Tornado flip switch in second half

Boys’ Basketball

Norwich 74, Windsor 42

NORWICH – Norwich flipped a switch offensively and defensively in the third quarter, and turned a close game into a blowout win Friday night at Jack Jones Gymnasium.

Norwich, tied with Windsor at 20-apiece in the second quarter, finished the first half on a 12-2 run led by a pair of three balls from Kyle Edwards. The two clubs traded threes early in the third before NHS truly took control.

Edwards canned two more threes, and Dennis Oralls bucketed 11 of his 17 points during the quarter as the Tornado closed the third on a 22-7 spurt.

“We started slow against Seton, and we’ve started slow almost every game,” said Norwich coach Tom Collier. “Our defensive intensity wasn’t good enough early on. To Windsor’s credit, they played really hard, and they played really hard the whole game.”

Providing a big lift for Norwich off the bench in the first half was senior Eric Walling, who is rounding into shape after battling ankle issues the first month of the season. Walling drained a big three ball during Norwich’s closing first-half run.

“The big thing in the second half is that we didn’t give them a cushion defensively, and we went back to our full-court pressure,” Collier said. “We have some huge games coming up, and Oneonta will be a massive test for us Monday. They’re all forwards and we’re all guards. It should be an interesting game because of the contrast in styles.”

Edwards had 20 points to lead NHS, and Seth Thomsen added 10. The Tornado bench totaled 25 points, the third time in four games in which the Tornado reserves totaled at least 20 points. “We’re not good enough to beat teams on talent alone,” Collier said. “But we are good enough to grind teams out with our depth.”

Norwich improved to 7-2 overall with the win.

Windsor: Logan Doolittle, 0; Adam Wilmot, 0; Josh Cady, 1 0-0-3; Brandon Howard, 6 0-3-15; Steve Laryea, 0; Nick DiNardo, 0; Ben Rivera, 2 1-2-5; Spencer Nagle, 0 0-2-0; Jake Conroy, 3 2-4-8; Troy Teed, 2 1-2-5; Nate Wrighter, 3 0-0-6. Totals: 17 4-13-42.

Norwich: Kyle Edwards, 6 3-3-20; Dennis Oralls, 6 3-4-17; Michael Sutton, 2 0-0-5; Danny Carson, 0; Nate Ashton, 1 0-0-2; Robbie Wheeler, 1 0-0-2; Grady Thompson, 0; Seth Thomsen, 5 0-0-10; Ian Weaver, 0; Eric Walling, 2 2-2-7; Storm Cook, 2 0-0-4; Grant Brightman, 0 2-4-2; Michael D’Abbraccio, 2 0-0-5. Totals: 27 10-13-74.

Wind. 14 8 12 8–42

NHS 16 16 27 15–74

Fouled out: none. Team fouls: (W) 14, (N) 14. Three-point goals: (N) Edwards 5, Oralls 2, Sutton, Walling, D’Abbraccio. (W) Howard 3, Cady. JV: Norwich won 72-50.

Morris 52, G-MU 34

COPES CORNERS – In a pivotal Tri-Valley League division showdown Friday night, Morris dominated the second half and fourth quarter in particular to hand the Raiders their second loss of the season.

Levi Decker and Mike Deluca had 19 and 18 points respectively for the Mustangs, who closed the game with a 18-5 fourth quarter.

“We really got handled in the second half,” said G-MU coach Bill Hartman in summing up the contest.

DeMario Reed had 14 points for G-MU (7-2), who trailed 18-17 at the halftime break.

Morris: Zach Doyle 0 1-2 1, Scott Maricle 0 0-0 0, Kyle Joyce 0 0-0 0, Justin Schaffer 2 0-0 4, Skylar Maricle 2 0-0 4, Mike Deluca 7 3-5 18, Levi Decker 8 0-1 19, Kerry Smith 3 0-0 6, Collin Hull 0 0-0 0, Brandon Shelly 0 0-0 0. Totals: 22 4-8-52.

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