Norwich cruises past Forks; S-E offense lacking in road loss

Boys’ Basketball

Norwich 58, Chenango Forks 33

CHENANGO FORKS – Coupled with Susquehanna Valley’s loss to Oneonta Tuesday night, Norwich gained sole possession of first place in the STAC Central Division cruising to a victory over Chenango Forks Tuesday evening.

Norwich seniors Seth Thomsen and Dennis Oralls had 12 and 10 points respectively, and sophomore Michael Sutton contributed 11 points. The Tornado starters were subbed out liberally in the first half, and after the first four minutes of the third quarter, took a seat for the rest of the evening. “We were able to jump out to a big lead, which we wanted to do,” said Norwich coach Tom Collier. “We established some things with our press, mixing defenses, and working in guys that needed to play. We wanted to make sure we got a 20-point lead and play some more guys. Guys that haven’t played much this season got a lot of minutes tonight.”

Norwich led 34-15 at the half, and upped the advantage over 25 points midway through the third stanza. Twelve of the 13 NHS players that dressed found the scoring column.

Norwich plays at Susquehanna Valley Friday, and visits Johnson City next week. “Right now, the division title is within our grasp, but we need to win our next two games,” Collier said.

Norwich: Kyle Edwards, 1 0-0-3; Danny Carson, 0 2-2-2; Dennis Oralls, 4 1-2-10; Michael Sutton, 5 1-2-11; Nate Ashton, 1 0-0-2; Robbie Wheeler, 1 0-0-2; Grady Thompson, 1 0-0-2; Seth Thomsen, 4 4-6-12; Ian Weaver, 2 2-2-6; Eric Walling, 0 3-4-3; Storm Cook, 0; Grant Brightman, 1 1-3-3; Michael D’Abbraccio, 1 0-0-2. Totals: 21 14-21-58.

Chenango Forks: Christian Melvin, 1 6-6-8; Cannon, 1 5-5-7; Ziegerfus, 3 0-0-7; Link, 0; Dan Gridley, 1 0-0-2 ; Robert Story, 1 0-0-3; Chris Miner, 3 0-0-6. Totals: 10 11-11-33.

NHS 15 19 16 8–58

CFks 5 11 11 6–33

Fouled out: none. Three-point goals: (N) Edwards, Oralls, (CF) Ziegerfus, Story. JV: Norwich won 73-28.

Sauquoit Valley 44, Sherburne-Earlville 39

SAUQUOIT – Other than its bigs on the interior, Sherburne-Earlville found little success on offense Tuesday night at Sauquoit Valley.

Colin Jackson scored six straight points for SV in the fourth quarter, and S-E went without a field goal the last 3:25 of the game as Sauquoit finished the game on a 7-1 run.

“We didn’t shoot it well from the perimeter, and that obviously hurt us,” said S-E coach Kevin Vibbard. “You’re not going to win half your modified games scoring only 39 points. We just didn’t play with the intensity necessary to win a varsity basketball game.”

Forwards Sam Caton and Austin Jasper had 15 and 10 points respectively, and Matt Smith added 10 for the Marauders (8-3).

S-E hosts Adirondack Friday.

S-E: Randy Briggs, 0; Carter Cole, 0; Jesse Yerton, 0; Sam Caton, 5 5-7-15; Paul Romanenko, 0; John McDaniel, 0; Cole Hodges, 0 2-4-2; Mick Khoury, 0 2-6-2; Austin Jasper, 5 0-2-10; Matt Smith, 2 5-8-10. Totals: 12 14-27-39.

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