LANDER – Torrington senior Jordan Malm topped 1,000 points for his career over the weekend at the Lander Tournament.
Malm came into his senior season having scored 949 points, and he added a combined weekend total of 78 points, leading the Blazers in scoring in all three games during the team’s 2-1 weekend. It brings his career total to 1,048.
The weekend tournament gave Torrington a chance to see some competition from the western half of the state.
“It was good to see some different teams from the other side of the state and see some of those teams that you normally don’t get to see,” THS coach Neil Baker said. “We got guys who only had one game together got to play a bunch together. It’s a good thing because we are still trying to figure out what guys roles are and see where they fit in together.”
On Friday, the Blazers opened with a 71-52 win over the Big Piney Punchers.
Torrington built a 20-point lead at halftime but saw it quickly evaporate in the third quarter.
“They cut the lead all the way down to five, 45-40, at one point,” Baker said.
However, the Blazers countered with five straight 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to quickly blow the game back open and pull away for the win.
Malm led the team with 29 points, while Bryan Lemmon added 18.
The next day, it was much of the same story against Lovell.
“The Big Piney and Lovell games, we had some real lulls in the third quarter,” Baker said. “We had close to 20 point leads in both of those games at halftime. Then we came out and struggled a little bit in the third quarter.”
The Blazers held on to defeat Lovell 60-45.
Malm led all scorers with 28 points. Lemmon and junior Sam Firminhac followed with 12 and seven, respectively.
Later that day, Torrington closed out the tournament with a 65-58 loss to host and No. 2 ranked Lander Valley.
“Lander was the one I was most anxious to see how we were going to do,” Baker said. “They are a real quality opponent, one of the better teams in the state. I wanted to see how we stacked up against those guys.”
The Blazers cut the deficit to four on a couple of occasions in the fourth quarter, but that proved to be as close as Torrington came.
“It was an iron-man type effort,” Baker said. “We played almost all of our minutes with only seven guys.”
Malm led the team with 21 points, while Lemmon added 15.
“Overall, I thought we did a pretty good job,” Baker said. “(Lander) shot the ball very well and had two post players who hurt us inside the second half.”
The Blazers won’t have to wait long to get back at it following Christmas. The team returns to action on Thursday, Dec. 27, against Superior, Neb., at 7:15 at the middle school gym.
“We are excited about that tournament,” Baker said. “The bracket is a little kinder to us than it has been the last few years. This year, Superior’s girls are really good, but their boys’ team is in rebuilding mode with a lot of young kids. It sets up that, if we play well, we could get ourselves to the final.”