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The local basketball scene updated.

POSTED January 21, 2014
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: As the calendar makes its way through January and to the home stretch of the high school basketball season, races abound as it looks like we will have several races that will go down to the wire.

Starting with the Berkshire League boys, Terryville and head coach Mark Fowler are unbeaten in league play to date and sit in the top spot with a 9-1 mark.

The Kangaroos take on Nonnewaug (5-3) and Litchfield (6-4), two teams fighting for position and a better seeding in the States, not that far down the road.

It's a pick-your-poison situation when a team takes on this team at this moment.

Do you focus on Jacob Johnson (23 ppg) or Shea Tracy (18 ppg)? If you do, beware of Tyler Trillo who went off for 29 against Thomaston last Wednesday.

No easy answers here.

Lewis Mills sits right behind the 'Roos at 8-2 behind the work of Alexander Daigle (13 ppg), Danny Kryanski (12 ppg) and Nate Cook (11 ppg) and has third place Northwestern (7-3) on the schedule for later this week along with a meet up with Wamogo as well.

Litchfield (6-4) and Nonnewaug are hanging around and easily could have something to say about who ultimately ends up in the top spot when the season closes down in mid-February.

Watch out for Yoharkey Sarmiento and the Gilbert Yellowjackets who have started to jell, despite their 4-3 record.

Sarmiento leads the BL in scoring with 23 per game. 

....The BL girls race has seen the top dog, Lewis Mills (10-1) put a bit of distance between themselves and three teams, Northwestern (9-3), Housatonic (7-3) and defending champion Thomaston (8-4).

Defending their crown from a year ago has proved to be a challenge for the Golden Bears who are certainly missing the leadership and scoring of both Maggie Eberhardt and Sydney Keith, two cogs in the machine that made that memorable run to Mohegan Sun a year ago.

The Spartans have been led by senior Teagan Dunn who is averaging 14 points per game and face Wamogo and Nonnewaug this week.

....In the Naugatuck Valley League boy’s race, it's all about the Copper Division, which includes Eric Gamari the Torrington Raiders (6-3).

The Crosby Bulldogs and Tyshon Rogers lead the pack with a 9-0 record followed by the Wilby Wildcats at 8-1, their only loss to the Bulldogs early in the season.

Round two will be at Crosby on February 14th, ironic it's two weeks after the Super Bowl because a ticket to that game will be as hard to come by as the game at Met Life will be.

The Wildcats have a big showdown game this week against Sacred Heart (8-2, 8-1 NVL) in a battle for second place.

We have seen epics games shape up earlier this year and with some of the best scorers in the area warming up, it's likely only going to get better.

Torrington sits at 6-3 with games against Naugatuck (5-5) on the road Tuesday and a meeting with the Hearts on Thursday night,  

The game against the Greyhounds is the big one, the Raiders can't afford to lose to teams below them in the Copper.

....The Torrington girls have quietly done what they seem to do every year at this stage.

They hold a 9-2 record as they enter the second part of the schedule and have a chance to avenge an opening night loss later this week on the road when they take on Sacred Heart (8-3).

The Hearts spoiled the Raiders opener behind the efforts of Mikyla Jacobs, who leads the NVL in scoring with over 17 points per game and Maya Eggleston who is scoring a little over 12 per contest.

The duo proved to be too tough for the Raiders that night and it had marked the first time in years that the Hearts had beaten the Raiders.

A second loss would not be good for the Raiders who look to stay within striking distance of league leading Holy Cross (11-0).

It's been fun so far, a second time around can't be anything but good, bring it on...  

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