BURNS – The Torrington High School boys’ basketball season came to a close on Saturday – one game shy of reaching the state tournament – at the 3A East Regional Tournament in Burns.
The Blazers opened the tournament as the No. 4 seed from the Southeast Quadrant, playing the top seed and No. 1 team in Class 3A, the Douglas Bearcats.
The result was a 57-24 loss to the Bearcats.
Senior Cole Parriott put the Blazers in front 2-0 with a pair of free throws with 6:19 left in the first quarter, but Douglas scored the next seven points before Parriott scored Torrington’s first field goa of the game with 2:46 left in the opening frame.
Douglas led 15-9 after one quarter, and the Bearcats used a 15-0 run in the second quarter and into the third quarter to put away Torrington.
The Blazers didn’t score in the second quarter
Junior Ben Firminhac ended the scoring drought with 7:04 left in the third quarter, but by the end of the quarter, Torrington found themselves down 41-15.
The Bearcats only added it their lead in the fourth quarter, outscoring Torrington 16-9.
Senior Kieser Wolfe led the team with 12 points, while Parriott had four.
In a must-win game, Torrington bounced back with a 51-44 win over the Newcastle Dogies.
The Blazers exploded for 19 points in the first quarter but were forced to fend off a late charge by the Dogies in the fourth quarter.
Torrington led 43-24 heading into the fourth quarter, but Newcastle wasn’t going to go away quietly.
The Dogies outscored the Blazers 20-8 to cut the Torrington lead to seven by the end of the final quarter.
Wolfe led the team with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while senior Deagan Keith added 12 points. Firminhac tossed in six.
The win kept the Torrington state tournament hopes alive, but the Buffalo Bison stood in the way.
Buffalo ended the Blazer season with a 59-45 loss, securing a spot in the state tournament for the Bison.
The teams found themselves tied at 11 apiece after one quarter, and Buffalo held a 25-22 lead heading into the locker room.
In the third quarter, Buffalo did most of its damage, outscoring Torrington 20-5.
The Blazers battled back over the final eight minutes, outscoring the Bison 18-14, cutting the deficit as few as 14 by the final horn.
For the third straight game, Wolfe led the team in scoring with 14, while Parriott had eight. Junior Skyler Sargent and senior Ryder Hackbarth chipped in six apiece.
Torrington’s season ends with a 7-17 record.