Norwich warms to task, blows out Owego

Boys’ Basketball

Norwich 71, Owego 39

NORWICH - Norwich reacquainted itself with its home floor Wednesday night hosting its first game in 34 days. After a sluggish start, the Tornado warmed to the task rolling past visiting Owego.

Danny Carson led with 16 points, Cody Barnes had a season-high 15, Mike Oralls contributed 13, and reserve Michael D’Abbraccio had his best varsity game piling up nine points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists.

“He has always been capable of this,” said Norwich coach Tom Collier of D’Abbraccio. “He had a good week of practice, and we were hoping he would play well tonight.”

D’Abbraccio, Barnes, Oralls, and Grant Brightman were a big part of Norwich’s second-half blowout. After Owego scored the first nine points of the third quarter, the Tornado proceeded on a 30-7 spurt of its own. The four aforementioned players, all forwards in the Norwich offense, played “buddy ball” Collier said depending on which ones were on the floor. “They’re each other’s low post buddy, that’s why we call it ‘buddy ball,’” Collier said. “They did a great job looking for each other and sharing the ball.”

Dylan Angulas had two early second-half buckets for Owego, and Tyler Ford’s driving layup drew the Indians to within 35-27 prompting a Norwich timeout. From that point, it was all Norwich.

Danny Carson scored on a layup after aMatt Burke “drive-and-dish,” D’Abbraccio had a pair buckets as did Barnes. It was more of the same in the fourth as Norwich started the quarter on a 12-2 run. Of the six baskets to start the fourth, all came with assists.

Oralls had 11 of his points in the fourth and Barnes scored nine in a 24-7 final period. “We struggled a little bit against their zone early in the second half,” Collier said. “We made an adjustment during a timeout, and we started to convert our open looks.”

Carson’s frenzied, scrappy play led the Torando to a 35-18 halftime lead. D’Abbraccio and Carson each hit three-pointers in the final minute of the half to finish the quarter on a 16-2 run.

Norwich (6-3) finished with 27 total team assists on 32 points in producing its highest point total of the season. The Tornado host Seton Catholic Central Tuesday.

JV: Norwich’s junior varsity club improved its record to 5-3 defeating the Indians, 65-46. Brendon Budd came off the bench to hit four three pointers finishing with a team-high 16 points.

Owego: Zach Thomas, 1 0-0-2; Brandon Hathaway, 1 1-2-3; Tyler Ford, 4 3-3-11; L. Gibson, 0 ; Dylan Angulas, 4 0-2-8; S. Smith, 2 0-1-4; Zach Paradies, 1 1-2-4; B. Morris, 2 0-0-5; Eric Dimock, 1 0-0-2. Totals: 17 5-10-39 .

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