TORRINGTON: For those who have been watching this group of juniors on the Torrington boys basketball team, what they have seen in the first two games of the 23/24 campaign is not a surprise,
They had seen it coming.
For the rest of the Naugatuck Valley League, like the visiting Watertown Warriors, they are the second team this year to experience the speed, skill and precision of this team, one that rolled to an 88-53 win behind 30 points from Will Parkhouse and 14 from Luca White.
The Raiders start four juniors and one senior, DJ Williams, and can go 8 deep on any given night.
Let’s start with Parkhouse who gained a reputation over his first two seasons as a deadly outside shooter who could turn a game in a hurry from outside the deep lines.
What stood out the most Tuesday night was his ability to take the ball to the basket at, pardon the pun, will.
Of his 13 baskets, only two were good from downtown, often making the Warriors pay when they looked to guard him outside. Parkhouse ran the floor to perfection, running out ahead of the defense for easy buckets.
Fellow juniors in the starting lineup, White, Logan Tucciarone, Adi Puskarevic each helped turn a close game (19-14 THS after one) into a 45-31 bulge at the half.
The Raiders defense turned up the heat in the second half, allowing just 22 points in the final 16 minutes.
White ran the point to perfection, racing the ball up in the Raiders fast paced style they thrive in.
Williams scored all nine of his points in the third quarter while Isaac Finn chipped in with nine as well.
Puskarevic added eight while Greg Cuello had seven in a very balanced offensive night for the home team.
After finding early success driving to the basket, the Warriors found the inside area unfriendly as the Torrington height and athleticism overwhelmed them.
This is going to be a fun team to follow this year as a group that has played together for as longas they can remember, matures into a force to be reckoned with,
Torrington hosts Woodland Friday night at 7.