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Mini-vacation over. A look at what's going on in the State basketball Tournament.

POSTED March 08, 2017
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: Okay, so back to reality. California mini-vacation over.

One 80-degree day (the first) followed by days in the 60’s wasn’t ideal beach weather but considering what it was back here in Connecticut, I’ll be quiet.

Did go a bit crazy by renting a black Mustang convertible and may have overstretched the posted speed limit once or twice but heck, nobody goes under 75 on the West Coast anyway!

Not a Mustang kind of guy but have to admit, it was a sweet ride.

Having a Mustang in San Diego County traffic though, is like having a speed boat in a stream, you’re not going anywhere too fast anyhow.

---Back here in T-Town, the Torrington boys’ basketball season came to an end with their 64-45 loss to Career in the First Round of the Class S State Tournament on Tuesday night in New Haven.

The Raiders drew tough opponents in both the Naugatuck Valley League Tournament (a 104-68 loss to Kennedy) and then a talented New haven team in the Panthers.

Their end of the season may not have been exactly to their liking but the Raiders had a terrific season, posting a 12-8 record that easily could have been 14-6 if they put away a couple of games that they should have.

Youth is still the name of the game for Torrington who lost three seniors in Nick Dalla Valle, Stephon Dailey and Andrew Languell but will return a bunch of strengths next season, led by a player who developed into one of the best in the NVL this season.

Tyreek Davis made his return to Torrington in his sophomore year a good one with his ability to take over games offensively when needed while seeing the court at a level not usually seen out of a tenth-grade athlete.

Four rotation players will enter their senior year next December when Jordan Henneberry, Richy Rodriguez, Hunter Murphy and Adrian Gonzalez return after having very good junior years.

Dontae Thomas, one half the back-court duo with Rodriguez, and Kevin Dixon will be counted on for major minutes next year as Torrington looks to take their game to the next level.

The one major hurdle this team didn’t get over was being able to beat a city team, something that escaped them this year in a year that was fun to follow from start to finish.

---Look who’s back to within a game of another Class S State Championship game.

None other than the Thomaston Golden Bears who will face off against NVL foe Sacred Heart on Friday night at Kennedy High School.

Head coach Bob Mcmahon and his Bears were supposed to be vulnerable this year after graduating a ton of talent a year ago, when they fell in the finals to Canton but have somehow put themselves right back to 32-minutes from a return visit to Mohegan Sun or as Thomaston fans call it, their second home.

Casey Carangelo and Julia Quinn have done most of the heavy lifting this season but as we have seen over the past six years, these teams never stop playing hard and good thing seem to follow.

The Hearts lost to Torrington this year during the regular season by a 46-44 final and advanced to this game after beating Kolbe by a 62-60 final on a last second shot by freshman Aamya Rivera.

Don’t look now but the other semi-final features last year’s champions, Canton who face off against Housatonic.

Could we be looking at an all Berkshire League title game in Uncasville?

---Gregg Hunt and the Wamogo Warriors, fresh off their stunning Berkshire League Tournament win over Lewis Mills are still cooking the Class S boys bracket and will host Creed on Thursday at 7.

Wamogo made short work of Two Rivers in their opener by a 91-67 final while Creed got by Thomaston by a 56-44 final.

---Fascinating game scheduled for Friday night in the Class L Girls semi’s as the top four seeds will be in action.

No 1 Holy Cross gets last year champions, Capital Prep (No 4 this year) while Daniel Hand (No 2) gets Pomperaug (No 3).

Four quality teams right there.

Should be a great end of the basketball season. Championship Weekend is scheduled for Saturday, March 18 and Sunday, March 19.  




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