Wilton boys hoop team wins state opener in OT

Playing before one of the largest crowds in recent memory at the Zeoli Field House, the Wilton High boys basketball team gave its fans a game to remember.

The Warriors scored 21 points in overtime to beat Wethersfield, 74-64, in a Class L state tournament first-round game Tuesday night.

Wilton, the 10th seed, will now play seventh-seed Maloney on Thursday at 7 in Meriden. Maloney defeated 26th-seed Bristol Eastern, 58-48, in another first-round contest Tuesday.

Wethersfield led 25-23 at halftime and 38-37 after three quarters. Wilton (15-8) took its first lead at 46-44 when Olandi LeGrand hit two free throws with 4:13 to play in the final quarter.

Trailing by two points, Wethersfield tied the score at 53-53 on a short jump shot with three seconds left to send the game into overtime.

Wilton then took over, opening the extra session on a 10-3 run. The Warriors' final nine points came on free throws as the hosts went 9-for-10 from the line in the final minutes of OT.

Wilton's balanced scoring included five players in double figures. Eric Houska led the way with 21 points while Max Maudsley had 16, Weston Wilbur 14, LeGrand 11 and Matt Shifrin 10.

The Warriors committed just five turnovers in the game, compared to 17 for Wethersfield.

Ryan Peterson scored a game-high 27 points for Wethersfield (10-11).