BINGHAMTON – Critical turnovers plagued the Purple Tornado on the road as the were downed by the Chenango Valley Warriors 63-55 Thursday night.
With the lead flirting back-and-forth between the two teams in the first two quarters, Norwich took a two point lead into the halftime break. The two teams scored 14 points apiece in the third, allowing the Purple to cling the same two point lead.
The aggressive defense of the Purple only allowed 10 baskets from the field for Chenango Valley but the key in the Warriors win was the ability to knock down foul-shots. Chenango Valley went to the line 46 times throughout the game, sinking 32 total.
Tornado miscues at key points enabled a Warriors’ momentum shift in favor of the home team in the final quarter of play as Chenango Valley converted the turnovers into trips to the free-throw line. The Warriors went 10-for-17 in the eight minute span, controlling the tempo.
Despite early foul trouble, Norwich’s Michael Carson finished with a team-high 15 points. Teammates Marcus Cashman and Carson Maynard each chipped in 13 and 10 in the Norwich loss.
The Tornado are again on the road Tuesday, January 23 when they travel to Maine-Endwell. Game time is scheduled for 6:45 p.m.
Oxford 59, Walton 54
WALTON – For 32 minutes straight, Oxford received solid team play as the Blackhawks gained a big league win over host Walton Thursday night, taking down the Warriors 59-54.
Jason Davis of Oxford scored seven point in the 13-9 opening quarter, helping his team take lead. In the second, his six-for-six from the foul line counted for half of the Blackhawks points but it was Walton who took a one point advantage into the intermission.
Coming out of the break, Walton started to seperate themselves from Oxford as they held the visiting team to 10 points while scoring 15 of their own.
With eight minutes remaining the contest, Oxford turned the scoring switch on as they finished with a 24 point quarter. Davis again took several trips to the free-throw line, going nearly perfect but it was his teammate, Matt Roach who poured in the baskets from the field. Roach dialed in from long-range twice for six of his 10 points in the quarter.
Defensively, the Blackhawks held Walton to 14 points in the quarter has they gave everything they had to gut out the win.
“Tonight was a big win for us,” said Oxford’s head coach Tim Davis. “The whole team played hard every minute to get the win.”
Davis finished with a game-high 32 points while also pulling down 15 boards while Roach chipped in his 10 at a crucial time.
The Blackhawks host Deposit/Hancock on Monday, January 22 at 7:15 p.m. for another league game.
Waterville 67, Sherburne-Earlville 57
SHERBURNE – The first two meeting between Sherburne-Earlville and Waterville ended with a Hunter Lane buzzer-beater, giving the Marauders a road win. Waterville was looking to revenge the loss when they traveled to Sherburne Thursday night.
Getting started right out of the gate, Waterville took a nine point lead in the first eight minute stanza behind Dawson Williams’ eight.
But the Marauders quickly answered in the second as they started to get defensive stops on one end of the court and making threes on the other end. Sherburne-Earlville’s defense shut down the Indians offensive drive from the first quarter, limiting Waterville to just three field goals and cutting the lead down to just a basket before the intermission.
With both teams scoring 14 points each in the third, the contest between the two was going to be determined in the fourth quarter for the second time this season.
Both teams toyed with the lead in the final eight minutes as it was back-and-forth throughout. With one minute remaining, Sherburne-Earlville found themselves down by three points and needed to foul to stop the clock and put the pressure on Waterville at the free-throw line.
The Indians knocked down the last six shots, extending their and ultimately ending up with the win in the end.
“Waterville was the better team tonight,” said S-E’s head coach Kevin Vibbard. “They [Waterville] got the ball to their big guys inside and we didn’t do a good job defending. We also got beat in transition early.”
Sherburne-Earlville was led by Dawson Lagoe in the scoring column as he finished with 15 points. Teammates Hunter Lane and Gabe Irwin tallied 12 and 10 in the Marauders loss.
S-E travels to Central Valley on Thursday, January 25. The contest will be the first matchup of the season for the teams. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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