Parkhouse (28), Raiders come away with important win over Ansonia, 74-57

TORRINGTON: It’s crunch time for the Torrington bot’s basketball team.

Coming into Saturday night’s makeup game against visiting Ansonia, the Raiders had five games left in the regular season and were sporting a 9-6 record.

The Chargers were right with them at 9-5 coming in so another layer of pressure was added.

The top eight teams in the Naugatuck Valley League make the league tournament and each of these teams were playing for position in Division III.

When the Chargers raced out to an 11-2 run over the first four minutes of the game, thanks in large part to turnovers by the home team, it looked like this might be a long, lost night.

Enter Will Parkhouse, the junior who can turn a game around in a hurry with a deadly three-point shot (team high 28) and before you could blink, Torrington caught up and then some, ending the first on a 22-4 run on their way to a 74-57 final.

Don’t let that final score fool you though, Ansonia simply refused to go away drawing to within seven at the half and five as the fourth quarter began.

Jhani Borge led all scorers with 32 for the Chargers, including seven three pointers from well behind the three-point line.

Borge kept his team in the game with five three-pointers in the third as the Raiders looked to break away but could not.

Finally in the fourth, Torrington used a 10-2 run, ruled by a pair of long balls by Parkhouse to stretch the lead back to double digits.

As he has in recent games, Isaac Finn had a strong game inside, scoring 18, ten in the first quarter as the Raiders rebounded from their slow start.

With the win, the Raiders improved to 10-6 on the year while the Chargers fell to 9-7.

So, with four games left, the Raiders look to finish strong, albeit against a rough sled of games, starting Tuesday night against Naugatuck.

Remaining for THS boys.

Host Naugatuck (Beat 68-63on the road) D II-7-5

Crosby Away Lost 57-35 first time at home. DI -13-2

WCA Away Lost by 10 after a back-and-forth game at home 79-69 DI -12-4

Host Holy Cross Lost 70-63 DII -11-3

Buckle up, it’s going to be a fast ride!

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