Another third-quarter eruption for Purple Tornado

Boys’ Basketball

Norwich 85, Chenango Forks 45

CHENANGO FORKS – Whatever the Norwich coaching staff is telling its players during the halftime break, they might want to bottle the speech and save it for a big game.

For the second straight game, Norwich ripped through the opposition in the third quarter. This time, it was Chenango Forks who bore the brunt of the Tornado onslaught in Tuesday night’s rout.

“We missed 15 layups in the first half and outshot them 40-8,” said Norwich coach Tom Collier, who did note that his team still led by 16 at halftime. “We played sloppy in the first half, but we came out much more focused in the third quarter.”

Michael Sutton led a 34-9 third quarter scoring nine points and dishing out multiple assists. Mike Oralls added eight in the quarter, while Brendon Budd, Chris Trevisani, Carlos Ithier, and Zan Stewart tacked on three-pointers to turn a 16-point halftime lead into a 41-point shellacking.

Just three days earlier, Norwich put 30-plus points on the board in the third quarter on its way to a 32-point win over Whitney Point. Sutton’s play sparked the Tornado in the third quarter, something Collier hopes to see a bit more in future games.

“Michael just dominated and came out with a purpose,” Collier said. “We want him to play like that in every quarter.”

Sutton led Norwich with 16 points to go with six assists and five steals, Oralls scored 14, and Ithier had 11 off the bench for an NHS lineup that had 12 of its 13 players reach the scoring column.

“I know it may sound like nit-picking because we won by 40, but we still have some things to work on, and we’re trying to improve every day,” Collier said. “We didn’t like the focus in the first half, and we didn’t like the defensive focus at the end of the game. We are demanding of the kids, and I think they like it.”

In the junior varsity game, Norwich held Chenango Forks to 15 second-half points to pull away for the win, 63-43. Jordan Vinal had 17 points and 11 rebounds in the victory, Rodney Tre Bonham and Mike Carson scored 10 apiece, and Jake Walsh handed out nine assists.

Norwich hosts Susquehanna Valley on Saturday at 7:45 p.m. in the Tom Schwan Tournament championship game.

Norwich: Brendon Budd, 1 0-0-3; Michael Oralls, 6 2-4-14; Mike Sutton, 6 4-4-16; Chris Trevisani, 2 2-2-7; Carlos Ithier, 4 0-0-11; Colin Stewart, 0 0-0-0; Zan Stewart, 4 0-0-9; Matt Craig, 1 0-0-2; Matt Burke, 3 2-2-8; Storm Cook, 1 1-1-3; Mike D’Abbraccio, 1 2-2-4; Jamison Luke, 2 0-0-4; Cody Barnes, 1 2-2-4. Totals: 32 15-17-85.

CF: Rob Story 1 3-4-5; Logan Hell, 0 0-2-0; Chad Raychel, 0 1-2-1; Dan Gridley, 3 6-8-13; Andrew Ziegenfus, 5 0-1-13; Jake Stone, 3 0-2-7; Trevor Borchardt, 3 0-1-6; L.J. Watson, 0 0-2-0. Totals: 15 10-22-45.

Norwich 17 17 34 17–85

CForks 7 11 9 18–45

Fouled out: None. Three-point goals: (N) Budd, Trevisani, Ithier 3, Z. Stewart. (CF) Ziegenfus 3, Stone, Gridley. JV:  Norwich won 63-43.

Sherburne-Earlville 76, Clinton 64

SHERBURNE – Sherburne-Earlville’s strong outside shooting in the first half created some space on the interior for senior Austin Jasper as the S-E forward scored a season-high 33 points in a victory over Clinton Tuesday.

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