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Norwalk Wins D II State Championship

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 3/22/2014

Norwalk raised a state championship trophy for the first time ever in boys basketball Saturday afternoon, with a 65-58 win over defending champion Columbus Bishop Watterson in the D II state title game.

The Truckers would once again get off to a hot start, taking a 20-14 lead into the second quarter behind nine first quarter points from senior guard Ben Haraway. Norwalk would then extend their advantage out to 31-19 at the half, outscoring the Eagles 11-5 in the second quarter.

Bishop Watterson would cut into the Truckers lead with a 14-11 third quarter run and would trim the margin down to just 4-points with under a minute to play, but Haraway would put the game away from the free line, connecting on 15-19 shots from the charity stripe to secure the Truckers first state championship.

Haraway finished with a game-high 29 pts, to go along with 4 rb's, 3 ast and 3 blks. Jeff Thomas added 18 pts and 10 rebounds for Norwalk, while Grant Hull dropped 8 pts and 4 asts.

Matt Hughs led the Eagles with 23 pts and 10 rbs, Cody Calhoun had 15, Matt Lehmann 11.

The Truckers finished 19-40 (48%) from the field, while Bishop Watterson shot just 19-57 (33%). The Truckers also outrebounded the Eagles 36-32.

Norwalk finishes the season as state champions in Division II with an overall record of 29- 1. The team will graduate 7 seniors, with Haraway (Malone) and Thomas (Georgia State) going on to play basketball at the next level.

   
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