The Wilton High boys basketball team wasn’t going to let the Trinity Catholic Crusaders come into their gym and push them around like they did in last year’s state tournament. Instead, the Warriors went toe-to-toe with the Crusaders on Tuesday night at the Zeoli Field House and were a turnover or two away from taking down the conference powerhouse.
Trinity emerged with a 70-65 victory in a game that showed how far Wilton has progressed this season. The Crusaders improved to 16-1 overall while Wilton fell to 9-7 overall and 7-7 in the FCIAC.
Wilton got off to a good start, but a 12-2 run by the visitors put them in front. However, the Warriors battled back to tie the game at 15-15 at the end of one.
The game was full of wide-open play in the second quarter, but neither team could go ahead by more than three points, as the half ended with the Crusaders up 31-29.
The third quarter was a period of runs. The Crusaders opened the period with a 9-0 run to go up by 11, 40-29. Wilton came right back with a 10-2 run of its own to cut the lead to three, 42-39. Trinity then went on a 7-0 run, and then it was the Warriors’ turn with a 6-0 run. The third quarter ended with Trinity ahead, 52-45.
Wilton closed within one at 55-54 when Matt Shifrin buried his second of three three-pointers in the quarter. But Trinity pulled away with less than a minute to play to preserve the win.
Weston Wilbur had a game-high 25 points for the Warriors, followed by Eric Houska with 15 points and Shifrin with 12 points.
Trinity’s big three combined for 63 of the team’s 70 points. Tremaine Frasier led the way with 22 points while Schadrac Casimir had 21 points and Brandon Wheeler finished with 20 points.