TORRINGTON – The Torrington High School boys’ basketball team snapped a five-game skid with wins over the Wheatland Bulldogs and the Burns Broncs.
“It was really good to get back on that side of the ledger, but tonight I told them, after a battle like that (Friday) in Wheatland, it might have been easy to not get up and be sharp,” THS coach Neil Baker said. “We had a couple moments, but overall, it was pretty good stuff.”
On Friday, the Blazers knocked off Wheatland 55-48 on the road.
Wheatland junior Kobey Preuit looked to get the Bulldog offense jump started with an early 3-pointer.
It was a lead which the Bulldogs held for nearly the entire opening quarter.
That was until Torrington senior Jordan Malm drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game at 12.
Junior Mytch Pollock knocked home his first points of the game to put the Bulldogs back in front early in the second quarter, but it was once again Malm who answered and tied the game with a trey of his own.
Torrington eventually grabbed a 20-18 with three minutes left in the quarter, a lead which the Blazers never surrendered the rest of the game.
Torrington’s lead grew to as many as 37-25 midway through the third quarter before Wheatland started a rally.
In the final minute of the game, Torrington fended off a late Wheatland push, as the Bulldogs deficit to seven by the final horn.
Malm led the Blazers with 24 points in the win.
The next day, Torrington returned to Willi Gym for Senior Night.
Baker wanted to send the five seniors out on a good note.
The Blazers topped Burns 66-41 with the highlight coming with three minutes left in the game when Malm connected with Bryan Lemmon for an alley-oop, putting Torrington in front 59-38.
“I don’t think anyone will forget Bryan’s dunk on that alley-oop,” Baker said. “That’ll be a memory they have for a while. It was a really great night.”
Torrington jumped out to an 8-0 lead, pushing it to 15-5 just past the midway point in the opening quarter.
The Blazers never trailed in the win.
Malm led the team with 18 points, while Lemmon added 16. Josh Posten and Jared Lemmon added 10 each.
“We ran our offense and got several different guys scoring,” Baker said. “We got out and ran a little bit. I wanted our seniors to get sent out on a good note. We definitely did that. All those guys did great tonight.”
It was the final home game for five seniors – Malm, Bryan Lemmon, Jared Lemmon, Trace English and Posten.
“Bryan and Jordan have been playing huge minutes as freshman. Jared and Josh played a bunch as sophomores,” Baker said. “They are good leaders. They are good examples. They play hard. They have good skills. More importantly what they will remember 10 years from now is they are good friends.”
Baker hopes the win gives the Blazers some momentum heading into Friday’s final regular season game against Rawlins – who lost to Wheatland 47-42 in overtime on Saturday.
“We had a battle at home. They pressed us a little bit and that caused us some issues. We’ve changed somethings up a little bit since then. We’ll be studying their last few games to find anything we can do to flip that one around.”