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Wilton Hoops—Wilton Basketball Association
Wilton 6th Grade Boys 50, Ridgefield 25
The 6th grade Wilton Warriors Boys, sponsored by Pinocchio Pizza, continued their dominance within the FCBL southern division with a win over Ridgefield, 50-25 last Saturday, Jan. 2.
The game started with both offenses showing a bit of holiday season rust as Wilton led 6-2 late in the first quarter. However, as has been their strength all season, the Blue-and-White hit back to back three-pointers by Craig Hyzy (10 pts.) and Zarius Eusebe (9 pts.) to close out a large 12-2 lead in the opening quarter.
The reigning FCBL champs were able to hold off any pressure Ridgefield applied. Wilton’s defense, led by Max Silva (6 steals, 2 pts.), Parker Woodring (4 steals, 4 pts.) and Dylan Mannix (2 steals), kept the Orange and Black guards off balance all game. The Warriors took a commanding 25-15 lead into the locker room.
In the third quarter, Wilton’s depth wore down Ridgefield and extended their lead. Leaning on their strong defense, Wilton was efficient in their offensive sets led in the paint by Max Andrews (10 pts.) and on the perimeter with Kevin Hyzy (7 pts.) and Matthew Giller (5 pts.). Rebounding was stressed during halftime and Grant Masterson and Jack Lynch delivered dominating with five rebounds each.
Wilton improved their division record to 3-1 and overall record 9-4. They continue their season this weekend with a road game at Greenwich Select Black and at Middlebrook vs St. Theresa from Trumbull, Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 9 and 10) respectively.
Wilton 5th/6th Grade Boys 23, Fairfield 58
The 5th/6th grade Wilton Boys basketball team, sponsored by Tavern on 7, played a solid Fairfield team this past Sunday, Jan. 3. Wilton started a tall front court of Connor Cummings (7 pts., 10 rebounds, 3 blocks), Jimmy Luce (1 pt., 2 steals, 5 rebounds), and Ethan Jackson to counter Fairfield’s height. The back court of Sean Wiseman (2 pts.) and Connor Lillis faced a tandem of lanky and quick point guards.
In the second quarter, Jefferson Mitchell (2 pts.), AJ Preisano, Shane Taubin, Colin Tsai, and Andrew Zizzadoro (9 pts.) worked the ball around, and produced a jump shot and 3-pointer. Halftime came with the score 6-34 in Fairfield’s favor.
The second half was more balanced. Wilton’s coach turned up the pressure, having Dylan Smith (2 pts.) play Fairfield’s point guards tight, and the strategy paid off. The rest of the team raised their game, with Wilton working the ball around, making nice passes, and scoring 17 points in the half, producing a final of 23-58.
Wilton 7th Grade Boys Win Three Games
Wilton 7th Grade Boys’ Basketball team, sponsored by Ackerly and Ward, won three games this past weekend.
The team had a convincing victory over the Milford Indians, 70-30, in the opening game of the Bridgeport McGivney Center tournament on Saturday, Jan. 2. Wilton was led by Kyle Burns’ 13 points; Matt Gulbin’s 12 points (and 9 rebounds); Matt Murphy and Alex Cocoros, both scoring 11 points; and Chase Autore’s three assists.
Wilton immediately traveled to Bristol, where they won a closely contested and physical game against the Bristol Warriors, 41-38. Wilton was led by the scoring of Murphy and Comoros, both with 8 points; the rebounding of Michael Coffey (11 boards) and Autore (5 boards); and the passing of Trevor Martines (3 assists) and Owen Lillis (2 assists).
On Sunday night the 7th graders defeated New Milford, 75-42. After a closely contested first quarter, Wilton leveraged its size advantage to score many baskets from close range. Wilton was led by Gulbin’s 20 points (and 10 rebounds), Coffey’s 14 points (and 9 rebounds), and Murphy’s 4 blocked shots (and 8 points). Also leading the charge was Burns with 12 points, Jimmy McKiernan with 9 points and 3 assists, Mack Kepner with 8 points, Lillis with 2 points and 4 rebounds, and Martines’ 5 assists.
Wilton has a busy week ahead with its second McGivney tournament game on Thursday night and three FCBL league games next weekend.