THS boys split with Alliance, Newcastle

TORRINGTON – It was a tale of two games for the Torrington High School boys’ basketball team over the weekend.

On Friday, the Blazers pulled away over the final three quarters en route to a 65-17 victory over the Newcastle Dogies.

Torrington shot 43.6% (24-of-55) while holding Newcastle to only six field goals and 17.6% (6-of-34) shooting for the game.

The Blazers knocked down 13 3-pointers and scored 28 points of 27 Newcastle turnovers. As a team, THS accounted for 17 steals.

Newcastle kept things close for one quarter, as Torrington held to a 12-6 lead, but in the second quarter, the Blazers started to pull away.

Torrington outscored the Dogies 15-1 to take a 27-7 lead into halftime. The Blazers poured on an additional 20 points in the third quarter and 18 in the fourth to pull away for the 48-point win.

Freshman Landre Greiman led the team with 14 points, while sophomore Ned Nelson and senior Ryan Baker had 12 points apiece. Sophomore Mac Hibben had 11 points. Senior Ben Firminhac grabbed a team-high six rebounds, and junior Adam Bartlett dished out seven assists.

On Saturday, Torrington returned to Willi Gym to face Alliance, Nebraska in a rescheduled contest from Dec. 13.

The Bulldogs scored the first four points and cruised to a 70-34 win over the Blazers.

Torrington got no closer than two points on two occasions to seeing the lead.

Baker made the score 4-2 only 45 seconds in, and Firminhac made it 6-4 with 4:50 left in the first quarter.

Alliance scored the next 14 of the next 17 points, spanning into the early moments of the second quarter.

Greiman slowed the Alliance run with a 3-pointer early in the second quarter, but the Bulldogs promptly scored the next seven, forcing Torrington to call its second timeout of the game.

After the triple by Greiman, Torrington only scored one more point for the remainder of the quarter.

Alliance’s lead continued to grow until the final horn sounded.

Torrington shot 26.3% (10-of-38), while allowing the Bulldogs to shoot 50% (27-of-54). Alliance forced the Blazers to turn the ball over 22 times.

Baker led the team with 11 points, while Greiman and Hibben had five points each. Firminhac and Hibben grabbed four rebounds each.

The Blazers (3-5) are back in action on Thursday on the road against the Mitchell (Nebraska) Tigers (3-7). Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.