”

While Vicks was scoreless the rest of the way, he had other teammates – Troy Robinson and Pettiford – pick up the slack. Robinson had the first seven points of the third quarter and 10 in the eight-minute period on his way to a 21-point night. Pettiford, held in check most of the game, poured in 13 points in the last quarter to also finish with 21 points.

Rashawn Powell, who scored 39 combined points in the previous two JC wins over Norwich, scored just eight in the two clubs’ final meeting. “We really had ideas we thought would work against them,” Abbott said. “But guys made plays we weren’t counting on. They are very, very good.”

Josh Favaloro was the lone Tornado player in double figures finishing with 10 points, and Jon Foulds added nine. “It’s been a heck of a three years for us,” Abbott said, noting his club has gone 54-12 in that span. “We have had to replace a lot of quality players, but our program speaks for itself, and the younger players see the success we’ve had, and the amount of time and energy it takes to achieve that. They also want to be a part of that.

“This group had worked very hard and they are outstanding young men. They have been a real pleasure to work with, and they certainly have a lot to be proud of. I know I am proud of them.”

Johnson City: Macon, 0 0-0 0, Arvantakis, 0 0-0 0, Safavi, 1 0-0 3, Vicks, 6 0-0 15, Robinson, 10 0-0 21, Washington 1 0-0 3, Pettiford, 8 3-7 21, Ehrets, 1 0-0 2, Powell 1 6-6 8, Jones, 1 0-0 2 Totals: 29 9-13 75

Norwich: Edwards, 0 0-0 0, Ashton 0 0-0 0, Oralls, 3 0-0 7, Favaloro, 4 0-0 10, Kelly, 2 2-2 7, Somich, 3 0-0 8, Weaver, 1 0-0 2, Thompson, 0 0-0 0, Thomsen, 1 2-2 4, Foulds, 3 0-0 9, Wheeler, 0 0-0 0, Walling, 0 0-0 0, Brightman, 0 0-0 0, Martinson, 0 1-2 1 Totals: 17 5-6 48.

Score by quarters

J.C. 21 13 18 23–75

NHS 9 13 5 21–48

Team fouls: (N) 9, (JC) 10. Three-point goals: (JC) Vicks 3, Pettiford 2, Robinson 1, Safavi 1, Washington1. (N) Foulds 3, Favaloro 2, Somich 2, Kelly 1, Oralls 1. Officials: S. Berg, Linehan.

Edmeston 54, G-MU 37

EDMESTON – Edmeston jumped on G-MU early building a 17-point halftime lead en route to a Section IV Class D tournament victory Saturday.

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