Mark Mullins’ game-high 27 points led Chenango Valley’s boys to a 65-62 semifinal victory over host Norwich’s three-time defending Section 4 Class B basketball champions on Saturday night.
Fourteen of Mullins’ points were scored in the final quarter, and helped the fourth-seeded Warriors fend off a top-seeded Norwich squad that lopped an eight-point deficit to one in the closing 80 or so seconds. A 3-point goal from Michael Oralls drew the Purple Tornado within 62-61.
Oralls had a crack at a tying 3-pointer, but his attempt from atop the arc caromed off the back rim in the waning seconds.
“CV shot well, they executed. They got to the rim through us,” said Norwich coach Tom Collier. “And Mullins played great. He was their offense in the fourth quarter.”
The Hertzog boys, Caleb and Jake, scored 10 apiece for CV, and Kolby Ross and Brian Cox added nine each— the entirety of Cox’s scoring generated from beyond the 3-point arc.
Zan Stewart scored 23 points and Oralls 13 for Norwich, which trailed by 19-11 after a quarter.
Chenango Valley will oppose Whitney Point in the final, 7 p.m. Saturday at the Floyd L. Maines Memorial Arena.
The loss was Norwich’s first at home since December 2011, Collier said.
“We’d make a run at them and they’d hit a big shot,” he said. “They always had an answer.”
Whitney Point 56, Oneonta 45: At Whitney Point, the teams were deadlocked at 35 through three quarters— but shortly thereafter, the Golden Eagles’ Brady Harrington took over.
Harrington poured in 13 of his game-high 20 points in the last quarter, a stretch of play that featured 3-point conversions on three successive possessions.
A layup by Albert Odero with about 3:45 remaining had the Yellowjackets in front for the first time, 43-41. But next came Harrington’s 3-point flurry. The last of the three came from the right wing just ahead of shot-clock expiration off a heads-up feed from Gabe Shrauger — out of a double-team in the low post — and gave Whitney Point a 53-44 advantage with about 1:20 remaining.
The Golden Eagles, who held a 25-15 second-quarter lead, got 17 points and 11 rebounds from Shrauger, and 13 points and six assists from Zach Marsh. Most helpful as well were eight rebounds and sound defense throughout by Jared Bieber, who played his first game since sustaining a fracture in his hand on Jan. 16.
Harrington made good on eight of his 13 field goal attempts. Odero’s 19 points topped Oneonta.
Class C Quarterfinals
Moravia 66, Sidney 40: At Moravia, the hosts trailed by a point before gaining the upper hand with 24-7 control of the third quarter.
Jared Lyon scored eight of his 15 points in the quarter, beginning with a three-point play, and Cole Johnson added two 3-point goals. All of Johnson’s 15 points came from beyond the arc on a night the Blue Devils teamed for 10 3-point successes.
Lyon added seven assists and five steals, and Gabe Short had 10 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Wyatt McKee’s 13 points paced Sidney scorers.
Moravia will play top-seeded Watkins Glen in the semifinal round.
Elmira ND 63, Trumansburg 50: At Notre Dame, the Crusaders advanced to the semifinal round and a matchup with Newfield behind a 33-point effort from senior guard Darius Garvin.
Watkins Glen 70, Greene 30: At Watkins Glen, the top-seeded Senecas outscored eighth-seeded Greene 39-13 in the second half. Luke Flahive led the Senecas (16-1) with 24 points. Colin Gates scored 20. Jordan Harrington and Joe Miranda had 11 points each for Greene.
Newfield 57, Unadilla Valley 34: At Newfield, Cole Banfield, Quintel Clements and Brian Barrett scored points in every quarter as the Trojans cruised to victory.
“They (UV) hit everything in the first quarter, they came out strong and hard. But we picked up our defense in the second quarter and shut them down,” said Newfield coach Mitch Gray. UV only scored 18 points in the final three quarters.
Banfield led scorers wih 16 points and three of the team’s five 3-point baskets. Barrett added 14 points and freshman forward Clements 12 in a reserve role.
Newfield hosts Elmira Notre Dame in the semifinals on March 4 at 7 p.m.
Ithaca junior Kevin Miller had a hand in two runner-up finishes and a fourth place in Saturday’s conclusion of NYSPHSAA swimming championships at Ithaca College.
Miller swam second back of Garden City’s Connor Brown in the 500-yard freestyle, and was among a Little Red quartet that clocked 3:12.33 as runner-up to Half Hollow Hills in the 400 freestyle relay.
In the 200 freestyle, Miller took fourth and Lansing’s Joe Koch seventh.
The Maine-Endwell team of Franco Incitti, Dylan Wasilnak, Chandler Krause and Hunter Brown took seventh in the 200 medley relay on a 1:38.92.