Norwich Defense Holds Steady At Oneonta
Published: January 28th, 2013
By: Patrick Newell

Evening Sun Report

Boys’ Basketball

Norwich 53, Oneonta 39

ONEONTA – A week off did not create any additional holes in the Norwich defense.

The Purple Tornado held the opposition under 40 points for the fourth straight game – all wins – in Friday’s STAC division win at Oneonta.

Kyle Edwards, returning to the Norwich lineup for the first time in four weeks, hit a key driving basket in the fourth quarter, and also added a three-pointer to spark the pull-away win.

Sophomore Zan Stewart had his most complete game posting a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards. Grant Brightman scored 13, and point guard Michael Sutton had 11 points and seven assists.

Norwich coach Tom Collier singled out one possession in the second half that demonstrated his team’s unselfish play. “It was just a six-point game, and we had all five guys touch the ball,” Collier said. “The passes were bang-bang-bang, and Zanny was able to knock down a three at the end of it. It was just great teamwork, and we did that several times.”

Best of all, Norwich held Oneonta to just 30 percent shooting for the game as everyone in the Norwich lineup saw plenty of minutes. “Everyone came in and contributed something positive,” Collier said. “We’re starting to get a little healthier. We’re surviving, and tonight was another step forward against a team that is improving.”

Norwich’s junior varsity team rallied from 10 down at the half to pick up a 55-47 win. Chris Trevisani and Brendon Budd scored 12 points apiece for Norwich, Jamison Luke grabbed nine boards, and Jordan Vinal dished out six assists.

Norwich: Kyle Edwards, 3 0-0 7, Danny Carson, 3 1-2 7, Michael Oralls, 0 1-4 1, Michael Sutton, 4 2-3 11, Zan Stewart, 4 4-6 14; Matt Burke, 0 0-0 0, Storm Cook, 0 0-0 0, Grant Brightman, 4 5-6 13, Cody Barnes, 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 13-21-53.

Oneonta: Skylar Thompson 4 3-3 13, Ben Southern 0 0-0 0, Jacob Mykytyn 0 0-0 0, Mike Wolstenholme 0 0-0 0, Paul Bischoff 1 1-2 3, Noah Sheehan 1 0-0 3, Thomas Slicer 0 0-0 0, Alec Picinich 4 3-4 12, Kevin Smith 1 1-1 3, Taharen Williams 0 0-0 0, Mitchel Couch 2 1-2 5. Totals: 13 9-12-39.

NHS 12 11 13 17–53

OHS 12 8 8 11–39

Three-point field goals: (N) Sutton Stewart, Edwards; (O) Thompson 2, Sheehan, Picinich. JV:  Norwich won 55-47.

Sidney 61, B-G 45

SIDNEY – Sidney used a big second quarter to pull away from Bainbridge-Guilford Friday and remain unbeaten in Midstate Athletic Conference play.

Billy Kozak hit six three-pointers for Sidney to finish with 22 points. The Warriors (12-1), up by five after one period, held the Bobcats to just three points in the second to extend the lead to 16. “We had some good looks in the paint in the second quarter, and our lack of offensive rebounding allowing Sidney to get its transition game going,” said B-G coach Greg Warren. “That is what we wanted to avoid.”

Corbin Palmer (15), Brooks Harmon (14), and Austin Bauerle (12) combined for all but four of B-G’s points. Bauerle added 16 rebounds and five blocks shots in the defeat.

B-G: Austin Bauerle 4 3-3 12, Brooks Harmon 6 2-2 14, Corbin Palmer 7 1-5 15, Lucas Butcher 1 1-2 4, Mike Carlin 0 0-0 0, Tyler Johnson 0 0-0 0, Dylan Moffitt 0 0-0 0, Ryan Jones 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 8-12 45.

Sidney: Jordan Constable 0 0-0 0, Nick Meno 1 0-0 2, Hunter Sowersby 2 1-2 6, Pat Vibbard 0 0-0 0, Damian Zimmer 7 0-0 14, Mike Ward 0 0-0 0, Bill Kozak, 8 0-0 22, Brandon Walters 1 6-7 8, Mike Cruz 1 1-2 3, Trey Crawford 0 0-0 0, Austin McCarroll 0 0-0 0, Joe Matzel 3 0-1 6. Totals: 23 8-12-61.

B-G 8 3 17 17 – 45

Sidney 13 14 18 16 – 61

Three-point goals: (B) Bauerle, Butcher; (S) Sowersby, Kozak 6. JV: Sidney won 69-37.

Oxford 59, Bainbridge-Guilford 52

OXFORD – Oxford built a double-digit lead in the first half, and held off the Bobcats in the second half for the victory Saturday night.

Andrew Golden topped the 30-point mark finishing with 32 points, and Cameron Heggie added 14. “We started slow in the first two quarters, and that hurt us,” said B-G coach Greg Warren.

Austin Bauerle had 21 points and 13 rebounds for B-G, Corbin Palmer, and Corbin Palmer netted 15. “Austin and Corbin played very good games for us, and Lucas (Butcher) had his best game since coming back from an injury,” Warren said.

Golden took a seat for most of the third quarter after picking up his fourth foul. The Blackhawks ceded five points of their advantage before Golden returned in the fourth. “We were kind of scrambling for points in the third quarter, and (with Golden out), it changed the look of the game,” said Oxford coach Tim Davis.

Golden added 15 rebounds to his points, while Kevin Davis pulled down 11 boards and dished out nine assists.

Oxford, winners of six out of seven games, hosts Sidney Tuesday.

Oxford: Matt Moore, 2 2-3-8; Cameron Heggie, 6 2-2-14; Daniel Lawton, 0; Jeff Lawton, 0; Andrew Golden, 10 10-15-32; Paul Wonka, 1 0-4-2; Kevin Davis, 1 1-2-3. Totals: 20 15-26-59.

B-G: Dylan Moffitt, 0; Lucas Butcher, 3 2-2-8; Tim Walts, 0; Mike Carlin, 2 2-2-6; Nick Gronowski, 0; Corbin Palmer, 5 5-7-15; Austin Bauerle, 9 2-4-21; Brooks Harmon, 1 0-0-2. Totals: 20 11-15-52.

Oxfd 16 18 10 15–59

B-G 9 12 15 16–52

Three-point goals: (BG) Bauerle, (O) Matt Moore 2, Golden 2. JV: Oxford won 58-25.

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