Norwich rally falls shy

Boys’ Basketball

Johnson City 63, Norwich 59

JOHNSON CITY – Norwich’s “hack-a-Shaq” ploy in the fourth quarter almost worked.

Fouling the Wildcats’ players at every turn in the final quarter, Norwich parlayed the Wildcats’ endless stream of missed free throws into a furious comeback that left it just a few points shy.

Seth Thomsen scored 12 in the last quarter, Eric Walling had eight, and Dennis Oralls six to nearly erase JC’s 26-point lead late in the third and 21-point advantage to start the fourth. Walling had a look a three ball in the final minute that would have tied the game, but was off the mark, said Norwich coach Tom Collier.

“It was an unbelievable fourth quarter,” Collier said. “Everyone on the bench was jumping up and down, and we had guys diving all over the court. All 11 guys we played contributed.”

That comeback was not enough to offset nearly three quarters of Johnson City dominance. Isaiah Washington scored nine in the opening quarter, and Ryan Clark had 12 of his 20 points in the second half lifting Johnson City to a 16-point lead at the half and 50-29 edge heading to the fourth.

“Our effort in the first half was okay, but it needs to be exemplary,” Collier said. “We found out how hard we can play in the second half, but we just didn’t play hard enough in the first half.”

Thomsen scored 17 to lead Norwich, Oralls had 13, and Walling, in his most significant minutes of the season, scored 13 points off the bench. The loss was the second straight for NHS, who drop into second place in the STAC Central division behind co-leaders JC and Susquehanna Valley. “Mathematically, I don’t know if we can win the division,” Collier said. “It’s disappointing to lose two games in a row, but our goal remains the same: To win the Class B title.”

Norwich plays at Elmira tonight in a non-division game.

Norwich: Kyle Edwards, 2 1-3-5; Danny Carson, 1 1-4-3; Dennis Oralls, 3 6-6-13; Michael Sutton, 1 2-4-4; Nate Ashton, 0; Grady Thompson, 0; Seth Thomsen, 7 2-3-17; Ian Weaver, 1 0-0-2; Eric Walling, 5 0-2-13; Storm Cook, 0; Grant Brightman, 1 0-4-2. Totals: 21 12-26-59.

JC: Pellicciotti, 0; Cody Arvanitakis, 4 2-6-13; Grant Vicks, 5 4-12-15 Mazvck, 0; Isaiah Washington, 4 1-11-9; Marshall, 1 0-2-2; Ryan Clark, 9 1-5-20; Cutting, 0 4-6-4. Totals: 23 12-42-63.

NHS 6 8 15 30–59

JCity 17 13 20 13–63

Fouled out: (N) Edwards, Carson, Thompson. Three-point goals: (N) Oralls, Walling 3, Thomsen 1. (JC) Arvanitakis 3, Clark, Vicks.

Greene 70, Unadilla Valley 60

NEW BERLIN – UV coach Matt Osborne pointed to the middle two quarters as the difference in his club’s loss to Greene Friday evening.

Dan Treadwell scored 10 points in the second quarter for the Trojans, who erased a seven-point UV lead after one quarter to take a 33-28 lead at halftime.

Dan Carlin canned two three balls in the third for the Trojans, who widened the gap to 15.

“We just didn’t play well in the second and third quarters,” Osborne said. “We focused on Adams (Sam) because he’s their big guy, but Carlin and Treadwell stepped up and made shots. Greene also picked up its defensive intensity, and forced us into a lot of turnovers and bad shots.”

Carlin led four Greene players in double figures scored 15 points. Treadwell was next with 14, Ryan Borst chimed in with 12, and Adams bucketed 10.

Justin Hofer led UV with 16 points, and Jesse Ranger added 10.

Greene: Dan Treadwell, 3 7-8-14; Zach Wentlent, 4 4-6-12; Joe Beckwith, 1 0-0-3; Sam Adams, 3 4-4-10 ; Jeff Carlin 5 3-5-15; Ryan Borst, 3 6-8-12; Akeem Daniels, 1 0-0-2; Jeremy Flohr, 1 0-0-2; Brandon Davis, 0. Totals: 21 24-31-70.

UV: Kurt Haycook, 1 3-4-5; Jack Wilcox, 2 5-8-9; Jesse Ranger, 3 2-4-10; Brandon Miles, 3 2-2-8; Justin Hofer, 7 2-2-16; Brett Smith, 4 1-2-11; Nate Shackelton, 0 1-2-1. Totals: 20 16-24-60.

Gree. 10 23 20 17–70

UVal 17 11 10 22–60

Fouled out: none. Three-point goals: (G) Carlin 2, Beckwith, Treadwell, (UV) Ranger 2, Smith 2. JV: Greene won.

McGraw 66, Otselic Valley 54

MCGRAW – McGraw constructed a huge bulge in the first half against the visiting Vikings Friday night, and rode that lead to a second straight win over Otselic Valley this season.

McGraw tossed in 26 points in the first quarter, and held a 46-19 lead at intermission. “We got way behind, and we just couldn’t do anything at all,” said OV coach Dave Loomis, who said his team trailed by as many as 30 points. “We got it back to 11 in the fourth quarter with about four minutes left, but couldn’t get over the hump. We made a game of it, I just wish we didn’t get so far behind.”

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