Norwich hosts pair of sectional playoff games

NORWICH – Norwich will host a pair of sectional basketball games tonight with the aim of packing it up and traveling together to Binghamton on Friday for the right to play for a Section IV championship.

Norwich’s girls look for their second straight sectional finals appearance when they open action at 6 p.m. at Jack Jones Gymnasium against Susquehanna Valley. It will be a third meeting this season between the Tornado and the Sabers with each team holding wins on the other club’s home floor.

Meanwhile, another chapter will be written in the storied NHS-Oneonta rivalry with the boys competing in the nightcap. Game time is approximately 7:45 p.m..

“Our kids understand the history of the rivalry, and it should be a great atmosphere,” said Norwich coach Tom Collier, a 1976 Norwich graduate.

Led my Dennis Oralls’ season-high 28-point night and Seth Thomsen’s 18-point game, Norwich led from the first quarter forward, and pulled away in the fourth for a 61-44 victory over the ‘Jackets.

“That game doesn’t mean anything now,” Collier said. “They just beat the number 10 team in the state (Waverly), who is a really good team. Oneonta is playing very well right now.”

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