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Around boys basketball: Gilbert, Northwestern ready to collide; Torrington looks for two in a row

POSTED January 14, 2011
BY Patrick Tiscia
Twitter: @PatrickTiscia


Forget the Big Three in Miami of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

The Berkshire League has one of its own at Gilbert, starring Robert Skinner, Austin Brochu and Elide Romero. This trio has led the Yellowjackets to a 7-0 start heading into their big game tonight against local rival Northwestern in the tiny confines of the Gilbert gym.

These players take up three of the top seven spots in BL scoring with Skinner averaging 16.9 points per game, good for fourth in the league. Brochu is fifth at 16.6 and Romero holds the seventh spot with a 15.9 average.

In Gilbert’s last game, an 80-53 triumph over Lewis Mills Tuesday, the Big Three combined for 64 of the Yellowjacket points as Brochu and Romero scored 22 points apiece and Skinner netted 20.

With three legitimate scorers, it’s no surprise Gilbert is on top of the BL along with unbeaten Nonnewaug.

Northwestern, meanwhile, is having a strong season, sporting a 6-2 record heading into tonight’s tilt.

Bobby Lippincott leads the Highlanders in scoring at 17.0 points a game, which stands third in the league. He netted a game-high 23 points in an 81-71 win over Shepaug Tuesday, while John Stevens also broke the 20-point mark with 21. Connor Guiheen and Mike Jeffko added 11 points apiece.

The Highlanders’ two losses came to Nonnewaug and Litchfield and there’s no shame there. Those teams are a combined 14-1 this season.

*** Torrington will play game two of its four-game homestand against 3-5 Wilby tonight. The Red Raiders (5-4) snapped a three-game losing streak Tuesday with a 59-45 win against Naugatuck on the strength of 25 points from Jalen Johnson. Bryan Failla notched 12 points in victory.

The final two games of Torrington’s homestand will come against Ansonia and Maloney (out of conference). Torrington is just three wins away from securing a state tournament berth.

*** Nonnewaug played with fire Tuesday night, holding off Wamogo, 51-46, to extend its BL winning streak to 29.

Colin Schneider scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half to keep the streak alive for Nonnewaug, which trailed by 10 at the half. The Chiefs, standing at 7-0, have won three games under 10 points, showing the resolve that helped them to the BL crown a year ago.

In defeat, Mike Odenwaelder had a terrific all-around game for the Warriors with 17 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists.

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