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Norwalk freshmen gear up early in win

Mark Hazelwood • May 12, 2015 at 5:32 PM

Flash and Splash did it again.

Norwalk's impressive freshmen duo of point guard Ben Haraway and forward Jeff Thomas led the Truckers to an incredible 22-0 run in the first quarter of Friday's Northern Ohio League game at Bellevue, then held off a furious Redmen rally to post a 55-52 win.

Haraway and Thomas led the Truckers (9-3, 7-1 NOL) wild first quarter, as the flash of Haraway and the smooth stroke of Thomas put together several highlight-worthy moments.

After a Thomas 3-pointer, Haraway caught a Bellevue defender in a crossover and got the bucket and a foul to make it a 10-1 advantage less than three minutes into the game. Moments later, Haraway pick-pocketed a Redmen player and broke loose in transition. On his way up to the basket, the 5-foot-9 guard fired a one-handed, behind-the-back no look pass that junior Jacob Cashen finished for an easy layup to dazzle the crowd -- and give the Truckers a 12-1 lead.

Thomas buried another 3-pointer on the ensuing possession while Evan Light added 3-pointer and a short jumper to make it 20-1. Jake Fetherolf capped the run with a basket for a 22-1 lead with 1:43 left in the quarter.

"That was really fun to watch," Norwalk coach Steve Gray said of the scoring run. "It was just an unbelievable start. Our passing was as good as ever, and the kids were attacking the basket and knocking down shots. We've been seeing glimpses of that in practice and for short spurts in games, but this team is growing up."

For more information on this story, see Saturday's Sandusky Register.

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