Boys hoop: Geriak, Wilton get first win

First-year Wilton High boys basketball head coach Joel Geriak picked up his first win with the Warriors at the expense of the man he replaced, Tim Tallcouch.

Geriak's Wilton team defeated Tallcouch's Newtown squad, 62-52, on Thursday night in a holiday tournament game hosted by Wilton.

Tallcouch, who teaches in Newtown, resigned as Wilton coach following last season in order to become Newtown's head coach.

It was the first victory of the season for the Warriors, who are now 1-3.

Both teams got off to slow starts, but once Wilton scored the first two baskets for a 4-0 lead it stayed ahead the entire game.

Wilton had a 9-4 lead after one quarter and increased the advantage to 25-18 by halftime.

Junior Eric Houska scored 12 of his game-high 20 points in the third quarter to Wilton a 44-31 lead at the end of three.

The Nighthawks put forth a good effort in the fourth quarter but could get within only eight points as the Warriors closed out the win.

Wilton got 12 points from Chris Curtis and 11 from Matt Shifrin.

“It’s a great confidence builder to get your first win of the season and get the monkey off my back," said Geriak.

Wilton will now face Kolbe Cathedral tomorrow at 7 in the final game of the four-team holiday tournament.

Notes: Wilton honored the Newtown community with a moment of silence for those killed in the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Donations were collected at the door, and the Wilton players and coach all wore green sneakers