Boys basketball: Wilton routs Abbott Tech on Senior Night

The Wilton Boys Basketball Team came away on Senior Night with an easy win against Abbott Tech of Danbury, 74-25, Thursday night at the Zeoli Fieldhouse.

Six seniors were honored in the pre-game ceremony.

Senior Matt Olsen, a reserve, got the nod to start in the game, along with four other seniors. Olsen wasted no time, putting points in the scorer’s book with a putback basket from his own rebound early in the game. Olsen finished the night with nine points.

With the game tied at 2-2 in the first quarter, the Warriors went on a 15-0 to open a 17-2 lead. Wilton led 25-6 at the end of the period.

With the Warriors having a big lead, head coach Joel Geriak starting rotating in the entire non-starting players in the second quarter. All 16 Warriors saw playing time in the game, with nine recording points in the first half and 11 players in the stat book with points in the game.

“I’m very happy for the seniors on this team. They all work hard and it was great to get them some playing time,” said Geriak. “It’s great they came away with a win, but we need to move on and get focused on our final two conference games to qualify for the FCIAC playoffs.”

Wilton is currently holding down the eighth and final spot for the FCIAC tournament. With their record of 9-5, the Warriors are tied with Trumbull with the same record, but Wilton holds the tiebreaker since the Warriors beat Trumbull.  Both teams have two conference games to be played next week.

The Warriors’ offensive performance slowed in the second quarter as Geriak made wholesale lineup changes in the period. Wilton took a 34-14 lead into halftime.

Wilton outscored Abbott tech 17-7 in the third quarter, giving the home team a 30-point lead, 51-21, after three.

The fourth quarter saw the Warriors outscore their opponent, pouring in 23 points to three for Abbott Tech.

But the story of the fourth quarter was that Geriak had the opportunity to take out each senior to a round of applause from the home crowd. First to exit was Olsen, followed by Robbie Herman, Kyle Shifrin, Kyle Maatallah, Antonio Brancato and Scott Cunningham.

“It was great tonight to reflect on our high school basketball career and that was special,” said Maatallah. “It was good to see that a lot of guys got to play tonight. They work hard in practice and it was great to share Senior Night with them. We played as a team, sharing the ball. But we need turn our focus and to lock into our game with Stamford on Monday to get into the FCIAC playoffs.”

Cunningham led the Warriors with 16 points, with four 3-pointers, followed by Maatallah with 10 points, and Brancato, Nick Kronenberg, and Olsen with nine points apiece.

Ryan Schriber, Kyle Hyzy, Zach Pozzi, Zayvion Eusebe and Robbie Herman all knocked down 3-pointers.