Boys hoop: Danbury takes down Wilton, 69-50

In a boys basketball season suffused with parity, the one team considered the frontrunner for the conference title visited Wilton on Monday night.

And showed exactly why.

Danbury came into the Zeoli Field House and played impressively, beating host Wilton, 69-50. It was the first home loss for the Warriors, who are now 8-4 overall and 5-3 in the FCIAC.

Danbury (10-1 overall, 7-1 FCIAC) scored the game's first five points and stayed ahead from there.

“We just didn’t come out and match their intensity tonight,” said Wilton head coach Joel Geriak. “Take nothing away from Danbury — they are a good team — but we didn’t give them our best effort tonight.

"Matt Kronenberg (13 first-half points) picked us up and kept us in the game in the first half and Jack Wood played aggressively off the boards," added Geriak. "But overall we didn’t box out under the boards as a team and we didn’t respond to their play. I told the kids after the game to go home and look in the mirror, and if you feel you didn’t give it your best effort tonight, think about it, clear your head, and get ready for our next game."

Danbury led 10-5 at the end of a low-scoring first quarter, and Wilton got no closer than five points the rest of the way. The Warriors were not able to get timely defensive stops or go on a scoring run.

Danbury also did an outstanding job of shutting down Wilton's leading scorer, Jack Williams, who was held to nine points. The Hatters frustrated Williams, who had a poor shooting night from the field.

Ahead 27-17, Danbury turned the ball over with 1.4 seconds left in the second quarter. After receiving the inbound pass, Matt Kronenberg was fouled as he started his shooting motion from beyond the arc and awarded three free throws, hitting two to pull the hosts within 27-19 at the break.

“We didn’t play with the level of energy we needed tonight," said Kronenberg. "Several things got in our heads and we let them affect our play. We didn’t execute our game plan, and when they shut down Jack (Williams) it slowed down our rhythm.”

Even though the Warriors were not sharp, they still trailed by just eight points, 44-36, at the end of the third quarter. But Wilton began the final period by giving up an easy layup on a defensive breakdown, and Danbury went on an 8-0 run to push its lead to 54-40. Despite two late three-pointers from Drew Connolly, the Warriors had no rally in them.

Notes: Numerous Wilton fouls sent the Hatters to the line 25 times in the second half alone. Danbury knocked down 17 free throws in the second half and was 24-of-37 for the game. Wilton, meanwhile, hit 10 of its 15 free throws.

Kronenberg led all scorers with 20 points. Connolly chipped in 18 points for the Warriors.

Danbury got balanced scoring from Scott Nesbitt (16 points) Tyren McCrea (15) and Marcus Fox (13).