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Wilton boys hoop team wins holiday tourney

The Wilton High boys basketball squad picked up its second win in as many nights to capture its own tournament Friday night at the Zeoli Field House.

The Warriors won the Wilton Holiday Tournament with a convincing 66-53 victory over previously unbeaten Kolbe Cathedral of Bridgeport. The Cougars (4-1) are coached by former UConn star Chris Smith.

Wilton (2-3) came out and attacked the rim and built a 21-10 lead by the end of the first quarter. The Warriors, using crisp passing and good ball movement, continued going to the hoop and went on a 15-1 run to take a commanding 25-point lead at 36-11 with just over a minute left in the first half.

Kolbe cut the lead to 36-15 with two baskets in the final minute.

With the Warriors up 40-17 in the third, Kolbe went on a 12-0 run to whittle away at the home team’s lead. The Cougars got as close as 45-35, but Wilton hit two baskets to take a 49-35 lead into the final quarter.

Wilton opened the fourth with a 7-2 run, on three baskets by Matt Shifrin, to extend its lead to 19 points, which proved too much for the visitors to overcome.

The Warriors had four players in double figures led by Weston Wilbur, who poured in a game-high 18 points. Olandi LeGrand, who had a double-double in the first half, finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Shifrin added 11 points and Eric Houska had 10.

In the consolation game, the Newtown Nighthawks came away with a thrilling 58-57 victory over University of Hartford, giving former Wilton head coach Tim Tallcouch his first win of the season for his new team.

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