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Basketball

Wilton 56ers Win Season Opener Against Weston

The Wilton 56ers Boys (5th and 6th Grade) Basketball team (pictured above) opened the 2016-17 season on Saturday, Dec. 3 with a 51-37 win over Weston. The 56ers led by as many as 11 points (23-12) in the half but had to fight off a tough Weston squad in the end.

Wilton had an early lead from the start with a quick steal from Spencer Liston and a fast break to start Wilton on a 2-0 lead. Early into the game Wilton continued to fire away with a 3-pointer made by Declan Brokaw and points scored by center Bailey Finn in the paint.

It was a close game in the first half but Wilton held the lead throughout the game with tight defense from Andrew Roth, Wyatt Jones, Kyle Roesser and Andre Wiest.

Wilton never gave up the lead throughout the game and continued the run with points scored by Michael Byrnes, Harrison Lent, Jefferson Mitchell, Colin Tsai and Michael Wall to win the game.

Wilton Boys Blue 7th Grade Travel Basketball Opens Season with Two Wins

Wilton’s 7th Grade Blue Boys Basketball, sponsored by Servco-Oil, took on Danbury in a non-league game on Saturday, Dec. 3 at CT Sports arena in New Milford. The game was a tale of two halves, with Wilton up by as many as 29 points in the first half; however a tough press by Danbury in the second half allowed them to get back into the game. Zarius Eusebe (4 points, one assist, one rebound) sunk two key free throws in the final minute to help Wilton prevail 57-55, which was the final.

The first half of the game saw some hot shooters connecting on jump shots and some 3-pointers, including Kevin Hyzy with four 3-pointers (12 points, two assists, one rebound), Matt Giller (10 points, one assist, two rebounds) and Craig Hyzy (6 points, one rebound). Parker Woodring (6 points, two assist, two rebounds) had three steals and also some excellent ball handling, as did Sean Wiseman (2 points) and Dillon Mannix (two assists) who also helped in the guard position. The two big men, Max Andrews (12 points, one assist, six rebounds) and Connor Cummings (4 points, four rebounds) also had good games with a couple of steals each.

The team played Newtown at home in Wilton on Sunday, Dec. 4. Wilton jumped out to a 14-point lead in the first quarter and was up 38-13 at the half. Newtown had no answer for the outside shooting of Giller with four 3-pointers (15 points, one assist) and C. Hyzy’s three 3-pointers (9 points, one rebound) in addition to the inside game of Andrews (18 points, three rebounds) and Cummings (4 points, nine rebounds). Woodring was again solid on ball handling and defense (11 points, one assist, four rebounds) and he had support from Eusebe (4 points, one rebound) who also had a couple of steals. K. Hyzy was good with assists in this one (2 points, three assists) as was Mannix (4 points, one assist) and Wiseman (2 points, one rebound) also contributed some good ball handling.  Newtown was never able to cut down the lead beyond 18 points in the second half and the final score was 71-46. It was good to see an improved defensive effort by the team this time around, with improved running of the floor and passing key to the offense’s success.

Wilton 5/6 Boys Fall to Stamford JCC, 26-39

On Sunday, Dec. 3, the Wilton 5/6 Grade Boys Basketball team traveled to Stamford JCC for their second game of the weekend. Wilton faced an aggressive team and had a tough first quarter with Stamford’s intense offensive plays and solid zone defense.

But the 56ers came out strong in the second quarter, dominating with tough defense and rebounding from Bailey Finn (5 points), Andre Wiest (8 points) and Jefferson Mitchell (2 points). Wilton’s offense took off with an 8-0 run led by Wiest, followed by several steals and fast break points scored by Spencer Liston (8 points). Colin Tsai also put points on the board, sinking a 3-pointer. Declan Brokaw, Harrison Lent, Kyle Roesser and Michael Wall played tight defense, stealing the ball and tenaciously rebounding on both sides of the court. Michael Byrnes and Wyatt Jones helped direct the offense in the second half, but despite all the team’s efforts, the 56ers fell to Stamford 26-39.

Wilton 6th Grade Girls Travel Wins 1, Loses 1

The Wilton 6th Grade Girls Travel Basketball team opened up their season this weekend, splitting a pair of games.

Wilton opened up against a tough West Haven team (already playing their 10th game of the season), dropping their opener 51-25. Scoring was led by Ava Fasano (5 points), Heather Plowright and Molly Snow (4 points each), with Lucy Corry handing out three assists and Kendall Scholz controlling the boards with eight rebounds. Charlotte Casiraghi was Saturday’s game MVP with her outstanding all around play, including 2 points, one assist, three rebounds and four steals.

