Norwich coasts to sectional win

Evening Sun Report

Boys’ Basketball

Norwich 52, Windsor 33

NORWICH – A sluggish start preceded a prototypical Norwich performance to end the first half Wednesday in the Tornado’s 19-point sectional playoff victory.

Norwich (15-4), winners of 10 out of 11 games, finished the final 12 1/2 minutes of the first half on a 35-7 run to take the Black Knights completely out of the game. The victory sets up a third encounter with Chenango Valley on Saturday at home.

“Windsor is a much better team than people think, and they’ve beaten some teams this year,” said Norwich coach Tom Collier. “Their big guys hurt us early, but we were able to put the press on and get some turnovers.”

Mike Oralls’ two free throws started a 14-2 spurt to finish out the first quarter. Zan Stewart canned a three following a Windsor turnover, and the quarter ended with Oralls’ trifecta making it 16-8.

“Zan was the difference coming off the bench for us,” Collier said.  ‘He hit that early three, and that kind of opened the flood gates.”

Windsor offered little resistance to the Norwich offense in the second half as the momentum picked up steam. A 20-5 period was highlighed by back-to-back treys by Stewart two buckets from Kyle Edwards, and Matt Burke’s steal and layup with under 10 seconds to play raising the halftime lead to 36-13.

Stewart, a reserve for the Tornado, led with 13 points and Oralls netted 12. Mike Sutton dished out six assists as well.

Windsor: Logan Doolittle, 0; Mike Niggli, 0 0-1-0; Cody Pratt, 0; Josh Cady, 2 0-0-4; Andrew King, 1 0-1-2; Frank Martino, 1 0-0-3; Carey Mott, 0; Steven Laryea, 0; Chris Swartwood, 0; Tyler Kost, 0; Mike Beebe, 0 1-2-1 Jake Conroy, 3 0-0-7; Ben Rivera, 2 4-4-8; Nate Wrighter, 3 2-2-8. Totals: 12 7-10-33 .

Norwich: Kyle Edwards, 3 0-0-6; Danny Carson, 1 0-0-2; Mike Oralls, 4 3-4-12; Michael Sutton, 3 1-2-7; Zan Stewart, 5 0-0-13; Matt Burke, 2 0-0-5; Storm Cook, 0; Michael D’Abbraccio, 0; Grant Brightman, 1 1-2-3; Cody Barnes, 2 0-0-4. Totals:  21 5-8-52.

Wind. 8 5 11 9–33

NHS 16 20 12 4–52

Fouled out: none. Three-point goals: (N) Stewart 3, Burke, Oralls. (W) Conroy, Martino. Officials: Adrian, Blair.

Greene 64, Newfield 54

GREENE – Dan Treadwell carried Greene in the first half, and junior Zach Wentlent helped bring home the Trojans’ first home playoff win in nearly 20 years.

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