Norwich cruises past Johnson City

Boys’ Basketball

Norwich 69, Johnson City 37

NORWICH – In recent seasons, Johnson City has given Norwich fits.

Not Friday night.

Norwich raced to a 22-6 lead in the first quarter, had the lead near 30 points by halftime, and cruised to its 10th straight win to start the season.

“Before the game, we talked about Johnson City beating us the last couple of times, and we’ve had trouble with them in recent years,” said Norwich coach Tom Collier. “I was happy to get off to a good start and jump on them the way we did.”

Zan Stewart led three Norwich players in double figures scoring with a season-high 22 points. Mike Sutton added 14, and Storm Cook 10.

Stewart scored his career-high number in a variety of drives to the basket and outside shots netting 11 points in each half. “Zan really played with a purpose tonight, and we’ll need that out of him the rest of the way,” Collier said.

After trading baskets with JC in the opening 30 seconds, Norwich whipped off 11 straight points over the next 3 1/2 minutes to grab a 13-2 advantage. Stewart scored on a fast break and then on a steal, Sutton had three points, and Cook scored the final four points of the salvo, the second two on Norwich’s patented inbounds play in which Cook took a lob pass from Sutton, then banked in the layup.

Spirited production also came from guards Matt Burke and Chris Trevisani as well reserve forwards Colin Stewart and Jamison Luke.

“I was really proud of our focus and not looking toward our next game (against Oneonta),” Collier said. “All it takes is one slip-up.”

In the junior varsity game, unbeaten Johnson City held off a late Norwich charge to win 78-72. Jordan Vinal had 27 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists for NHS. Jake Walsh and Cameron Edwards added 11 points apiece.

Norwich hosts the Yellowjackets (11-1). Norwich dealt Oneonta its only loss of the season last month, 55-48.

Johnson City: Ricky Balles, 2 0-0-4; Max Marshall, 0 2-4-2; Patt Garey, 0 1-6-1; Cameron Gregory, 0; Jake Thompson, 2 0-0-4; Colin Arvanitakis, 0 1-3-1; Matt Czeitner, 5 2-2-12; Dominic Nadz, 2 5-7-9; Nick Chilson, 0; Quinton Johnson, 1 0-0-2; Mark Cherrone, 0 2-2-2. Totals: 12 13-24-37

Norwich: Brendon Budd, 0 2-2-2; Michael Oralls, 0; Mike Sutton, 6 1-3-14; Chris Trevisani, 3 0-0-7; Carlos Ithier, 1 0-0-2; Colin Stewart, 1 0-0-2; Zan Stewart, 8 4-5-22; Matt Craig, 0; Matt Burke, 1 3-4-5; Storm Cook, 5 0-0-10; Mike D’Abbraccio, 0; Jamison Luke, 2 1-4-5. Totals: 27 11-18-69.

JCity 6 8 10 13–37

NHS 22 20 14 13–69

Fouled out: (N) Ithier. Three-point goals: (N) Z. Stewart 2, Sutton, Trevisani. JV: Johnson City won 78-72. Officials: Coleman, Green.

Sherburne-Earlville 65, Adirondack 41

BOONVILLE – Sherburne-Earlville raised its record to 6-0 in division play winning at Adirondack Saturday afternoon.

With three starters in foul trouble in the opening half, Cody Marango and reserve Derek Capria helped pick up the offensive slack. Marango finished with 15 points, nine coming in the opening half, and Capria netted 13. “It was only a seven-point game at the half, but we got some big minutes from Capria off the bench and other guys stepped up tonight that haven’t scored much.”

Kevin Vibbard Jr. keyed a 19-8 third quarter with two three balls, and five other S-E players scored in the period.

The Marauders (10-3) host Holland Patent Tuesday.

S-E: Elijah Morris, 1 4-6-6; Adam Palmer, 0; Cody Marango, 5 5-8-15; Nicklas Stefansen, 0; Derek Capria, 5 2-5-13; Ben Khoury, 2 0-4-4; Austin Jasper, 5 0-0-10; Brady Elderkin, 1 0-0-3; Keith Rose, 0 0-1-0; Nathan Arnold, ; Kevin Vibbard Jr., 5 1-2-14; JP Osborne, 0. Totals: 24 12-26-65.

Adirondack: Elliott Hernandez, 2 0-2-5; Ryan Dellerba, 2 7-8-11; Kyle Swiecki, 2 1-2-6; Hunter Bickham, 0 3-8-3; Jordan Millard, 2 1-6-6; Ethan Wiedmer, 2 2-2-8; Brody Sweeney, 0 2-2-2; Brandon Smith, 0. Totals: 10 16-30-41.

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