On Sunday, Dec. 4, Wilton won a close game against New Canaan Black, 15-12. Emerson Pattillo and Kelly Holmgren led the Wilton scoring (6 points each), with Mary Scally and Sawyer Pendergast each collecting five rebounds. Holmgren was Sunday’s game MVP.

Wilton 8th Grade Girls Travel Split One-and-One Over Weekend

The Wilton 8th Grade Girls Travel team opened up their 2016-17 season with two games this past weekend, coming away with one win and one loss.

Wilton came ready to play on Sunday, Dec. 4 against CSA-New Milford with Christina O”Sullivan converting the game starting jump ball to an immediate two point layup. The team pulled down many quick rebounds by Fiona O’Brien and Caitlin Greeff to keep the ball in Wilton’s hands. Nice outside shooting by Grace Cahill and Meghan Koziolkowsky allowed Wilton to grab a fast 8-0 lead. Several key steals and breakaway layups by Marygrace DelliSanti and Alexis Castaldi, along with strong shooting under the boards by Lily Umphred, Riley Eaton and Callie Judelson, secured the 25-5 halftime score for the Warriors. Wilton continued their strong momentum and went on to their first victory of the season with a 45-6 final score.

Unfortunately the team suffered their first defeat of the season with a loss to New Milford travel 8G the day before. Wilton battled hard and kept the game close with key passes from Koziolkowsky and O’Sullivan to assist O’Brien and Eaton with several key shots. Rebounding was kept strong by Umphred and Judelson feeding out to DelliSanti for several break aways, yet New Milford claimed the victory with a 32-23 defeat of the Warriors.

Wilton 7th/8th Grade Boys Start Season 1-2

The Wilton 7th/8th Grade Boys Basketball team, sponsored by Abercrombie, Burns, McKiernan & Company Insurance, Inc.,  started off the season by going 1-2.

On Friday, Dec. 2, the boys team went to Weston and won the game 59–27. The team played great defense which led to many easy baskets. Leading the way was Jermaine Vincent with 10 steals; Jimmy McKiernan with eight assists and five steals; Howie Long with 8 points and four rebounds; and AJ Preisano with four assists.

On Saturday, Dec. 3, Wilton lost to Shelton 47-62. The Warriors started strong and were led early by Ben Weiner’s 10 first-half points along with strong inside play from John McMahon and John Stanley. With Wilton down 10 at halftime the team came out and, with great defense, cut the lead down to six. But clutch shooting from Shelton built the lead back to 16 . Wilton never stopped battling with Dylan Smith knocking down a 3-pointer, Jack Lynch making foul line jumpers and Davis Cote and EJ Fasano both rebounding well against the taller Shelton team.

On Sunday, Dec. 4, Wilton lost a thrilling 41-43 game to Bethel. The two evenly matched teams went back and forth all game long. The Bethel team started to pull away late in the fourth quarter, building a lead of 9 points but Wilton refused to quit and staged a great comeback in the last two minutes. With a stifling press and solid rebounding they almost pulled off an amazing comeback. The team was lead by Sam Strazza ,who hit a couple of clutch 3-pointers; Stanley, Weiner and McMahon making some big shots; and Vincent and McKiernan coming up with key steals.

Wilton’s 8th Grade Boys Travel Open Season with 3 Victories

Wilton’s 8th Grade Boys Travel team, sponsored by Tavern on 7, opened the season with three non-league victories. On Saturday, Dec. 3, Wilton defeated Norwalk Youth in overtime 46-44.  Josh White hit a 3-pointer late in regulation to tie the game, and then in the final moments Michael Coffey scored again to force overtime. In overtime, the lead changed several times before Coffey drove to the basket to score with three seconds remaining to seal the victory. Coffey led the team with 16 points and 18 rebounds. White had 11 points and Matt Gulbin had 10 points.

All 10 players scored in Wilton’s victory over Weston Gold 69-43 in Saturday’s second game. Alex Cocoros broke the game open in the second quarter, scoring all 12 of his points on four 3-pointers. Matt Murphy scored 11 points and had seven boards. Sean Sullivan, Chase Autore, Owen Lillis (including his two 3-pointers) and Gulbin all scored 8 points.

Again all 10 players scored in Wilton’s 60-32 win over Norwalk TMT on Sunday, Dec. 4, with Cocoros again helping to break the game open with his 3-point shooting. Cocoros went 6-of 9 from downtown to lead all scorers with 18 points.  Wilton was also sparked by Trevor Martines with 11 points, including one 3-pointer; Mack Kepner, who had 5 points and four offensive rebounds; and Murphy, who had 8 points and 11 boards.