Coming off its best season in more than a decade, the Wilton High boys basketball team opens its 2012-13 season hoping to carry last year\u2019s momentum forward. The Warriors finished 11-11 a year ago, earning a state playoff berth for the first time in 12 years. It was a remarkable turnaround for a team that had only won two games the prior season. Despite losing several key players from last year\u2019s team, along with head coach Tim Tallcouch, Wilton returns three of its top-five scorers and brings back a legacy of success. \u201cThe confidence is there. They learned how to win last year,\u201d said new head coach Joel Geriak. \u201cThe goal is to build on last year\u2019s success and take it a little bit further.\u201d Geriak was last year\u2019s assistant coach under Tallcouch (who is now the head coach at Newtown High School), so he is familiar with the players and everybody knows the system. That system, which Geriak helped install last season, puts the emphasis on dribbling and driving to the basket, and playing an uptempo style. It is well-suited to Wilton\u2019s personnel, as the Warriors are a guard-heavy team that will need to beat opponents with quickness and outside shooting. \u201cWe don\u2019t have much height,\u201d said Geriak. \u201cWe have some shooters, and we have guards.\u201d All told, nine of Wilton\u2019s 12 players are guards \u2014 or can play guard. The big losses from last year are All-FCIAC East forward Chris Nugent, who led the Warriors in both scoring (15.5) and rebounding (10.3), and was second in three-pointers (16), and point guard Ian Ross (8.5 points and 2.2 assists per game, team-high 21 three-pointers), along with guard Sean Carroll. This year\u2019s team will be led by its four senior captains: Weston Wilbur, Max Maudsley, Olondi LeGrand and Chris Curtis. Wilbur, a 6\u20194\u201d shooting guard, was the second on the team in scoring (10.9 ppg), rebounding (6.4 rpg) and assists (2.1 apg) last season. He was third on the team in three-pointers with 15. Maudsley, a 5\u201911\u201d guard who averaged 6.3 points and 1.7 assists per game last year, was the team\u2019s fourth-leading scorer. LeGrand, 6\u20192\u201d forward, averaged 2.7 points per game last year, while Curtis, a 6\u20191\u201d swingman, averaged 1.0 points per game. The junior class is led by 5\u201911\u201d guard Eric Houska, who was fifth in scoring last year (5.9 ppg) and fourth in three-pointers (13). The other returning varsity player is 5\u201910\u201d sophomore guard Matt Shifrin, who averaged three points per game last season and had nine three-pointers. Newcomers are 6\u20190\u201d senior guard John Prinner, 6\u20195\u201d junior forward Zack Laurinaitis, 6\u20197\u201d junior center Peter Ciaccio, 5\u201910\u201d junior guard Justin Shepard, 5\u20198\u201d sophomore guard Richie Williams, and 5\u201910\u201d sophomore guard Scott Shouvlin. Geriak said any number of players can step up on a particular night and score in double figures, and the Warriors would go with \u201cwhoever has the hot hand that night.\u201d Shooting will be key to opening up opposing defenses, and fortunately the Warriors have no shortage of outside shooters. \u201cEverybody\u2019s a three-point threat, except for Zack and Peter and Olondi. Everybody else will have the green light for a good shot,\u201d said Geriak. The uptempo style of play will require the Warriors to play \u201cunder control, but fast,\u201d and they will have to try to achieve that balance as they prepare for the season opener Wednesday night at home against Westhill. \u201cIt\u2019s not an easy step, but we\u2019re getting there,\u201d Geriak said.