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Wolcott, powered by Bozzutto, snaps Torrington's win streak

POSTED January 26, 2013
BY Patrick Tiscia
Twitter: @PatrickTiscia

WOLCOTT - The wait for the Torrington boys basketball team continues - for one game at least.

Looking to reach their season goal of making the state tournament, the Red Raiders ran into a hungry and hot Wolcott squad, falling to the Eagles, 78-62, Friday night at Morris Gymnasium.

Torrington is now 7-7 (it had won four in a row) and will look to get the all-important eighth win Tuesday against Holy Cross. Wolcott improves to 8-5 in reaching the state tournament, snapping a four-game losing streak. The Eagles had won seven straight prior to their losing skid.

"I told the team this was going to be a state tournament battle - two seven-win teams with similar goals," Torrington head coach Eric Gamari said. "Things just didn't go our way tonight. We had way too many turnovers (24) and they took advantage of most of them."

Wolcott swingman Mike Bozzutto dominated, netting a game-high 33 points. He scored in every way possible, nailing three three-pointers, making five lay-ups, six foul shots and, for good measure, threw down a dunk in the fourth quarter that upped the Eagles' lead to 61-46.

"He's a smart player and always under control," Gamari said. "We couldn't stop him and he carried them in the first half."

Bozzutto had 19 points by halftime, including 10 during an 11-2 run that proved to be the critical stretch of the night.

Torrington had a 21-20 advantage in the second before hitting a dry spell. The Eagles registered the next seven points over a four-minute span, highlighted by a lay-up and three for Bozzutto.

In the final minute, Bozzutto added two free throws and knocked down a three at the buzzer for a 31-23 Wolcott lead.

The Red Raiders pulled within five in the third, but could not get closer. Nick Japs scored 10 of his 20 points in the period for Wolcott to put to rest any potential Torrington comeback.

Christian Parafati also had a solid game for the Eagles with 15 points.

David Canny led the Red Raiders with 25 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. Jimmy Moran finished with 11 points, while Austin Kelson and Anthony Davis netted nine apiece. Zak Mancini added seven points.

Torrington will now shift its focus towards Tuesday's home game versus Holy Cross. The Crusaders prevailed in the teams' first game, 66-61, on Dec. 12.

"We almost beat them last time and to get another chance, at home, is exciting," Gamari said. "We match up well with them and will make adjustments from tonight."

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