Wilton defends Hoops for Heroes tourney title

For the second year in a row, the Wilton High boys basketball team is the champion of the Hoops for Heroes Holiday Tournament.

The Warriors used a strong second half on both ends of the court to come away with a 69-53 win over Kolbe Cathedral in the tournament's championship game Wednesday evening at Newtown High School.

“It’s always one of our pre-season goals to win this tournament and get the season off in the right direction,” said Wilton head coach Joel Geriak.

The Warriors were led by Jack Williams’s 21 points and five steals and Matt Kronenberg’s 19 points and eight rebounds.

Wilton got out to a quick 9-0 lead, but Kolbe erased that and went ahead 29-26 at halftime.

The Warriors then poured in 43 second-half points — while holding Kolbe to 24 points — to come away with the 16-point win and improve their record to 3-1.

Wilton's decisive run began with the game tied at 43-43 and 2:15 left in the third quarter. The Warriors then outscored Kolbe, 13-0, to take a 56-43 lead into the final eight minutes. The run included three-pointers from Williams and Drew Connolly and a conventional three-point play by Williams, who made a basket, was fouled, and hit the free throw.

In addition to Williams and Kronenberg, the Warriors got solid play from Connolly (18 points and five assists) and James Maloney (nine points and 11 rebounds).

Victor Billups led Kolbe (1-3) with 19 points.

Notes: Williams and Kronenberg were named to the All-Tournament team.

Wilton now has a week-plus break before hosting Bridgeport Central on Friday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Zeoli Field House.