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Wilton boys hoop team tops New Canaan

The Wilton High boys basketball ended an impressive regular season with a 70-52 victory over New Canaan on Senior Night Wednesday evening at the Zeoli Field House.

The win was the fourth straight for the Warriors, who improved to 13-7 overall.

Wilton’s triumph, coupled with a loss for Staples, boosted the Warriors to the seventh seed for the upcoming FCIAC playoffs., which begin Saturday.Wilton could move up to the sixth seed with a Norwalk loss Thursday night.

Wednesday night’s game was a testament of just how far the Wilton boys basketball program has come in a short period since the Warriors didn’t need a win to qualify for either the state or FCIAC tournaments.

The contest got off to a slow start, with the score tied 10-10 after the Rams got a basket just as time expired in the first quarter. Action picked up in the second quarter, with both teams putting it up from downtown. During a stretch in the quarter the teams combined for four consecutive three-pointers. The two teams combined for eight three-pointers in the first half.

Wilton carried a 31-28 lead into the break, and then used the third quarter to put some distance on the Rams and build a double-digit led. The Warriors were up 54-39 after three.

The home team opened the fourth quarter with an 11-3 run that allowed Wilton head coach Joel Geriak to take his seniors off the court, one by one, to a standing ovation from the fans. Those seniors (Johnny Prinner, Olandi LeGrand, Max Maudsley, Chris Curtis, and Weston Wilbur) were honored before the game.

“I was excited about playing in tonight’s game,” said LeGrand. “We worked hard in the offseason to prepare for the season. Last year’s results helped us build for this year. We had to mentally prepare to do what we knew we could do.”

Matt Shifrin led the Warriors with 15 points, hitting three three-pointers. Wilbur and Maudsley had 13 points each, and LeGrand added 10 points. Henry Lavieri of New Canaan led all scorers with 16 points.

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