TORRINGTON >> Crosby (4-1), ranked ninth in the state in this week’s New Haven Register poll, beat Torrington 92-77 Friday night in a game in which the Red Raiders (2-3) were as close as six points away (66-60) with a minute left in the third period.
The Bulldogs played their running game with team high scorer Jordan Booker (29 points) raining five 3-pointers outside.
Torrington kept up with them, especially from outside where Zak Mancini matched Booker’s points (29), including eight 3-pointers.
With a total of 20 threes in the game, the Raiders won that game 11-9.
“They were hot from outside,” said Crosby Coach Nick Augelli. “Going through the line, I was afraid to shake Mancini’s hand for fear I’d get burned.”
The Bulldogs threatened to run away with the game in a 30-15 first quarter in which they led 25-9 with a minute left.
“We started out man-to-man, but they were too quick, so we switched to a zone,” said Torrington center Jake Boccio (17 points).
That gave Boccio the help he needed underneath and freed the Raider shooters at the other end.
Mancini hit his first three with 29 seconds left in the first period. Sophomore Jordan
Henneberry followed with another seconds later.
“We lost two games when we didn’t play through to the end,” said Boccio. “We were in this game.”
“We got careless and relaxed,” said Coach Augelli. “It’s the story of this team. Our D was horrible and we made 12 turnovers in the first half. Against a zone, there was no excuse for that.”
Torrington played great help defense and battled on the boards.
“It was good,” said Coach Eric Gamari. “As the game went on, we did good things. Our patience on offense was right up there.”
It took a while. Crosby went on a 6-2 run to start the second period. Mancini’s second three was the start of a Torrington comeback.
“My team got me the ball,” he said.
After trading threes with Booker, Boccio muscled underneath; then Mancini sandwiched two more threes around a 3-pointer from Roary Judusingh (20 points, including 11 in the first quarter).
When Mancini ended the first half with his fourth 3-pointer, the Raiders trailed just 49-39.
Neither team’s shooters cooled off. Booker and Mancini started the third quarter trading threes.
Mancini hit another from the corner midway through the period, trimming the lead to 59-49.
After a put-back from Dan Jones, Connor Finn converted a steal into another 10-point deficit, 61-51.
Booker and Mancini traded outside again; Mancini got trey number seven with two minutes left; Boccio converted a great pass from David White, then sank a foul shot, 66-60.
Suddenly, this game seemed almost within Torrington’s reach.
Jeremiah Kendall (12 points) and Jadusingh scored the final points of the quarter, 77-62.
A Boccio fast break finish had it back to eight in the fourth.
Then the Raiders ran out of time. Seven straight Bulldog points hiked the lead to 80-68, four minutes left.
With a minute left, Torrington couldn’t break the 10-point barrier and Booker went to work on the foul line, sinking six straight shots in Torrington’s effort to stop the clock.
Nevertheless, the Raiders went away happy.
“It was good,” said Coach Gamari.
“It was definitely a confidence booster,” said Mancini. “If we can play with them, we can play with anyone.”
Crosby 92, Torrington 77
at Torrington High School
Crosby 30 19 23 20 – 92
Torrington 15 24 23 15 – 77
Crosby (92): Roary Jadusingh 9-0-20; Jeremiah Kendall 6-0-12; Jordan Booker 8-8-29; Dan Jones 5-1-11; Dayquain Sinisterra 8-2-20; Totals: 36-11-92.
Torrington (77): Zak Mancini 9-3-29; Stephon Daley 3-4-11; Nick Dalla Valle 2-0-5; Jason Vinisko 1-0-2; Connor Finn 2-0-4; Jake Boccio 8-1-17; Jordan Henneberry 3-0-7; David White 1-0-2; Totals: 30-8-77.
3-point goals: C – Jadusingh 2; Booker 5; Sinisterra 2. T – Mancini 8; Dailey; Dalla Valle; Henneberry.
Records: Crosby 4-1; Torrington 2-3.