Boys hoops: WHS hangs on for 53-51 win
The Wilton High boys basketball team rebounded from its loss at Fairfield Warde last Thursday to hold on for a 53-51 win on Tuesday night at Darien High School.
The Warriors (7-3; 5-2 FCIAC) had a 14-point lead with under four minutes left, but the Blue Wave outscored Wilton 12-0 over the final 3:16.
Darien had two trips to tie or win the game — including two inside shots right before the final buzzer — but couldn’t convert.
“It’s an FCIAC win on the road. That’s what it is. I mean, you win on the road, I don’t care what the score is,” said head coach Joel Geriak. “It’s ugly but it’s a win and it gets you set up for your next game. There’s no easy games in this league.”
Wilton closed the first quarter on a 12-0 run to take a 16-10 lead on 3-pointers by Kyle Maatallah, Nick Kronenberg and Scott Cunningham. The second of Cunningham’s two 3-pointers came from just inside the halfcourt line as time expired.
In the second quarter, Darien brought the deficit to 23-20 before Wilton ended the half on a 7-2 run thanks to 3-pointers by Maatallah and Kyle Hyzy, both set up by Antonio Brancato, and a free throw by Hyzy. At the break, Wilton held a 30-22 advantage.
The Warriors opened the fourth quarter on a 10-5 run to take a 53-39 lead. The Blue Wave scored 12 unanswered points to cut the lead to two with 48 seconds left.
Wilton was led by Maatallah’s 15 points. Kronenberg hit for 11 points and Cunningham had 10, while Kyle Shifrin had a big fourth quarter and finished with eight points. Rounding out the scoring were Kyzy (four points), Ryan Schriber (three points) and Brancato and Robbie Hermann with one point each.
The Warriors hit 10 3-pointers, led by Maatallah and Kronenberg with three each. Cunningham had two treys and Hyzy and Schriber each had one.
In last Thursday’s game at Fairfield Warde, the Warriors came out cold, fell into an early hole, and couldn’t climb back against a hot-shooting Mustang squad in a 75-38 loss.
Warde (7-2; 6-0 FCIAC) led 22-8 after one quarter and 34-20 at the half, before blowing things open in the third quarter to build a 62-41 lead. The Mustangs hit 14 3-pointers.
Wilton had one of its worst shooting nights of the season, hitting only 32% of its shots.
Cunningham was the only Warrior in double figures with 23 points, including five 3-pointers, along with seven rebounds and two steals. Maatallah finished with nine points and two assists, while Tucker Walden, Brancato and Ryan Biberon added four points each.
Rounding out the scoring were Kronenberg (five points), Schriber (three points), Hyzy (four points, five rebounds, two steals), Brancato (four points), Kyle Shifrin (two points, four rebounds) and Zayvion Eusebe (one point). Walden also had two steals.
Walden, Schriber and Kronenberg had one 3-pointer each.
Rounding out the effort were Kyle Phillips ( three rebounds, two steals) and Hermann (two rebounds, three steals).
Shawn Sailer contributed to this story.