TORRINGTON: After four games this season, one fifth of their season, the Torrington boys’ basketball team are 10-seconds away from a 4-0 mark.
Only a last-minute loss to a tough Division II team in Newtown (67-66) the night before, prevented a perfect start.
Last night was made tougher because the Raiders seemed to have this one in the bag early after racing out to a 30-16 first quarter lead only to see Newtown roar back with some tough, physical play that allowed them to come back to win.
Coming back on short rest on Friday night against a fast and hard-working Woodland team didn’t start as planned as the Raiders legs and effort was missing.
The Hawks 14-6 lead halfway through the first quarter provided the wake up call the home team needed as they eventually righted the ship on their way to a 78-58 win over the Hawks.
Will Parkhouse (22) got help from Adi Puskarevic (14), DJ Williams (13) and Luca White (11) as the Raider offense showed its versatility once they kicked things into gear.
After heading into the half up 34-31 on a Parkhouse three pointer, the home team used a 10-2 with three pointers from Parkhouse and DJ Williams who had another strong second half which saw him score 11 of his 13 game points.
The Hawks began the game with a strong inside game that came because of good screens and cuts, they did the Raiders a favor when the game got tight by starting to push the pace, something Torrington will take any day.
The home team would outscore the visitors by a 43-27 margin in the second half.
The takeaway after three games?
This can be an explosive offensive team when they bring the energy and effort.
When they don’t, well that’s what happened after the first quarter on Thursday night against Newtown.
They are off until next Friday when they host rival Crosby in a great test for this junior laden team, one that was part of the team that beat the Bulldogs in a thriller at home last year by a 76-70 final score.
Torrington plays the Bulldogs in Waterbury later this year as well.
So, until then, the Raiders will rest up a bit before getting back at it in preparation for the Friday night matchup.