Tuesday Night Tidbits: Torrington boys qualify, Raider girls shock Cross with late comeback....
TUESDAY NIGHT ROUNDUP
Naugatuck Valley League
Torrington: The Torrington boys have made the post season for the first time in three years, thanks to a 76-68 win over rival Holy Cross which gives them an 8-7 record.
David Canny led the Raiders with 24 points while Austin Kelson added 18.
Zak Mancini pitched in with a solid effort from the foul line in the fourth quarter, converting on 7 of 8.
“This team now believes it can win.” Raider head coach Eric Gamari said. “It wasn’t pretty and we had a lot of trouble with their pressure but we did a good job on defense for the most part.”
Canny has been the definition of consistent this year and Tuesday night was no exception.
“David had a typical David game.” Gamari said. “He finished strong around the basket, blocked shots and got rebounds.”
The Raiders travel to Waterbury on Friday to face Kennedy, looking for a few more wins with five to go and a possible berth in the NVL Tournament.
The top eight teams qualify.
Waterbury: This rivalry never seems to be without it’s share of strange twists and turns and Tuesday night in “The Pit”, Torrington turned a 35-27 deficit after three quarters into an improbable 45-42 win.
Nicole Kozlak and Mika Howard drained huge three pointers in the fourth quarter as the Raiders used an intense defensive effort to turn the tide on the Crusaders, who failed to make a basket over a nine minute stretch between the third and fourth quarters.
Torrington improves to 13-4 while Cross falls to 10-6.
Winsted: The Northwestern boys may be stealing all the local attention with their unblemished record this season but the Highlander girls are quietly putting together a special season of their own.
On Tuesday night, Rasa Hamel scored 31 points as the home team used a 16-5 second quarter to pull away from Housatonic in a 61-49 win.
Northwestern improves to 10-5 while the Mountaineers fall to 7-8.
Heather Kearns led the vistors with 21 points.