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Time for hoops at THS. UConn men and women with unique days on Sunday.

POSTED December 03, 2018
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: The Torrington boys and girls’ basketball teams are in the gyms, just as the outdoor temperatures reach into the 50’s, temps we would have liked the last two weeks of November but, hey, we live in New England.

I’ll be in the gym later today checking out the practice action inside the comfy confines of the Connie Donahue Gymnasium.

The Raider girls get underway a week from Friday as they host WCA at 7 p.m.

Mike Fritch Sr returns to the sidelines as he looks to see if his team can rebound from a tough season a year ago that saw the Raiders post a 4-16 mark and miss the State Tournament.

Eric Gamari and the boys have three pre-season scrimmages scheduled, starting on Tuesday when they host Danbury at 5 p.m.

Matchups against Bristol Central (Thursday at 3:15) and next Monday against Wamogo (5 p.m.) lead the Raiders up to their season opener on Thursday, December 13 at Newtown in a non-conference test.

Holy Cross come to THS on Friday, December 18 for the boys’ home opener.

The Raiders posted a 14-6 record a year ago with an up-tempo offense that was very entertaining.

-Enjoyed Patrick Tiscia’s take on the UConn/Arizona men’s basketball battle on Sunday, won by Arizona but not without the resurrection of the XL Center to Big East like energy.

I saw the Huskies earlier in the week and they certainly are going to be fun to cover this year, even as they continue to grow into the kind of team that head coach Dan Hurley wants them to be.

There will be bumps and bruises, one could say that Sunday was a missed opportunity, but the Huskies should be able to make some noise in the American Athletic Conference and the post season after being an after thought the past few years.

-When the day started on Sunday with the men’s loss, it looked like an extremely rare day that might actually see both the men and women’s team at UConn lose in the same day, something that hasn’t happened often over the last 20-years.

The women were on the road at defending National Champion, Notre Dame for a big early season match up with the Irish and went in as the underdogs.

Much was made last week about UConn and head coach Geno Auriemma not getting any top -notch signings and the joke was that the run was over.

Not so fast folks, they are still UConn and even if the stars are having an off night, you can usually count on somebody breaking through and sure enough on Sunday, freshman stepped up and dominated.

Christyn Williams scored 28 points to lead her team to a decisive 89-71 win over the Irish in a game that reminded folks not to count the Huskies out just yet.


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