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Remembering the 2006 Torrington boys basketball State Championship season. Raiders go 3-2 over second five games of year.

POSTED March 07, 2016
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: The second five games of the Torrington boys’ basketball 2005-2006 regular season saw the team hit their first two bumps in the road as they went 3-2 over the span.

A Naugatuck Valley League nemesis was on the docket for game six as the Crosby Bulldogs came to play in Torrington.

For the first time in the season, the Raiders did not get off to a smoking start as they had most of the year, trailing the Bulldogs by a 12-9 margin.

Crosby brought two players who would go on to be a couple of the best players in the league for some time, Damian Saunders and B.J. Montiero.

The duo would combine for 34 points as the Raiders fell for the first time to a team they would come to measure themselves by.

“We wanted to play and beat the best teams in the NVL,” Fabisachi said. “Just beating the teams we should have was not our objective at any point during the season.”

Fabiaschi and Gary Robinson led the way with 17 points each while Mark Woznicki added 12.

Brady Nembhard (15) and Jordan Mongomery (15) gave the visitors four players in double figures for the game.

Crosby connected on just 12 of 23 attempts from the free throw line but did just enough to escape with the win.

Regular season goals for this team were secondary to what their mission was in the post season so dropping this game to a rival was taken in stride. Mind you, they never wanted to lose but they also did not make a habit of dwelling on it either.

Game seven saw the Raiders travel to Beacon Falls to take on the Woodland Hawks and Torrington got back on the winning side of the ledger with a 63-59 road win.

The final score was a little deceiving as the Raiders led 53-38 after three but the Hawks staged a blistering fourth quarter rally that saw them outscore THS by a 21-10 margin in the frame but the road team had just enough to hang on for the win.

Fabiaschi was the only player to break into the double digit mark with 25 with five, three pointers and a 6-6 effort from the free throw line, including 4-4 in the final quarter.

To most Raider fans, the Naugatuck Greyhounds were a long-time rival in just about every sport but in the case of this Torrington team, not so much.

Game seven was a relatively easy one, this time a 82-68 win over the ‘Hounds behind 26 from Fabiaschi, 14 from French, 13 from Robinson and 11 from Dave Arsego.

Now sitting with a 7-1 mark, the Raiders traveled to Wilby and fell victim to a terrible third quarter that saw them get outscored 25-9.

Tyrone Fleming led the way with 22, including nine in that massive third quarter. The Raiders put on their own rally in the fourth, led by Fabiaschi, who single handedly tried to bring his team all the way back with a 19 point frame.

“We were down big,” head coach Tony Turina said. “Michael caught fire and just couldn’t miss from three point land and we almost came all the way back but fell short. It was an amazing effort on his part”

After dropping that contest to Wilby, one had to figure the next team on the schedule may have been in for a tough night and true to form, the Raiders beat up on Watertown by a 104-67 final off the strength of a 34-9 first quarter that ballooned into a 53-28 lead at the half.

Every Raider cracked the scorebook, led by Fabiaschi with 24 and Woznicki with 21.

So, after ten games, Torrington sat with an 8-2 mark as they started their turn towards the end of the regular season and the start of the post season.

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