Norwich wins in hostile environment, stays unbeaten

Boys’ Basketball

Norwich 61, Chenango Valley 47

FENTON - In a battle of state-ranked unbeatens, Norwich won a rematch of last year’s Section IV Class B final dominating the second half to pull away for the win.

Grant Brightman scored a career-high 15 points off the bench, and Kyle Edwards scored 12 to go with seven rebounds. Michael Sutton added 10 assists, and the Tornado finished with 18 assists and a season-low eight turnovers.

“It was really good for us to go into a hostile environment against a good team and get the win,” said Norwich coach Tom Collier. “But we’re not going to make more of the win that that. We came into the game well prepared, and our kids were confident. It showed on the court tonight.”

Norwich stretched a two-point halftime lead to 45-34 at the end of the third, and a Brightman basket with under two minutes to play had Norwich up by 20.

Edwards was equally effective on the defensive side of the ball checking CV’s high-scoring forward, Zack Collins. Collins was limited to 11 points on three three-pointers. “Collins is one of the best players in our league taking the ball to the rim, and to hold him without a two-point field goal, that was just a tremendous defensive effort by Kyle,” Collier said. “We had great defense from our entire team tonight, but it all started with Kyle.”

Norwich used all 11 men on its roster, and eight different players had at least two baskets. “Our game plan all season is to pressure teams, and wear them down,” Collier said. “We were able to do that tonight.”

Norwich is idle until next Tuesday when it plays at Windsor.

Norwich: Kyle Edwards, 5 0-0-12; Danny Carson, 2 0-0-6; Mike Oralls, 3 0-0-6; Michael Sutton, 4 0-0-8; Kingsley Thomas, 0 0-0-0; Zan Stewart, 2 0-0-5; Matt Burke, 0; Storm Cook, 2 1-1-5; Michael D’Abbraccio, 0; Grant Brightman, 5 5-7-15; Cody Barnes, 2 0-0-4. Totals:  25 6-8-61.

CV: Gavin Ashman, 2 0-0-4, Brian Ball, 0, Shane Callan, 0, Zach Cole, , Zach Collins, 3 2-4-11, Kasey Edwards, 0 , John Ferranti, 0, Evan Grunder, 0, Luke Grunder 0, Robby Hess, 0, Pat Norris, 3 0-0-8, Matt Personius, 1 0-2-3, Chris Ruffo, 7 4-6-21, Eric Silvanic, , David Trudeaux, 0 . Totals: 16 6-12-47.

NHS 11 13 20 17–61

CVa. 9 13 12 13–47

Fouled out: none. Three-point goals: (N) Edwards 2, Carson, Stewart. (CV) Collins 3, Ruffo 3, Personious, Norris 2. JV: Chenango Valley won.

Richfield Springs 65, G-MU 33

COPES CORNERS – For the second straight game, G-MU struggled out of the box trailing 26-2 after one period in Wednesday’s loss to Richfield Springs.

Brandon Smith scored 14 points for Richfield Springs to lead three players in double figures. “We keep digging ourselves big holes,” said G-MU coach Rick Mohrein. “We’re slow starters for some reason, and we need to work through those tough beginnings. When you’re playing from behind the whole game, it changes your philosophy of the game.”

Tim French scored 12 points for G-MU, who play at Milford Friday.

Richfield Springs: Keegan Wheelock-Tanner, 3 1-2-7; Luke Van Riper, 5 2-2-12; Joe Kelly, 3 0-0-6; T. Worobey, 2 0-2-6; Siver, 0; Young, 0 1-2-1; Singh, 0; Holland, 2 0-0-6; Huila, 4 2-2-10; Swartout, 1 1-2-3; Brandon Smith, 6 2-4-14. Totals: 26 9-16-65.

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