Johnson City rallies in fourth to beat Tornado

Evening Sun Report

Boys’ Basketball

Johnson City 64, Norwich 58

JOHNSON CITY – Johnson City guard Colin Arvanitakis led a fourth-quarter comeback against Norwich Friday night scoring 12 of his game-high 28 points to hand the Purple Tornado their first loss of the season.

Norwich (5-1), down three players due to injury, maintained a 46-37 lead after three periods. Kyle Edwards had 11 points in the first half for Norwich, while Mike Oralls and freshman Carlos Ithier had five apiece in the third.

Three minutes into the fourth, the Wildcats erased Norwich’s nine-point lead, and took a six-point lead itself heading into the latter portion of the game. The highlight was a five-point play in which Arvanitakis made a three, and teammate DeShaun Jones was fouled under the basket. Jones converted his two free throws for JC putting his team up by one. “The bottom line is that they played better than us,” said Norwich coach Tom Collier. “We had three or four times where there were loose-ball scrambles, and the ball didn’t bounce our way. They made three three-pointers coming out of those scrambles.”

Edwards kept the Tornado in the hunt scoring 10 of Norwich’s 12 points in the final period closing with a team-high 21. Oralls added 12 and Grant Brightman netted 10. “We had an opportunity to win in the end, we just ran out of gas,” Collier said.

Norwich plays Maine-Endwell Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena in the first round of the Stop-DWI tourney.

Norwich: Kyle Edwards, 8 2-4-21; Danny Carson, 3 0-0-6; Mike Oralls, 5 1-2-12; Carlos Ithier, 3 0-0-7; Matt Burke, 0; Michael D’Abbraccio, 0; Grant Brightman, 4 2-6-10; Cody Barnes, 1 0-0-2; Colin Stewart, 0; Jamison Luke, 0. Totals:  24 5-12-58.

J. City: Colin Arvanitakis, 10 3-7-28; Matt Czeitner, 0 3-4-0; Sorial, 0; Ricky Balles, 0; Quinton Johnson, 6 0-0-12; Nick Chilson, 1 0-0-3; Marshall, 0 2-2-2; Cam Gregory, 0; Tupci, 0; Reigelman, 0; DeShaun Jones, 4 8-10-16. Totals: 21 16-23-64

NHS 16 17 13 12–58

JC 14 10 13 27–64

Fouled out: (N) Brightman. Three-point goals: (N) Edwards 3, Oralls, Ithier. (JC) Arvantakis, 5, Chilson.

Unatego 72, Bainbridge-Guilford 69

BAINBRIDGE – Phil Youngs hit two free throws in the final seconds, and Kellen Komenda made one of two charity tosses for the final margin in Unatego’s nip-and-tuck victory over previously-unbeaten B-G Friday.

Unatego led five five at the break, and extended its lead to as many as 12 points in the second half before a furious B-G comeback tied the contest at 69-69.

“We knew it would be a tough test, and I really couldn’t ask any more of the kids,” said B-G coach Greg Warren. “We turned it over a little too much in the first half, and really, it was the little things that made the difference.”

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