A 10-0 run to open the fourth quarter was just a sign of the dominance to come from the Wilton High boys basketball team Wednesday night. The Warriors went on to outscore St. Joseph, 22-5, in the final eight minutes to break open what was a close game and\u00a0defeat the Cadets, 67-50, at the Zeoli\u00a0Field House. Wilton's fourth-quarter onslaught made it easy to forget the score was tied 45-45 after three quarters. The Warriors (9-4) did start\u00a0the game with an 11-0 run and were\u00a0ahead 19-8 after the first period. All five of Wilton\u2019s starters scored in the opening\u00a0quarter. When Wilton\u2019s lead grew to 17 points early in the second quarter (27-10), it looked as though\u00a0the home team would cruise to victory over the struggling\u00a0Cadets. But the combination of \u00a0Wilton's\u00a0drop in intensity, which gave\u00a0the visitors open shots, and the Cadets getting hot from behind the three-point line\u00a0trimmed the Warriors' lead to 32-29 at halftime. St. Joseph (2-11) closed the first half with a 19-5 run, led by\u00a0three-point shooting from Aaron Sells. The Cadets drained five three-pointers during the spurt. St. Joseph connected for two baskets to start the second half and take\u00a0its first lead of the night\u00a0at 33-32. A Tyshon Williams basket then upped the Cadets' lead to 35-32. But on the next trip down the floor, Wilton's Matt Shifrin hit a bucket\u00a0and was fouled. Shifrin tied the score at 35-35 by\u00a0making his free throw\u00a0with 6:10 to play in the third. The Cadets got the lead back to four at 41-37, but consecutive\u00a0three-pointers by Richie Williams and Shifrin put\u00a0Wilton ahead\u00a043-41 with 1:20 left in the third period. \u201cI told the team at halftime that you can\u2019t give your opponent hope by letting up on your game. It gives them the belief that you\u2019re beatable and that they can win the game..." said\u00a0Wilton head coach Joel Geriak.\u201cWe started taking some poor shots, left their three-pointer shooters open on the wing, and we didn\u2019t crash the boards for rebounds.\u00a0But give the kids credit; they buckled down and started to attack the basket in the fourth quarter and pulled away for the win." Shifrin opened the fourth quarter with another three-pointer, followed by a basket down low and off the glass by Lucas Savoie as the Warriors began their decisive push. Shifrin scored nine points in the fourth quarter and Scott Shouvlin had six points on\u00a0a\u00a0pair of three-pointers. Shifrin finished with a game-high 26 points, including nine baskets from close range. Shifrin scored several times driving the lane, as he saw an opening and got past his defender.\u00a0He\u00a0also scored off of steals that resulted in fast-break baskets, protecting\u00a0the ball nicely\u00a0for layups. \u201cYeah, we kind of got a little happy in the second quarter and we took our foot off the gas,\u201d said Shifrin. \u201cThere are eight seniors on this team and we looked at each other and said we've got to refocus and come away with the win. "We had lost three of our last four games coming into tonight, so we wanted to get a win and put those losses behind us," added Shifrin. "We know going forward that we need to keep winning to make it into the (FCIAC) post-season.\u201d In addition to Shifrin\u2019s 26 points, Richie Williams finished\u00a0with 10 points, Shouvlin had nine points, Savoie had eight points, and Michael Bingaman added seven points.