TORRINGTON – The Torrington High School boys’ basketball team went 0-2 over the weekend with losses to Newcastle on the road and a home loss to the No. 1-ranked Buffalo Bison.
On Friday, the Blazers fell behind Newcastle, 22-8 early in the game before battling back, only to fall short 59-54.
Newcastle’s lead reached 34-16 at the half before the Blazers started to chip away at the deficit for the remainder of the game.
By the fourth quarter, Torrington’s trailed 44-32 with eight minutes to play.
The Blazers scored the first four points of the quarter to cut the Dogie lead to 44-36.
Over the final six minutes of the game, the Blazer outscored Newcastle 18-15.
The next day, Torrington returned home to face the Buffalo Bison in a battle of Class 3A top five teams at Willi Gym.
After the teams traded baskets to start the game, it was the top-ranked Bison who pulled away for a 61-47 win.
Buffalo pushed its lead to 10-4 midway through the opening quarter.
The visiting Bison used an 8-0 spurt in the second quarter to push the lead to 24-11 with less than three minutes to play before halftime.
Torrington senior Josh Posten sparked a 14-2 run with a 3-pointer with two minutes left before the half.
The run carried over into the third quarter, and by the time the Bison scored again, the Blazers had the deficit down 26-25.
Buffalo pushed its lead back to eight late in the third, but Torrington made one more run, cutting the deficit in half with five minutes to play. That proved as close as Torrington came to seeing the lead as the Bison pulled away for the double-digit victory.
Blazer senior Jordan Malm led the team with 17 points, while junior Sam Firminhac and senor Bryan Lemmon added nine each.
Torrington will host Douglas on Saturday, Feb. 9 in its only game next week. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.