Norwich defense holds steady at Oneonta

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.”

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