WBA recap: Seventh grade boys win three
The following games were recently played by Wilton Basketball Association travel teams.
Boys 7th grade
The Wilton seventh grade boys basketball team, sponsored by Ackerly and Ward, won three games last weekend.
Wilton had a convincing victory over the Milford Indians, 70-30, in the opening game of the Bridgeport McGivney Center tournament. Kyle Burns scored 13 points, while Matt Gulbin contributed 12 points and nine rebounds, and Matt Murphy and Alex Cocoros each added 11 points. Chase Autore finished with three assists.
Wilton immediately traveled to Bristol, where it won a closely contested and physical game against the Bristol Warriors, 41-38. Wilton was led by the scoring of Murphy and Cocoros, both with eight points, the rebounding of Michael Coffey (11 boards) and Autore (five boards), and the passing of Trevor Martines (three assists) and Owen Lillis (two assists).
On Sunday night, Wilton defeated New Milford, 75-42. After a closely contested first quarter, Wilton leveraged its size advantage to score many baskets from close range. Wilton was led by Gulbin’s 20 points and 10 rebounds, Coffey’s 14 points and nine rebounds, and Murphy’s four blocked shots and eight points. Also helping were Burns with 12 points, Jimmy McKiernan with nine points and three assists, Mack Kepner with eight points, Lillis with two points and four rebounds, and Martines with five assists.
Wilton has a busy week ahead with its second McGivney tournament game on Thursday night and three FCBL league games this weekend.
Boys 6th grade
Wilton’s sixth grade boys travel team, sponsored by Pinocchio Pizza, continued its dominance within the FCBL Southern Division with a 50-25 win over Ridgefield last Saturday.
The game started with both offenses showing a bit of holiday season rust as Wilton led 6-2 late in the first quarter. However, as has been their strength all season, the Blue and White got back-to back three-pointers by Craig Hyzy (10 points) and Zarius Eusebe (nine points) to open a 12-2 lead through one period.
The reigning FCBL champs were able to hold off any pressure Ridgefield applied. Wilton's defense, led by Max Silva (six steals, two points), Parker Woodring (four steals, four points) and Dylan Mannix (two steals), kept the Ridgefield guards off balance all game, as the Warriors took a commanding 25-15 lead into the locker room.
In the third quarter, Wilton's depth wore down Ridgefield and extended the lead. Leaning on its strong defense, Wilton was efficient in offensive sets led in the paint by Max Andrews (10 points) and on the perimeter with Kevin Hyzy (seven points) and Matthew Giller (five points). Rebounding was stressed during halftime, and Grant Masterson and Jack Lynch delivered with five rebounds each.
With the win, Wilton improved its division record to 3-1 and its overall record 9-4.
Boys 5th/6th grade
TheWilton Boys fifth/sixth grade basketball team, sponsored by Tavern on 7, played a solid Fairfield team this Sunday, losing by a score of 58-23.
Wilton started a tall frontcourt of Connor Cummings (seven points, 10 rebounds, three blocks), Jimmy Luce (one point, two steals, five rebounds) and Ethan Jackson to counter Fairfield’s height. The backcourt of Sean Wiseman (two points) and Connor Lillis faced a tandem of lanky and quick point guards. In the second quarter, Jefferson Mitchell (two points), AJ Preisano, Shane Taubin, Colin Tsai and Andrew Zizzadoro (nine points) worked the ball around, producing a jump shot and a three-pointer.
Halftime came with the score 34-6 in Fairfield’s favor. The second half was more balanced. Wilton turned up the pressure, having Dylan Smith (two points) play Fairfield’s point guards tight, and the strategy paid off. The rest of the team raised their game, with Wilton working the ball around, making nice passes, and scoring 17 points in the second half.