NORWICH - The Norwich boys' varsity basketball team hosted Chenango Valley last night, Tuesday, December 8. The Norwich boys shut down the Warriors, winning 69-31.
The first quarter started off in Norwich's favor as the Tornado defense smothered the Chenango Valley offense. Norwich stole CV's first two possessions, sparking the defense that would keep the Warrior offense at bay all game. Late in the first quarter the Norwich offense began to click as they turned on the heat, forcing a CV time out. It was Norwich's depth that helped keep CV off balance, rotating in nine players who were all fresh at key points in the game.
The second quarter began just like the third ended, with Norwich defense. The Tornado defense kept Chenango Valley with out a field goal until there were only three minutes left in the half. Norwich went into the locker room up 22-12 and never looked back.
In the third quarter Norwich scored 25 points, dominating all aspects of the game. Much like in the first half Norwich came up with the majority of rebounds, both offensive and defensive, to keep the points in their favor. Norwich's Jamison Luke was the high scorer for the night. Luke finished with 15 points and was a huge factor for the Tornado defense. Luke's presence under the basket kept CV away from the ball and the rebounds in his team's favor.
The final quarter finished the way Norwich started, with the Tornados keeping consistent on both offense and defense. Norwich held the Warriors to only eight points in the fourth quarter and totaled 22 in the final quarter of their 69-31 win. The Tornado’s success was a total team effort as well as every player got a chance to get in the game and score.