Boys hoop: Wilton beats Westhill, clinches FCIAC berth
The Wilton boys basketball team clinched a berth in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference playoffs — and set a program record — by beating Westhill, 63-54, on Monday night in Stamford.
The Warriors improved to 12-7 overall and 9-6 in the conference heading into Wednesday's regular-season finale at home (7 p.m.) against Norwalk. After Monday's games, Wilton is fifth in the FCIAC's overall standings and has secured a spot in Saturday's conference quarterfinals based on tiebreakers (see updated playoff race standings below).
It marks the first time in program history that the Warriors have qualified for the FCIAC playoffs in four consecutive seasons.
On Monday night, Wilton held a slim 28-27 lead over Westhill at halftime. The Warriors then outscored Westhill, 18-12, in the third quarter to open a 46-39 lead going into the final eight minutes.
The Vikings got as close as four points in the fourth quarter, but Wilton made its free throws to stay ahead.
Drew Connolly poured in 23 points to pace the Warriors. Connolly hit three three-pointers and sank four-of-five free throws.
Matt Kronenberg added 19 points and Jack Williams had 15 points for the Warriors. James Maloney and Michael Brown each contributed three points to round out the scoring.
Tyrell Alexander led Westhill (12-7, 9-6 FCIAC) with 14 points.
FCIAC Playoff Race through Monday's games (*clinched playoff spot)
|West Division||League Record||Tiebreaker|
|5. Wilton*||9-6||Wilt. def. WH and Rfd|
|6. Westhill||9-6||WH def. Rfd|
|8T. Ludlowe||8-7||Ludlowe vs. McMahon, 2/24|
|10. Greenwich||8-7||Grn. lost to Lud. & BM|
Ludlowe at McMahon, 7 p.m.
Ridgefield at Stamford, 7 p.m.
Darien at Trumbull, 7 p.m.
New Canaan at Greenwich, 7 p.m.
Staples at Danbury, 7 p.m.
St. Joseph at Trinity Catholic, 7 p.m.
Westhill at Central, 7 p.m.
Norwalk at Wilton, 7 p.m.