Wilton boys hoop team third at Florida tourney
Winning two of three games, the Wilton High boys basketball team finished third in its division at the KSA Events Holiday Tournament (Dec. 27-29) in Orlando, Fla.
Competing in the eight-team Gray Bracket, the Warriors opened with a 51-34 victory over North Royalton (Ohio) last Thursday. Wilton then lost to Morgantown (WV), 56-51, on Friday before beating Langley (Va), 53-44, in the third-place game on Saturday.
In its tourney opener, Wilton outscored North Royalton, 33-10, over the second and third quarters to take a commanding 43-17 lead going into the final eight minutes.
Nick Kronenberg led Wilton’s balanced scoring with 13 points, hitting six-of-eight shots from the field.
Ryan Schriber added 10 points for the Warriors, who also received eight points from Ryan Biberon, seven points from Zayvion Eusebe, five points from John Walsh, and four points apiece from Andrew Smith and Kyle Hyzy.
Biberon had a team-high eight rebounds, with Smith and Hyzy each grabbing seven rebounds.
Hyzy added a team-best four assists and had three steals to match teammate Tucker Walden.
Against Morgantown, Wilton took a 41-36 lead into the fourth quarter. But Morgantown outscored the Warriors, 20-10, in the final eight minutes to come away with a victory and advance to the championship game in the Gray Bracket.
Kronenberg and Biberon (seven-of-nine from the foul line) each scored 11 points to lead Wilton. Smith also reached double figures, hitting three-of-five three-point attempts and finishing with 10 points.
Hyzy and Walden each contributed six points, while Schriber (three), Reilly Bingaman (two), and Eusebe (two) rounded out the scoring.
Biberon collected seven rebounds and Hyzy had six rebounds in addition to a team-best three assists.
Walden led the Warriors with three steals.
Notes:Kronenberg led the way with 11 points in the win over Langley. No other stats were available as of press time.
Wilton (4-1) will resume its conference play with a home game against Westhill this Thursday (Jan. 3) at 7 p.m.