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Random thoughts basketball edition: Great night in local high school action, UConn, NBA

POSTED February 05, 2014
BY Patrick Tiscia
Twitter: @PatrickTiscia


Throughout high basketball seasons, there are usually three or four nights when the schedule jumps out with multiple great matchups.

Tuesday was one of those nights.

We’ll start with the Torrington teams.

The Torrington boys clinched a berth in the state tournament with a thrilling, 72-70, win at home over Holy Cross. John McCarthy’s jumper with eight seconds left was the difference.  McCarthy and Mitchell Zagrodnik led the Raiders, now 8-6, with 19 points apiece.

On the girls’ side, the Red Raiders traveled to Waterbury and gave undefeated Holy Cross a run for its money in a 50-41 loss. Torrington, led by Brie Pergola’s 13 points, trailed by only two points heading into the fourth quarter before the Crusaders pulled away.

Meanwhile, over at Crosby, the Sacred Heart boys handed the Bulldogs their first loss of the season with an impressive, 90-82, overtime win.

Sophomore star Mustapha Heron scored 32 points for the Hearts, followed by Malik Petteway with 25 and Charles Fisher with 17. Crosby’s all-time leading scorer, Tyshon Rogers, had a spectacular game with 40 points.  

Our friends over at CPTV Sports will air the replay of this game on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

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The UConn men have another big game on Thursday as it visits AAC-leading Cincinnati. DeAndre Daniels, who missed the Huskies’ last game against Houston with a sprained ankle, practiced Tuesday and is listed day-to-day. The guess here is that he will play.

UConn then travels to Central Florida for a 6 p.m. tip-off on Sunday.

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I would try to analyze the UConn women, but why even at this point of the season? The Final Four is when their season really starts.

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Rough go of it this year for the local NBA teams as the Knicks stink, the Celtics are tanking and the Nets are old, slow and uninspiring.

Also a rough go on the injury front with Derrick Rose out for the season (of course) and other stars such as Kobe, Steve Nash, Chris Paul and Al Horford missing considerable chunks of time due to injury.

The one thing that could save this somewhat dull season is a Kevin Durant-LeBron James matchup in The Finals. We recently had a brief glimpse of the greatness that could be, with James netting 34 points and Durant 33 in the Thunder’s win at Miami.

It would be a fantastic series and a phenomenal one-on-one battle. Durant was a tad unready in the 2012 Finals and seems more prepared for such a stage.

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