Pouring in a season-high point total and playing shutdown defense, the Wilton High boys basketball team routed Westhill, 83-45, on Thursday night at the Zeoli Fieldhouse.
While Wilton head coach Joel Geriak was pleased with his team’s performance on both ends of the floor, he was particularly happy about the defensive effort.
“Westhill has several players who can knock down the outside shots, so our game plan was to come out in a 3-2 zone defense to contest those shots and slow their ball movement and we got good results,” Geriak said. “We then switched it up to a 1-3-1 [zone] and man-to-man defense to show them different looks and that didn’t allow them to get in a rhythm on offense.”
The Warriors, who improved their record to 5-1 with the win, never trailed in the contest — Andrew Smith and Tucker Walden drained three-pointers to open the scoring and the hosts dominated the rest of the way.
Senior captain Ryan Schriber came off the bench to lead Wilton with 20 points, knocking down four three-pointers from the same spot on the floor.
“This is a great statement win for us with a team effort,” Schriber said.“We knew the defense they were going to run at us from watching tape; we just were determined to be successful. They also changed up their defense to man to man, but we still were able to have success against that. We also were able to push the ball up the court, which didn’t allow them to set their defense.”
Wilton hit five of its 10 three-pointers in the first quarter to lead 19-10 after the opening eight minutes. Ahead 27-17 with 3:20 left in the second quarter, the Warriors went on a 10-0 run and led 40-23 at halftime.
Wilton increased its lead to 58-37 through three quarters and then remained hot in the the final period, outscoring Westhill, 25-8, to complete 37-point triumph. Geriak removed his starters midway into the fourth quarter.
In addition to Schriber’s 20 points, Wilton got 11 points from Ryan Biberon, 10 points apiece from Nick Kronenburg and Walden, and eight points from Smith.
Eli Stockman scored 13 points to lead Westhill, which is now 3-3 this season.