A fine defensive effort and a team effort on the offensive end led to a 65-36 non-league win in Greenwich for the Truckers.
"I like the way we executed and took care of business," Norwalk coach Steve Gray said. "This is a big win for us. We needed it because we have struggled a little bit. It is a great win for us."
An offensive rebound and bucket by Andrew Ehrenberg gave Norwalk (3-5) a 12-9 lead after one quarter. Brandon Haraway swiped a pair of steals leading to easy layups for himself and teammate Matt Neuberger to open the second quarter.
That prompted a timeout from South Central coach Brett Seidel. Garrett Chapin added two free throws for the Truckers before Ben Lamoreaux drained a 3-pointer for the Trojans (4-4). That only stopped the Norwalk offense for a moment. Jacob Roth, Neuberger, and Haraway each scored for a 24-12 lead.
"Haraway had those two steals that led to easy buckets," Seidel said. "Teams always seem to get righteous in their shooting against us. Norwalk had some kids make some shots that they had been struggling with all year."
Ehrenberg connected on a 3-pointer and Eric Hull split two free throws to give Norwalk a 28-14 lead at halftime. South Central made just 5-of-22 shots in the first half.
"Offensively, I do not think we moved the ball enough," Seidel said. "We were able to get the ball to the front of the rim several times, but Norwalk's physicality was too much."
The Truckers continued their brilliant defensive performance in the third quarter. It took until the 2:40 mark for South Central to get over 20 points. By that point, Norwalk had built a 36-21 lead.
Kyler Lacy hit a jumper and Roth scored twice before drilling a 3-pointer. Ehrenberg — like he did at the end of the first quarter — scored on a putback as time expired, pushing the Truckers' lead to 47-21 after three quarters.
"What I was impressed most with about Haraway was his defense," Seidel said. "There are not too many people that can keep Simon Blair in front of them and he was able to hold him in check. Haraway's size and strength bothered Simon and his ability to get in the paint."
The Trojans had their best offensive quarter in the final eight minutes. Blair scored nine of his team-high 13 points in the quarter. Norwalk had nine total players score and six players grab at least three rebounds.
"Blair is a really, really good point guard and I thought defensively, we did a great job on him tonight," Gray said. "I just think he is really, really good and I told him after the game that if he keeps it up, he could be really good in the Firelands Conference."
South Central made just 11-of-50 shots on the evening. Lamoreaux finished with seven points and six rebounds.
"I think we were locked in on the scouting report," Gray said. "We talk about knowing your personnel all the time. I think we were a little bigger and athletic than them."
Roth's 14 points topped Norwalk while Haraway added 13 points, nine rebounds, four steals, and three assists.
"It was good to see smiles on their faces after the game and not disappointment," Gray said. "This is not the way we wanted to start out the season. If we can get a win on Saturday (vs. Willard), that is two in a row — and that is the beginning of a win streak."
Norwalk scored 21 of its points off of 12 South Central turnovers.
In the junior varsity game, the Truckers also cruised to a 55-38 win. Garrett Obringer finished with 25 points on 11-of-14 shooting. He added 12 rebounds and four steals. Cobey Kromer added 12 points for the JV Truckers.