Boys hoop: Connolly sparks Wilton past Trinity

After being ahead for most of the game, the Wilton High boys basketball team found itself trailing host Trinity Catholic, 47-42, with 3:03 left to play on Friday night in Stamford.

Cue junior guard Drew Connolly.

Connolly, who scored nine points down the stretch, put the Warriors in front to stay at 50-49 with 53 seconds remaining. Trinity turned the ball and was forced to foul, and Wilton freshman Nick Kronenberg knocked down both ends of a one-and-one to increase the Warriors' lead to 52-49 with 21.9 seconds left. Connolly then sealed Wilton's 54-49 victory by hitting two free throws with nine seconds remaining.

With their second straight triumph, the Warriors raised their record to 8-3 overall and 5-2 in the FCIAC.

Wilton led 13-11 after the first quarter, 26-21 at halftime, and 36-34 at the end of the third quarter. But the Crusaders opened the final period with a 13-6 run, creating the need for a Wilton comeback.

As he has most of the season, junior swingman Jack Williams led the Warriors with 14 points and seven rebounds. But each game, Williams seems to have a different partner in crime. On Tuesday against Ridgefield, it was junior point guard Matt Kronenberg; against St. Joseph it was senior forward James Maloney (20 points, 13 rebounds); and earlier in the year it was Nick Kronenberg, who drained five three-pointers in a win over Masuk.

On Friday night, it was Connolly, who came through in the clutch and finished with 10 points. Connolly's late-game heroics included hitting both a three-pointer and a two-pointer from the field and sinking all four of his free throws.

Notes: Maloney added 10 points for Wilton.

Trinity (6-5, 3-4 FCIAC) was led by Dimitry Moise, who a game-high 19 points.