Is the Norwalk boys basketball team going to be rewarded this season against a quality team?
Longtime head coach Steve Gray believes it will be sooner than later following Saturday’s 56-48 loss to Lexington at the Richland Source Challenge held at Ontario High School.
The Truckers (2-5) were down a point with 2:30 left in the game, but the Minutemen (4-2) put the game away at the free-throw line. The loss came two days after the Truckers let a 44-43 lead in the final two minutes vs. Perkins (6-1) slip away in a 49-44 loss on Dec. 21.
Add in a 49-43 loss at Ontario (5-1) in the season opener, and that’s three losses in which Norwalk had a chance to win late against teams with a combined record of 15-4.
“This game (Saturday) and Thursday (vs. Perkins) really hurt,” Gray said. “There were a lot of raw emotions. I think the kids feel good about themselves, because they know they played good teams and played extremely hard.
“I think they may see the pot at the end of the rainbow,” he added.
Norwalk trailed the Minutemen after one quarter, 16-12. It was a 30-21 deficit at halftime, and 40-32 through three quarters.
The Truckers finished 18-of-47 (38 percent) from the floor, and were 9-of-11 at the free-throw line. The rebounds were even at 28, and both teams also had 10 assists.
But through statistics, the game was won at the foul line where Lexington was 22-of-27 (82 percent) to Norwalk’s 9-of-11 effort.
“We played so hard, especially defensively, and just came up a couple plays short,” Gray said. “But we went through a couple dry spells during the game. We had some unforced turnovers in the first half.
“In the second half, we only had two turnovers and cleaned it up,” he added. “Again, I just think we played exceptionally hard.”
Brandon Haraway finished with 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the Truckers. Jacob Roth added eight points and five rebounds, while Eric Hull had eight points and four rebounds.
Norwalk is at South Central (4-3) on Wednesday, then entertains Willard (3-4) in a pair of non-league games this week.
“It sounds like an excuse, but it was the first week with all of our players available,” Gray said of the losses to Perkins and Lexington. “We took two very good teams to the finish line.
“We need a great practice on Tuesday, and if we continue to do the things we are doing, at the end of the year no one is going to remember the first seven games,” he added.
Brandon Haraway 7-5–20; Jacob Roth 3-0–8; Eric Hull 4-0–8; Kyler Lacy 2-0–4; Andrew Ehrenberg 2-0–4; Garrett Chapin 0-4–4. TOTALS 18-9–48.
Givas 2-5–9; Johnston 3-0–8; Vore 1-2–5; Dials 2-0–5; Kerns 1-2–5; Aiello 1-3–6; Stehle 2-1–5; Stover 2-9–13. TOTALS 14-22–56.
Norwalk 12 9 11 16 — 48 Lexington 16 14 10 16 — 56
3-point FGs: (N) Roth 2, Haraway; (L) Johnston 2, Vore, Dials, Kerns, Aiello
South Central 56, Old Fort 51
GREENWICH — Simon Blair was 7-of-12 from the floor and 7-of-10 from the free-throw line while adding four rebounds on his way to a game-high 23 points in a non-league win over visiting Old Fort on Saturday.
Trailing 29-26 at halftime, the Trojans (4-3) tied the game at x42 at the end of the third quarter and outscored the Stockaders (3-4) by a 14-9 margin in the final quarter.
Ben Lamoreaux had 11 points and eight rebounds for South Central, and Isaiah Seidel had 10 points and five rebounds. Also for the Trojans, who host Norwalk on Wednesday, Alex Holland added eight steals and David Lamoreaux had eight rebounds.
OLD FORT (3-4)
Wagner 2-2–6; Smith 0-2–2; Steyer 2-3–8; Kohlenberg 3-0–7; Webb 5-4–15; Salas 5-1–11; Steyer 1-0–2; 1-0–2. TOTALS 19-12–51.
SOUTH CENTRAL (4-3)
Simon Blair 7-7–23; Ben Lamoreaux 5-0–11; Alex Holland 3-2–8; Daivd Lamoreaux 2-0–4; Isaiah Seidel 3-1–10. TOTALS 20-10–56.
Old Fort 15 14 13 9 — 51 S. Central 15 11 16 14 — 56
3-point FGs: (SC) Seidel 3, Blair 2, B. Lamoreaux
Plymouth 69, Crestline 56
PLYMOUTH — The Big Red jumped out to a fast start, and rode it to a non-league victory on Saturday against the visiting Bulldogs.
Plymouth (3-2) led 16-4 after one quarter, and that margin held up over the final three quarters. Jacob Adams scored 19 points for the Big Red, while Kade Collins was right behind with 18. Dylan Osbourne added seven points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Plymouth, which hosts South Central on Friday in a Firelands Conference game.
Clark 2-4–8; Gregory 5-2–12; Ronk 4-4–14; Anatra 1-7–9; Balliett 0-1–1; Triplett 3-1–8. TOTALS 17-19–56.
Dylan Osbourne 3-1–7; Jacob Adams 7-2–19; Blake Gilson 2-0–5; Walker Elliot 1-6–8; Zach Richman 2-2–6; Kade Collins 4-8–18; Brennan Marsillet 2-0–4; Brayden Creveling 1-0–2. TOTALS 22-19–69.
Crestline 4 12 19 21 — 56 Plymouth 16 12 16 25 — 69
3-point FGs: (C) Ronk 2, Triplett; (P) Adams 3, Collins 2, Gilson
Mans. Madison 78, Bellevue 68
ONTARIO — The Redmen trailed from the start in Saturday’s non-league loss to the Div. I Rams (4-3) at the Richland Source Challenge at Ontario High School.
With the loss, Bellevue fell to 3-2 ahead of Friday’s SBC Lake division game at Shelby.
Trey Ruhlman scored 28 points for the Redmen, while Caleb Marshall added 12 points and Jake Waskielis scored nine points.
New London 50, Mapleton 32
NEW LONDON — The Wildcats dominated the first three quarters of Friday’s Firelands Conference game to pick up their first win of the season.
New London led 14-6 after one quarter, extended that lead to 24-12 by halftime and led 41-19 through three quarters.
For the ‘Cats, freshman Kiaya Thierry had a breakout game, scoring 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting — including 6-of-10 from the three-point line. She also grabbed six rebounds.
Also for New London, Gabby Ledbetter had 12 points and seven rebounds, and Allison Brady scored 10 points.
Norwalk splits with Keystone
NORWALK — The Norwalk boys bowling team claimed a 2,189-1,912 win over Keystone in a non-league match on Thursday.
The Truckers were led by senior Chris Tuttle (205-226–431), Noah Scheel (207) and Zach Thrash (200).
In girls action, Norwalk fell by a 1,841-1,713 score. Madison Hainline led the Truckers with a high game of
Norwalk will visit Fremont Ross on Jan. 3.
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