Foran boys' basketball wins Platt Tech Holiday Tournament
Senior Al Torrens poured in a game-high 18 points and was named the Most Valuable Player as Foran rolled past Bullard Havens 73-40 to capture the Platt Tech Holiday Tournament last week.
Torrens scored a tournament-high 32 points in both games to lead the Lions to the title.
In the first-round 55-44 victory against Trumbull last Tuesday, Torrens had a game-high 14 points and four steals to lead the way. Junior guard James Richetelli had eight points and six assists, while Austin Woods made his presence felt inside with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Foran started quickly against the Eagles, building a 15-8 advantage after one quarter and taking a 30-25 lead into halftime.
Trumbull came out in the third quarter and outscored the Lions 17-11 to go up by one point heading into the fourth, but Foran took control in the final quarter and moved into the finals.
“It was a tight game throughout,” Foran coach Tim Swaller said. “We jumped on them early, but they fought back. In the fourth we said we needed to get some stops if we were going to win the game.”
The defense was the key in the fourth quarter where the Lions locked down the Eagles and limited them to just two points.
“We held them scoreless for most of the fourth quarter,” Swaller said. We did a great job of getting stops and rebounding the ball. We came up big in the fourth.”
Junior Jimson Lima led the Eagles with 11 points, while David Klein and Tom Pauciello each added eight points apiece.
Foran senior Tucker Schumitz scored nine points, including a 3-pointer, while Richetelli connected on two 3-pointers.
As a team, Foran was 14-of-20 from the free-throw line, while the Eagles went a dreaded 0-for-9 from the line. Free throws made certainly made the difference in the game.
“Twenty attempts is a good night for us,” Swaller said. “If we’re getting to the line it shows we’re being aggressive.”
The next night, Foran was looking to take home the championship against Bullard-Havens in the finals.
Coming off a strong fourth-quarter comeback against Trumbull, the Lions continued the momentum early and rolled to a 22-7 lead after the first quarter.
The second quarter was more of the same as Foran added to its lead and went into halftime with a 43-19 advantage over the Tigers.
“We were obviously pleased to come from behind to beat Trumbull,” Swaller said. “I told the kids, if we played good then good things would happen.”
Foran (4-2) dominated the second half and walked away with the 33-point victory to capture the tournament championship.
Schumitz had six points, six assists and four steals, while Richetelli chipped in with 12 points. Senior Nick Willey had 15 points and was 5-of-6 from the free-throw line.
Bullard-Havens defeated Platt Tech 54-49 to earn a berth into the finals.
After hosting Southern Connecticut Conference foe Hand this week, Foran will travel to Amity on Jan. 11 to take on the Spartans at 7 p.m., before traveling to cross-town rival Jonathan Law on Jan. 13.
“Right now, we’re pleased with where we’re at as a team,” Swaller said. “I tell the kids, continue to work hard. We’ve got to move forward and try to get better as a team.”