TORRINGTON – The Torrington High School boys’ basketball team dropped a pair of 3A Southeast Quad matchups over the weekend.
On Friday, the Blazers fell to the Wheatland Bulldogs 67-56.
Torrington held an early 4-2 lead behind scores from sophomore Ryan Baker and senior Dylan Dreiling.
Wheatland went on to score the next seven points and used a 9-0 run late in the opening quarter to push its lead to 20-9 in the final minute of the first.
In the second quarter, Wheatland’s lead continued to grow, outscoring Torrington, 16-9.
Coming out of the halftime break, the Blazers got a quick score from Dreiling, and junior Deagan Keith converted an old-fashioned 3-point play to cut the deficit to 36-25.
The teams played even for the remainder of the quarter until Wheatland’s Kade Preuit drained a 3-pointer to give the Bulldogs a 51-38 lead heading into the final eight minutes.
In the fourth quarter, senior Thomas Heron went 2-for-2 at the free-throw line to cut the deficit to 59-51, but that proved as close as Torrington’s comeback attempt would come.
Junior Kieser Wolfe led the team with 22 points, while Baker had eight. Heron tossed in six.
On Saturday, Torrington fell 58-51 to the Burns Broncs in Burns.
Heron gave the Blazers an early 6-0 lead less than three minutes into the game, and it was a lead which Torrington held on to through much of the third quarter.
Tied at 30 apiece, Burns hit a 3-pointer with 2:13 remaining in the third and never trailed again for the remainder of the game.
No stats were available at press time.
The Blazers (3-14 overall and 0-5 in the 3A Southeast) travels to Rawlins to face the Outlaws at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26.