Newark, Yorkville prevail
Updated: March 22, 2011 4:58PM
John Avery pumped his fist once after draining a three-pointer in the
fourth quarter at the Sandwich Thanksgiving Tournament Wednesday night.
The basket didn't give the Newark Norsemen the lead nor did it propel them
to victory. Newark held a large margin at the time, but the field goal meant
a bunch to Avery. It marked his 1,000th point, and it came in the same
gymnasium where his father, Rick, and brothers, Drew and Derek, played.
"With my dad and my brothers playing here, it definitely gives it a little
more meaning," Avery said. "I think it's kind of interesting that this is
the only tournament that we've ever played here throughout my four years of
high school. I think it's pretty cool."
Newark (3-0) held a 28-17 lead over Sandwich at halftime and extended the
advantage to 47-21 after three quarters. The Norsemen went on to a 67-36
Coach Rick Tollefson and the team were aware of the inevitable for Avery.
Moments after a timeout, Paul Hines found Avery on the wing and the 6-foot-6
senior released the 20-footer. It hit nothing but net.
"I was kind of counting down in the back of my mind because I knew how many
I had," Avery said. "That was the whole timeout talk. Coach told me I just
needed a few more to get there."
Avery finished with 12 points and seven rebounds while Brett Anderson scored
a game-high 22 points and hauled in nine rebounds, including six offensive,
for the Norsemen. Hines and Jeremy Anderson chipped in 11 points each.
Sandwich grabbed an early 4-0 lead and went ahead 9-7 before the Norsemen
closed the first half with a 21-8 barrage. Kyle Anderson gave Newark the
lead for good when he converted an old fashioned three-point play at the end
of the first frame. A pair of treys by Cameron Berg in the second quarter
helped the Norsemen forge the halftime margin.
Newark's size and quickness took its toll on the Indians, yet Sandwich
competed to the end. Ryan Valentne led the Indians with 14 points while Nick
Brown and Zane Thompson each added eight points.
"They're ranked third in the state and have almost everybody back, and we
were in a tough situation not only becaue they're such a great team but also
because we still have some guys who are fighting through the football
stuff," said Sandwich coach Scott Bantz.
"But I'm extremely proud of the kids that stepped on the floor. We wanted to
compete, we wanted to make them work and we wanted to make them know that
when the game was over that they had to play a basketball game tonight."
For Avery it was a memorable one.
"I'm really proud of him," Tollefson. "His dad and brothers played in this
gym and they hold records for scoring so it was a special night for him."
Yorkville 69, Serena 37: In the opening game, the Yorkville Foxes throttled Serena 69-37. Utilizing
their quickness, the Foxes (1-1) cruised to a 25-5 lead after eight minutes.
Derek Fitzpatrick notched eight points in the first quarter while Josh
Williams and Brandon Holmes added five points each. Serena never recovered,
and 12 Foxes inked the scoring column. Fitzpatrick finished with a team-high
12 points, Ryan Herron tossed in 11 (nine in the third quarter) and Williams
had 10 points.
"We like our transition game," Fitzpatrick said. "We like to push the ball
up and get steals."
Yorkville grabbed 13 steals in the contest and ran the fastbreak at every
opportunity. The Foxes forced 18 turnovers and played solid team defense.
"I thought our team defense was a lot better tonight," Yorkville coach Jerry
Farber said. "We were getting out of position Tuesday night (in a one-point
loss) trying to help, and they were going to the foul line. It was a total
four-quarter game tonight."
Yorkville added 22 points in the third quarter before coasting to the win.