Boys hoop: Defense leads Wilton past Greenwich, 55-51

Benefiting from a strong defensive effort, the Wilton High boys basketball team registered a 55-51 road victory over Greenwich on Tuesday night.

It was the fifth straight win for the Warriors, who are now 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the FCIAC.

Wilton head coach Joel Geriak deployed man-to-man coverage on Greenwich’s leading scorer, Conor Harkins, with Jack Wood and Michael Brown getting the defensive assignment. Harkins came into the game averaging 23.2 points per game, but Wood and Brown combined to hold Harkins to just two points — both on free throws.

“We have to rely on solid defensive play to make up for our lack of size to be competitive,” said Geriak. “We gave Brown and Wood the job of covering their top scorer and I couldn’t have asked for a better performance.”

Greenwich (3-3) was ahead 13-10 at the end of the first quarter, but the Warriors had a 26-24 lead at the half. The game was tied at 36-36 at the end of the third quarter.

Greenwich opened the final quarter with a 6-0 run to go ahead 42-36. But when James Maloney scored on two put-back baskets, Wilton had the lead for good at 48-44 with 3:07 left in the game. Drew Connolly then hit several key free throws late in the game to ice it for Wilton.

Captain Jack Williams led the way for the Warriors with 14 points and seven rebounds. Matt Kronenberg and Brown each chipped in with 11 points, while Maloney added 10 points and eight rebounds and Connolly and Sean Breslin had eight points apiece.

Mike Gianopoulas led the Cardinals with 18 points and Robert Clack added 11 points.