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The Wilton 7/8 boys travel team kicked off their 2017-18 season on Saturday hosting the Danbury 7/8 boys travel. Despite a hard fought battle, Wilton came up short and dropped the opener 52-59. Wilton was paced by AJ Preisano (12 pts) while Jefferson Mitchell (7 pts), James Minnich (7 pts), Conor Lillis (7 pts), Dillon Mannix (6 pts) and Harrison Lent (6 pts) all got in the scoring column. Danbury was a fiery team and made adjustments in the second quarter but Wilton held strong and led at the half. Danbury tightened up their defense and turned the tables on Wilton in the second half. Sean Wiseman and Will Sullivan buried 3 pointers and Tim Martin added a bucket to try and get Wilton back on track but despite a solid defensive and rebounding effort by Dylan Smith and Colin Tsai, Wilton came up short.
Wilton 7/8 boys took to the court again on Sunday against the New Canaan 7/8 team. Despite a strong effort from New Canaan, Wilton notched their first victory of the season with a 49-46 win. Wilton came out of the gates firing and took a 30-13 lead at the half. Wilton was lead in the first half by Mannix (14 pts), Lent (6 pts), and Mitchell (5 pts), while Martin, Wiseman, Preisano and Smith all got in the scoring column. In the second half New Canaan came out hot going on a 15-4 run to close the gap but tenacious defense by Minnich, Tsai and Sullivan halted their charge. The big story in the second was the play of Lillis, who scored 15 of Wilton’s 19 second half points, propelling Wilton to victory.
Wilton 44, Darien 18
Wilton handled rival Darien from tip-off to the final buzzer Friday night, highlighted by exceptional defense throughout the contest. Alexander Reyes lead the charge with 14 points and 3 rebounds. Dominant on the glass was Nicholas Walden, who had 10 rebounds to go with his 9 points. Tommy McKiernan (8 points) and Spencer Liston (4 points) shared point guard responsibilities, while Bailey Finn posted 6 points and 3 boards down low. Andrew Roth applied constant pressure on the ball, notching 4 steals and numerous deflections.
Wilton 54, Fairfield PAL 19
For the second night in a row, Wilton showcased exceptional defense, forcing Fairfield into numerous turnovers as a result of a swarming full-court press and exceptional half-court, trapping pressure.
Finn was a force in the post, leading scoring for the evening with 21 points to go with 6 boards and 2 steals. Tommy Walsh (8 points), McKiernan (7 points), Liston (7 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals) and Roth (3 boards, 3 assists, 3 steals) shared back-court responsibilities, and Walden (6 points, 3 steals, 2 blocks), Reyes (8 points), Ryan Preisano, Jackson Duncan and Griffin Turner were dominant on defense.
Wilton 41, Greenwich 35
Despite maintaining a 20-plus point lead for most of the game, Wilton was forced to withstand white-hot, 3-point shooting during a furious fourth-quarter rally to hang on for the win.
Walden again got Wilton off to a strong start, totaling 12 points and 7 boards for the game. Greenwich could not get comfortable against Wilton’s stifling defense, lead by Roth and his 8 steals, many of which started successful fast breaks. Mckeirnan (8 points) and Walsh (6 points) hit big free-throws down the stretch for Wilton to seal the win. Duncan, Reyes, Preisano, and Turner cleaned the glass all night long, notching numerous key rebounds down the stretch.
The Wilton 5th grade Boys travel basketball team opened their season with a 37-34 win over Greenwich Friday evening. It was a true team effort with each player scoring and notching multiple rebounds. Liam Murphy led the team with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocked shots. Liam McKiernan also had a strong game with 8 points and a few rebounds. Strong offensive and defensive playing also from Jack Schwartz, Cole Siegel, Luke Perna, and Cael Dexter, and sharp shooting from Matt Garcia, Luke Ginsburg, Grady Kaliski and Ryan Luchetta. It was a great opener with boys playing well both ends of the floor.
On Saturday, the boys traveled to St. Mary’s in Ridgefield for a scrimmage and came out with a 46-10 victory.
Sunday, they faced a very athletic Mt. Vernon team at home. The Warriors led much of the game but ended the game just short with a 18-23 loss. Kaliski led the team with 8 points and Ginsburg had a beautiful 3 pointer, while McKiernan and Schwartz led in rebounds. It was a tough loss but a well played game by all.
The Wilton 7th grade girls basketball team walked away with a resounding victory over Darien in the season opener, 27-14. Darien was aggressive from the tip-off, hoping to claim another win after beating Wilton last season, but Wilton responded with a vengeance. Heather Plowright kicked things off with the team’s first basket, and set the tone with steals and rebounds, delivering five points total. Physical play was the name of the game when Kelly Holmgren found the basket for two before an injury took her off the court for the duration. Wilton won the game with relentless defense, but also delivered offensively. Ava Fasano was steadfast on both ends of the court. Sharpshooter Lucy Corry scored two three pointers, while Hannah Fitzgerald, Molly McLaughlin, Mary Scally and Charlotte Casiraghi hit their shots for two points each. Anna Joy drew the foul for one point, while Kendall Scholz at the post tied Plowright for the game high five points. With a final score of 27-14 against one of the league’s strongest teams, Wilton proved it is a team to watch this season.