Torrington boys win third straight with 74-64 win over Oxford.
TORRINGTON: The Torrington boys’ basketball team has run themselves back to the .500 mark and thanks to a ten-man rotation, more wins appear to be on the horizon.
On Wednesday night, the Raiders raced and pressed, nearly gave up a 19-point lead but had enough in the tank to come away with a 74-64 win over Oxford.
Sophomore Tyreek Davis led the way with 17 points for the Raiders who played this game on the run when they had the ball and pressed and pressed on defense when they didn’t.
It’s the kind of luxury a coach has when he has ten players in his rotation, as Torrington head coach Eric Gamari does this season.
The Raiders starting five, Davis, Nick DallaValle, Jordan Henneberry, Stephon Daily and Hunter Murphy played the first three minutes of the game, had five turnovers in the stretch and led 3-2 before giving way to the second five.
That group, consisting of Andrew Languell, Rick Rodriguez, Dontae Thomas, Joel Villanueva and Adrian Gonzalez took over at that point and finished out the first quarter on a 14-5 run behind four points from Villanueva and a thunderous dunk by Davis at the end of the frame.
Not wanting to be outdone, the starters re-entered as the second quarter and opened the lead up to 31-12 with Murphy tallying six in the run and DallaValle ending it with a three-pointer.
The Raiders full court, suffocating defense was giving the Wolverines all kinds of trouble during the second frame and the Raiders converted those errors into points on the other end.
With 3:35 left in the half though, the visits found themselves some momentum to the tune of a 12-0 run to cut the lead to seven at 31-24 and went into the half down just 35-26.
The break neck speed was hurting the Raiders late in the first half but expect to see more of it as the year rolls on
“We figured out from our first three games (all losses) that we’re not really good coming down and playing traditional offense and playing traditional defense,” Gamari said. “This unit does better in transition.”
Jordan Henneberry (9 points) helped the Raiders open the lead back to double digits with five straight points and after a Villanueva bucket underneath, the lead was back to 17 at 48-31.
The fourth quarter proved to be an adventurous one for the home team who were subjected to the same defensive pressure they had put on the Wolverines in the first half and the results were the same. Turnovers.
Oxford got back to within eight at 59-51 with 5:14 left in the fourth off a 6-0 run, all the result of Raiders turnovers.
The free throw line was a friendly place for Torrington on this night though, as the converted 9 of 10 from the charity stripe.
Davis made five of six while Thomas drained all four of his attempts.
Oxford outscored Torrington by a 29-24 score in the final frame but the home team had created enough space to withstand the run.
When Davis threw down his second dunk of the night off an inbound pass from midcourt, the Raiders third straight win was in the books.
Torrington travels to take on Woodland on Friday before returning home to tackle Sacred Heart on Saturday night.
Torrington 74, Oxford 64
Oxford 9 17 9 29 64
Torrington 17 18 15 24 74
Oxford (64): Cole Chudoba 10-1-24, Will Richter 5-3-13, Charles Flowers 4-0-8, Mike Michaud 3-7-13, Joe Yacovelli 0-0-0, Zach Geffert 2-1-6: Totals: 24-12-64
Torrington (74): Andrew Languell 1-0-2, Rick Rodriguez 1-0-3, Tyreek Davis 6-5-17, Nick DallaValle 1-0-3, Dontae Thomas 0-4-4, Joel Villanueva 6-0-12, Jordan Henneberry 4-0-9, Stephon Dailey 3-2-10, Hunter Murphy 4-1-9, Adrian Gonzalez 0-0-0: Totals: 26-12-74
3-pointers: (O): Chudoba 3, Geffert. (T): Rodriguez, DallaValle, Henneberry, Dailey 2
Records: Oxford 2-5, Torrington 3-3