Local hoop action starts again on Tuesday night.
TORRINGTON: If it seems like a long time between games for the Torrington boys and girls basketball teams, it’s because it has been.
Combine winter break and winter weather and it’s been a while.
The boys, 0-3, lost to St Paul in overtime by a 77-76 final on December 27 and get back into action on Tuesday when they host 0-4 Wolcott at 7 p.m. in the Connie Donahue Gymnasium.
Eric Gamari and his team may hold the title of ‘Best 0-3 Team,’ in the area after three games in which they showed a great deal of promise, excitement and potential with little to show for it.
Sophomore Tyreek Davis has emerged as one the most talented players in the Naugatuck Valley League in the early stages and is joined by a cast that should be able to come away with their share of “W’s” but the clock is ticking.
Making hay over their next four games against the winless Eagles, Ansonia (2-2), Oxford (1-2) and Woodland (0-3) is imperative for the Raiders.
Head coach Mike Fritch and the Raider girls have not played since December 22 when they beat Oxford by a 47-28 final before losing a game against Avon to the weather. The Avon game will be made up at a later date.
Over the Raiders next four games, they face two of the top teams in the NVL in Wolcott (4-2) and Kennedy (5-0) with Ansonia (0-5) and Woodland (2-1) also in the mix.
Torrington, 3-1, should be perfect at 4-0 if not for a fourth quarter meltdown that saw rival Holy Cross roar back from 14-down in a 60-56 win on December 16.
The Raiders have gotten strong play from sophomore Alyssa Maraia and senior Brie Pergola in their first four games.
….In the Berkshire League boys side of the action, four teams remain unbeaten in league action but that will change by the end of play this week.
Wamogo (4-0, 3-0), travels on Friday to take on Northwestern (3-0, 2-0) for claim at the top while Lewis Mills (3-1. 2-0) heads down to Thomaston (3-1, 2-0) on Tuesday looking to remain unblemished in league action.
Good to see the Golden Bears in the mix as the New Year starts, just a little biased with top scribe Rick Wilson’s son Jonathan playing for Thomaston.
….A big battle on the girl’s side is on tap Tuesday night as the defending champs from Thomaston (3-2, 3-0) look to stay clean in the BL when they travel to Burlington to take on Lewis Mills (5-1, 4-0).
Housatonic is in the mix early with a 4-1, 3-1 mark to date.