Norwich registers lopsided victory

Boys’ Basketball

Norwich 69, Chenango Forks 34

CHENANGO FORKS – Norwich is still unbeaten in 2013.

The Purple Tornado registered their most lopsided victory of the season Friday night at Chenango Forks, and stretched their winning streak to six games. During the winning streak, Norwich has won by double digits each time, and no opposing team has reached the 40-point mark.

“Our goal on defense was to hold them under 40,” said Norwich coach Tom Collier, whose club now sports an 11-3 record.

Norwich offset a 32 percent shooting night with 30 made free throws in 42 attempts. Danny Carson was 8-for-8 from the foul line in the first half alone scoring 10 of his 14 points, and Mike Sutton added 11 of his 13 as Norwich opened a 36-20 halftime lead.

“They hung with us pretty well in the first quarter,” Collier said. “The difference was that they switched from zone to man-to-man (defense), and I think that was a mistake. That’s why we got to the foul line so much.”

Norwich’s starting lineup was done for the day by the end of the third quarter with the lead swelling to 21 points. Over the final eight minutes, the Purple reserves padded the advantage. Matt Burke scored 12 of his season-best 13 points over the final eight minutes, and Michael D’Abbraccio netted all eight of his points.

Leading the NHS defense was sophomore Mike Oralls, who grabbed 10 of his club’s 39 total rebounds. Four other players had at least two steals. “The biggest thing for us now is that we’re getting healthy,” Collier said. “We got off to a good start again in this game, and having Kyle (Edwards) back in the starting lineup has helped everyone’s confidence.”

Norwich plays at unbeaten, state-ranked Susquehanna Valley on Tuesday.

Norwich: Kyle Edwards, 1 1-2-3; Danny Carson, 3 8-8-14; Mike Oralls, 2 3-6-7; Michael Sutton, 4 4-6-13; Zan Stewart, 3 0-0-6; Matt Burke, 4 4-8-13; Storm Cook, 0; Michael D’Abbraccio, 1 5-6-8; Grant Brightman, 0 5-6-5; Cody Barnes, 0. Totals:  18 30-42-69.

CF: Rob Story, 1 0-0-2, Logan Hall 0, D.J. Ehrets, 0 0-0 0, Dan Gridley, 1 4-6-6, C.J. Melvin, 3 3-3-11, Andrew Ziegenfus, 3 1-2-7, Jake Stone, 1 0-0 2, Taylor Lindsey, 1 0-0 2, Cody Link, 2 0-0-4. Totals: 12 8-11-3.

NHS 13 23 11 22–69

CFks 8 12 6 8–34

Fouled out: (CF) Stone. Team fouls: (CF) 26, (N) 13. Three-point goals: (CF) Melvin 2, (N) Sutton, Burke, D’Abbraccio. JV: Norwich won. Officials: Stepanovsky, Carey.

Greene 52, Oxford 41

GREENE – After Oxford sliced a 10-point halftime deficit in half midway through the third quarter, the Trojans embarked on a 10-2 run that extended into the first three minutes of the fourth to pull away for the win Friday night.

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