Third-quarter surge lifts Norwich past Forks

Boys’ Basketball

Norwich 70, Chenango Forks 37

NORWICH – A surge midway through the third quarter helped Norwich quiet Chenango Forks’ comeback hopes in Friday night’s Purple Tornado victory.

Carlos Ithier led a balanced Norwich scoring lineup with 12 points. Ithier was central to Norwich’s big third-quarter spurt that turned a 35-22 game into a 47-24 advantage.

Ithier hit a jumper off a steal, canned a three after a kickout pass from Mike Oralls, then pumped in another trey with Oralls again providing the helper.

With both clubs’ reserves on the court for much of the fourth quarter, the Tornado reserves steamrolled the Blue Devils finishing the last six minutes on a 20-5 spurt.

Tre Bonham had eight in the final quarter and Chris Trevisani seven.

“I thought our offensive execution, especially the second half, was very good,” said Norwich coach Tom Collier, who credited the passing of Oralls and Zan Stewart.

Norwich (10-2) dictated with its defense creating 27 turnovers in the game, while committing just four turnovers itself. Combined with a 21-assist team total, Norwich amassed game statistics that typically lead to good results.

“I thought we played better this game than the first time we played them,” Collier said. “Our ball pressure was great up top, and we extended their offense so they couldn’t get the ball in the low post. All of the kids played well tonight.”

Jamison Luke added 11 points for Norwich, who play at Windsor on Friday.

In the JV game, Norwich improved to 8-3 overall winning 65-39. Mike Carson led with 13 points, Zach Race added 11, and Dashawn King netted 10.

Chenango Forks:  Lucas Tiberi, 0; Caleb Link, 2 3-3-8; Keno Tio, 1 0-0-2; Chad Raychel, 1 0-0-3; Rob Story, 4 2-4-10; Zach Locke, 1 0-0-3; Keenan Hall, 0; Trevor Borchardt, 4 1-1-9; CJ Watson, 1 0-0-2; Ryan Ehrets, 0. Totals:  14 6-8-37.

Norwich: Jake Walsh, 1 0-0-3; Chris Trevisani, 3 0-0-7; Michael Oralls, 4 0-0-8; Matt Parrella, 2 0-0-4; Carlos Ithier, 5 0-0-12; Cameron Edwards, 0; Colin Stewart, 2 0-0-5; Zan Stewart, 2 0-0-4; Tre Bonham, 4 0-0-8; Jordan Vinal, 3 0-0-8; Jamison Luke, 5 1-2-11. Totals: 31 1-2-70.

CForks 8 7 15 7–37

NHS 17 14 16 23–70

Fouled out: none. Three-point goals: (CF) Link, Rachel, Locke. (N) Ithier 2, Vinal 2, Trevisani, Walsh, C. Stewart. JV: Norwich won 65-39. Officials: Woody, S. Berg.

Sherburne-Earlville 60, Canastota 45

SHERBURNE - Sherburne-Earlville avenged an early-season loss to Canastota – the last team to beat it – to extend its winning streak to 10 games Friday

The Raiders trimmed an 11-point S-E halftime lead to 32-26 with 5:26 left in the third quarter. From there, S-E finished the quarter on a 14-4 run keyed by three balls from Derek Capria and Matt Hull.

Ben Khoury, who led S-E with 21 points, hit back-to-back threes in the first minute of the fourth to help extend the Marauders' lead to 52-31. "The last time we played them, we were coming off a snowstorm and two days off, and we just didn't shoot it well," said S-E coach Kevin Vibbard. "We stayed in that game because of our defense. Tonight we spread it around pretty good. The kids were definitely fired up for this game."

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