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Boys hoop: Free throws help Wilton edge Stamford

The Wilton High boys basketball team went to the foul line 34 times, making 23 of those attempts, to come away with an action-packed 66-63 win over Stamford on Tuesday night at the Zeoli Field House.

Two free throws with 7.7 seconds left to play put the Warriors ahead by three points. The Black Knights came down the court and had their three-point try to tie the game blocked by Weston Wilbur, sealing the win for Wilton, which improved to 6-5 overall.

The game was tied at 13-13 after one quarter, but Stamford opened the second quarter with a 10-2 run to take a 23-15 lead midway through the period.

Wilton head coach Joel Geriak changed his defensive set and the Warriors also got things going offensively to close the period with a huge 17-5 run for a 32-28 halftime lead. The Warriors were also helped by 18 Stamford turnovers in the first half to six for Wilton.

Wilton carried a 50-45 lead into the final quarter but couldn’t put their opponent away, and Stamford fought back to tie the game at 57-57 with 2:22 to play. The Warriors’ final nine points came from the foul line, as they hit nine of 10 free throws, with Max Maudsley putting in five of six and Matt Shifrin making the last two. Maudsley went to the line 16 times in the contest, sinking 11.

Stamford’s Evans Antoine hit seven treys to keep his team in the game and finished with a game-high 26 points. Maudsley led Wilton with 21 points and Eric Houska put in 17 points. Wilbur had 14 points.

Note: Wilton’s next game has been moved to Thursday night at 7 against Norwalk due weather concerns.

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