Long ball sinks Blazers in opener


CHADRON – Chadron connected on eight 3-pointers in the first half, handing the Torrington High School boys’ basketball team a 60-49 loss in the 2019-20 season opener.

Despite the eight treys for the Cardinals, the Blazers managed to keep pace with Chadron, trailing 30-29 at the half.

“We played well against a very good shooting Chadron team,” THS Neil Baker said. “Then we struggled to score in the third quarter and fell behind.”

In the third quarter, the Cardinals started to pull away, outscoring Torrington, 17-8.

Over the final eight minutes, Torrington cut the Chadron lead to seven at 54-47 before going into foul mode to extend the game.

“Our young guys showed great effort and did some good things, but it hurt playing our first game while it was Chadron’s fifth game,” Baker said. “(Trevor) Berry and (Cooper) Heusman from Chadron both played very well.”

Senior Sam Firminhac led the team with 16 points, while sophomore Chase Miller added 12. Senior Jackson Jones tossed in 11.

The Blazers now turn their attention to the Douglas Invite where they will play three games in two days.

“We are looking forward to the Douglas tournament to get some more experience for all of our guys and keep building team chemistry,” Baker said.

Torrington plays Lovell at 5 p.m. on Friday, and Lander Valley at 9 a.m. and Wheatland at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

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