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Tyreek Davis scores 28 as Raiders handle Seymour, 72-61 on Senior Night.

POSTED February 16, 2017
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


TORRINGTON: It was the quietest 28-point game one might ever see.

Torrington sophomore Tyreek Davis didn’t start on Thursday night, but still managed to put up that massive point total in one of the most important Torrington games to date, a 72-61 win over Seymour.

The Wildcats had been nipping at the Raiders heels in the Naugatuck Valley League standings as the season winds down, with the league tournament just a little more than a week away.

With the win, Torrington moves its record up to 12-5, while Seymour falls to 10-7, putting the Raiders in solid position to be at least the number six seed once the postseason begins.

No matter what happens the rest of this season, a couple things stand out when you look at this team.

They are a lot of fun to watch, are getting better as the year goes on, and boy, when Davis is on, he’s something to watch.

His 28 points came on nine baskets (five three-pointers) and five made free throws.

They came in every variety imaginable, from anywhere on the court.

You could see early that Davis was on when he hit a three pointer with 5:40 left in the first quarter to put his team up 9-2, and then again when he converted a traditional three-point play on a bucket set up by a nice pass from Jordan Henneberry.

After the visitors got to within four in the second quarter, Davis ignited a 13-2 run that also featured long balls by Nick Dalla Valle (8 points) and Richy Rodriguez to move the lead back into double digits at 39-26.

In the third quarter, it was Davis again, scoring nine of his team’s 11-points as Torrington built a 17-point lead.

It was Senior Night for three Raiders. Dalla Valle, Andrew Languell and Stephon Daily were each in the starting lineup and while this night can sometimes wreak havoc on a team’s emotions, Torrington handled it relatively well.  

Head coach Eric Gamari was happy with how his team dealt with the distractions.

“I think we have done a good job as a program of getting them focused,” Gamari said. “We had an hour and fifteen-minute practice and everything we did during the walk-through dealing with what we expected from Seymour worked.”

Seymour used an aggressive, to the basket approach in the first half and it worked as it went to the foul line 16 times in the first 16 minutes.

The Wildcats put four players in double digits, led by sophomore Kevin Crawford was attacked the basket any time he got near it.

Nick Martins, Jaylen Crawford and Tyler Strang each pitched in with 14.

Joel Villanueva added 15 for the Raiders and in the cases of the Torrington top scorers, their numbers snuck up on you.

That’s the beauty of the 10-man rotation that brings fresh arms and legs to the court at different times.

Seymour made one more run the fourth when they outscored the home team by a 25-19 mark but connecting of five of six free throws down the stretched allowed the Raiders to come away with this all-important win.

Two regular season games remain for Torrington. They travel for an out of conference game against Newtown on Saturday and wrap up the campaign on Tuesday at Holy Cross.

The game against the Crusaders could be a preview of the NVL tournament matchup and it represents the Raiders last chance to beat a city school.

NOTES: Tremendous response and energy from the Torrington athletes and coaches who were on hand to honor Peter Wallace, formerly of the Register Citizen.

A large ring was formed around half court and Mr. Wallace was brought down from the stands to accept the thanks of a grateful Raider faithful who appreciate his nearly two-decade body of work.

Large chants of “Peter Wallace” rang throughout the Connie Donahue Gym, harkening back to day when these chants were the norm. If the crowd knew you and respected you, a chant would begin.

Kudos, Raiders, you done good.

 

    

 

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