IF THAT WAS THE FIRST HALF OF THE LOCAL HOOP SCENE, SIGN ME UP FOR PART 2.
TORRINGTON: Man, this has been a great beginning to the winter sports season on the hardwood.
Nothing is as it seems, former dominant programs are getting run over by ones who are usually looking up at the leaders, dogs are even playing with cats.
It’s nuts out there.
Al Pacino would be proud as the “Any Given Sunday” mantra now applies to any of the six days basketball is played in either the Naugatuck Valley or Naugatuck Valley Leagues.
Take this past week.
We’ll start with the BL girls.
On Tuesday, Nonnewaug had a chance to leave rival Thomaston in the dust with a win at home that would have kept them unbeaten and with a two-game lead with less than 10 to play.
The Golden Bears had just come off a shocking loss to Fred Williams and the Northwestern girls on the previous Friday for their first loss and might have been a team in trouble.
So of course, Thomaston goes into Woodbury and walks away with 46-41 win behind 22 points from Maggie Eberhardt.
There will be no pulling away from the pack this year, by anybody it seems.
The Chief’s kept serve though on Friday with a 46-41 win over those pesky Highlanders who are now 8-5, in the states and always a threat.
Lewis Mills is still alive and kicking with a 9-3 record, reminding the frontrunners not to suffer many slip ups over the next few weeks.
Nonnewaug visits Burlington on Friday in the game of the week in the BL.
BERKSHIRE LEAGUE BOYS: The target has been firmly secured to the Northwestern Highlanders on the boys side as each team on the schedule looks to knock them from the ranks of the perfect.
At 11-0, Doug Sebach and his squad are followed closely by the Terryville Kangaroos who sit with a 10-1 record, their only blemish a 72-62 loss home loss in round one of the two-game set.
Gilbert is finding it’s way with a 7-2 record going into action on Saturday night when they battle NVL rival Torrington on the road.
On Friday night, Connor Guiheen hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to top a battling Nonnewaug (7-4) team by a 44-41 score, their tightest game yet this season.
The Kangaroos and Highlanders don’t meet again until the next to last game of the year in Winsted so the team farther down Route 8 is going to need some help along the way.
Nonnewaug plays at Terryville in the boys game of the week on Tuesday.
NAUGATUCK VALLEY LEAGUE GIRLS: Yeah go ahead, scratch your head.
Who knows what crazy things lie ahead in this most disturbed league this season.
What? Watertown beat Holy Cross? So did Torrington?
But wait, St Paul just beat the Raiders while the Raiders had taken care of the previously unbeaten Indians just a week or so ago.
Please don’t leave a Kennedy team out, they beat Torrington as well.
Please explain it to me.
Sometimes during a course of a season, you can mark dates on the calendar and figure they will be the great games.
Not this year, thank you Mr. Pacino and the any given team.
What a race this should be down the homestretch.
Ansonia (9-4) comes to “The Pit” on Wednesday night to challenge Holy Cross in the NVL girls game of the week.
NAUGATUCK VALLEY LEAGUE BOYS: Okay, this might be the calmest of all the divisions buts it not without potential in this mixed up winter.
The two big dogs in the Copper, Crosby and Wilby, played a classic this past week with Wilby coming out on top on a last minute trey that felt an awful lot like a Tournament game.
The top spot in the Copper is up in la-la land for the other teams but a few of them are coming on nicely, including Eric Gamari and the Torrington Red Raiders.
After a 1-5 start, the Raiders have turned it around by going 4-1 since going into action Saturday night when they host Gilbert at THS.
David Canny had a monster week for Torrington with a 33 point effort against Ansonia followed by a 32-point game on Friday night at St Paul.
It’s been three years since the Raiders last saw the States but they now sit just three wins away.
This week the Raiders host 1-10 Derby on Wednesday night before traveling to face Wolcott (7-4) on Friday.
The states are getting close for Gamari and company, stay tuned.
So after all that, real comes Round 2. Ding, Ding.