Boys hoop: Wilton rallies to top Staples, 56-55

Jack Williams's three-pointer with 36 seconds to play capped a second-half comeback as the Wilton High boys basketball team edged Staples, 56-55, in the opening round of the Hoops for Heroes Tournament at Newtown High School.

The Warriors (2-1) will now face Kolbe Cathedral-Bridgeport in the championship game Wednesday (time to be announced) at Newtown High. Kolbe beat Newtown, 67-64, in double overtime in the other opening-round game Monday.

Wilton trailed by five points, 55-50, with under a minute to play. But Matt Kronenberg hit a three-pointer to get the Warriors within two points, and Williams connected on his go-ahead trey following two missed free throws by Staples.

The Wreckers (1-2) still had a chance to win, but a shot right before the final buzzer was no good.

Staples got off to a sizzling start, leading 14-3 after one quarter. The Wreckers stayed in front, 24-14, at halftime, but Wilton pulled to within 37-35 after three quarters.

Staples temporarily regained control, opening a 52-42 advantage midway through the final period. Poor free-throw shooting, however, prevented the Wreckers from closing out Wilton. Staples missed 12-of-27 foul shots during the game, including nine of 10 down the stretch.

Williams led Wilton with 17 points. Drew Connolly added 15 points and Kronenberg had 13 points. Sean Breslin (nine points) and James Maloney (two points) also scored for the Warriors.

Ben Casparius had a game-high 25 points for Staples. Fifteen of those points came via five three-pointers.