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Around boys basketball: Previewing a big weekend

POSTED January 06, 2011
BY Patrick Tiscia
Twitter: @PatrickTiscia

Weather permitting, a big Friday night of local hoops is on tap. Without further ado, let’s break it down.

The game of the night will take place in Woodbury as 6-0 Nonnewaug, owners of a 28-game Berkshire League winning streak, will play host to 5-0 Gilbert.

The Yellowjackets, in the midst of a big week, took care of business against a strong Housatonic team on Tuesday, defeating the Mountaineers, 57-48, in Winsted. Gilbert, as it regularly has this season, had multiple players in double figures, led by Austin Brochu’s 17 points. Elide Romero added 14 points and Robert Skinner finished with 12.

It will need a similar output Friday against a Nonnewaug team that has been the class of the BL for the last year and a half. The Yellowjackets will also have to stop Colin Schneider, who is fifth in the league in scoring, netting 16.8 points a contest.

Cody St. John is also averaging double figures at 11.5.

Nonnewaug has already held off tough foes in Litchfield and Northwestern this season, and Gilbert may be it toughest challenge yet.

Litchfield will be keeping a close eye on the Gilbert-Nonnewaug game as it stands right on the doorstep of first place at 6-1. The Cowboys, who picked up a big win Tuesday at Northwestern, will visit 2-4 Shepaug Friday. The usual suspects Quinn McKenna (20 points) and Mike Andrulis (16 points) led the way in Tuesday’s win.

The outlook of the BL regular season will be a lot clearer after Friday’s games play out.

Meanwhile, Torrington faces a major challenge as it travels to undefeated Crosby Thursday night.

The Red Raiders (3-3) have lost two straight, including a 57-53 loss at Wolcott Tuesday. In defeat, Martin Mitchell scored 18 points, followed by Brian Failia with 16 and Jalen Johnson with 11.

While winning this game may be too much to ask for Torrington, playing well is another. The Red Raiders, starting next week, have a four-game homestand coming up, a slate of game that should help set them up for a state tournament berth.

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