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.
However, the Warriors hit their free throws down the stretch to win.
M-E senior guard Will Thomas has 33 points, including 13 of 16 free throws.
Cooperstown (0-2, 0-1), which graduated all five starters from last season’s squad that advanced to the Class C state semifinals, plays Saturday at Frankfort-Schulyer.
H-T 55, Davenport 34
Zach Mudge poured in 28 points to lead visiting Hunter-Tannersville to a Delaware League victory.
“He’s a sound player,” Davenport coach Lee Fisher said of Mudge, who hit five three-pointers and went 7-for-7 from the line. “He handles right or left, everything goes through him and he delivers.”
Mudge hit two threes during an eight-point first quarter as H-T took a 19-8 lead. He scored 12 more during a 15-8 run in the third quarter.
Dylan Legg contributed 11 points for H-T.
Josh Davi’s 10 points paced Davenport (0-3, 0-2), which will host Windham on Wednesday.
Roxbury 45, SK 43
Spencer Hinkley hit a driving layup from the left side of the floor with 6 seconds left to lift visiting Roxbury to a Delaware League victory.
South Kortright, the defending Section Four Class D champion, got off an off-balance shot off before the buzzer that missed the mark.
Eric Shultis scored six of his team-high 13 points in the final quarter as Roxbury outscored the Rams, 12-8, over the final eight minutes. Derek Cowan contributed 11 points for the Rockets.
Trevor Holdridge had a game-high 23 points for SK (1-2), which used a 17-8 run in the third quarter to take a 35-33 into the fourth quarter. Holdridge scored 16 points after halftime.
“We’ve had three games and all of them could have gone either way,” SK coach Bob VanValkenburgh said. “There are going to be a lot of tight games this year.”
SK will host Downsville on Wednesday.
Deposit 57, Schenevus 53
Yelta Feringa’s three-pointer with about a minute to go in overtime put Deposit up for good in a non-league win at home.
Feringa had 17 points, Austin Becker had 14 and Matt Mills contributed 11 for Deposit (2-0), which is at Harpursville on Thursday.
Robert Burton had 22 points, including six three-pointers, and Kevin Weinert also scored 22 to lead Schenevus.
Gilboa 64, Stamford 52
Hunter Grace scored 20 points and Tyler Latta had 16 to lead Gilboa to a first-round victory in the Margaretville Tournament.
Matt Anderson had 20 points and Erik Ehrhart contributed 12 for Stamford.
Christian Cooper finished with 11 points for Gilboa (2-1, 0-1), which plays Margaretville in the tournament final on Saturday. Stamford plays Roscoe in the consolation game.
Margaretville 63, Roscoe 31
Margaretville (2-1) got a double-double from Mitch Hull in its first-round victory of the Margaretville Booster Club Tournament.
Hull scored 13 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.
Kyle Short scored a team-high 14 for the Blue Devils, with 12 of his points coming on three-point field goals.
Short’s nine first-quarter points helped Margaretville build an early 18-9 lead.
Cooper Reither also contributed to the early Blue Devil advantage, scoring five in the first quarter and 11 on the night. Matt VanValkenburg scored eight and had seven assists for the Blue Devils, who will host Gilboa in the tournament’s championship game at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The consolation game is scheduled for 1 p.m.