NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich men’s basketball team was victorious in their host tournament, the 14th Annual Ed Hockenbury Classic, as they defeated Colby-Sawyer College, 71-60 on Saturday afternoon in Andrews Hall.
Earlier in the afternoon, Johnson State College faced the University of Maine – Augusta in the consolation round, as the Badgers took a dominant 85-52 win over the Moose.
The Cadets, now 3-2 overall for the season, had four players in double-digit territory for points with sophomore Ryan Williams leading the pack. Williams recorded 19 points in the game, while also making four boards, a steal, and earning credit for three rebounds.
Senior Cori Boston added in 12 points and two assists, while making four defensive rebounds and one steal. Junior Antonio Davis recorded seven boards for the Cadets, two assists and two steals, all while helping put 10 additional points on the scoreboard.
One rebound shy of a double-double, freshman Pim Smulders made an impact in the championship round, collecting 11 points and nine boards. He recorded one assist and one steal and used his height to his advantage to make a team-best four blocks on the Chargers.
For Colby Sawyer, freshman Robbie Burke achieved double-double status in the game, as he went for 12 points and 13 boards. He also was credited with two steals and two assists. His classmate, John Roberts, also made an impact against the hosting Cadets by scoring 15 points, and splitting his six rebounds evenly on the offensive and defensive side.
Sophomore Corey Willis led his team in assists with four, while netting 13 points and three steals. Junior Will Bardaglio was the fourth Charger to put up big numbers in the championship game, tallying 11 points, one assist, and a team-best five steals.
In the consolation game earlier in the afternoon, Badgers’ sophomore Cody Camisa led with 19 points and seven rebounds, while also contributing one assist and a steal.
Following up with 11, 12, and 13 points respectively for the third-place Johnson State team was classmate Andy Bousono, junior Brian Phelps, and senior Ian Passino.
The University of Maine – Augusta had three key players who took the lead against the opposing Badgers. Freshman Lucas Paul led the team with 13 points and tied for a team-best seven rebounds with junior David Prior, who netted 12 points.
Junior Orlando Holmes also helped add to the scoreboard with an additional 12 points, making six boards and earning an assist.
There will be no rest for the Cadets as they host Western Connecticut State on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. On Saturday Norwich will host Lasell in their first GNAC conference game of the season at 1 p.m.
Sneaking in one more game before the winter break, the Cadets will travel to Rivier on Sunday, Dec. 12 for their rescheduled game from Dec. 1.
14th Annual Ed Hockenbury All-Tournament
#20 Orlando Holmes – University of Maine - Augusta
#4 Rob Key – Johnson State College
# 10 Corey Willis – Colby-Sawyer College
#21 Antonio Davis – Norwich University
Most Outstanding Player
#15 Ryan Williams – Norwich University