Kyle Edwards scored all of his eight of his points during a telltale third quarter that lifted host Norwich to a 54-32 Southern Tier Athletic Conference boys basketball victory over Oneonta on Thursday.
The Yellowjackets (1-3, 1-2), with five new starters this season, held a 23-22 lead at halftime. Alec Picinich scored eight of his team-high 11 points in the first half.
But Norwich responded with a 19-1 third-quarter run.
“We did a great job in the first half of handling their pressure and getting into offense and getting the ball deep in the post and making shots off of kick-outs,” Oneonta coach Jerry Mackey said of the first half. “In the second half, we proceeded to let guys drive right continually, we had turnovers in the backcourt and we allowed them to push us out, so we’re running offense 27 feet from the basket.”
Michael Sutton scored a game-high 13 points for Norwich, which received 12 points from Danny Carson.
Skylar Thompson contributed seven points and hit both of Oneonta’s three-pointers.
“We showed just enough flashes and signs to make me believe we have the ability to move forward, get this fixed and be a good team,” Mackey said.
The Yellowjackets travel to Unatego on Tuesday.
Ethan Bliss had 27 points for Cooperstown, but it wasn’t enough as the Redskins lost on the road in their first division game in the Center State Conference.
“(Bliss) was on fire at the beginning of the game,” Cooperstown coach Dave Bertram said. “They went to a box and one on him and then he didn’t score until the fourth quarter when he helped get us back into the game.”
Bliss hit seven three-point shots. Noah Sims scored 12 of his 18 points for the Redskins in the fourth quarter as Cooperstown cut the M-E lead from 10 to four with just over two minutes left.