BINGHAMTON (WBNG BINGHAMTON) Down 14 points late in the third quarter, Norwich embarked on a 21-4 run to down New York Mills and capture the Region II championship at the 2013 Mirabito STOP-DWI Holiday Classic.
The run included a fourth quarter in which N.Y. Mills scored just two points. Carlos Ithier's transition lay up with 2:31 remaining in the game gave Norwich the lead, and the Purple Tornado never trailed again, holding on for a 48-45 win.
Norwich guard Michael Sutton was named the Region II Most Valuable Player.
"Playing a team out of the district really makes you understand the importance or preparation, because you're not prepared going in," said Norwich head coach Tom Collier after the game. "But it also makes you be able to adjust, so you have to be able to roll with the punches, make adjustments on the fly. That helped a lot for the kids and that will help us out down the road."
"That was very important," said Sutton of his team's comeback. "We had a close game. It's always good to have close games under your belt and to win them. It gives us confidence in close games -- any game where we're behind, it's going to give us confidence going forward."