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Games recently played by Wilton Basketball Association travel basketball teams.

Boys Travel

8th grade

Wilton ends regular season with split

The Wilton eighth grade boys basketball team, sponsored by Pain and Spine Specialists of Connecticut, closed its regular season with two tough home games last weekend.

On Saturday, Wilton fell to the Greenwich Flame, 56-43. Behind a balanced attack led by Andrew Smith (13 points), Kyle Hyzy (nine points, nine rebounds), John Walsh (six points), and Patrick Cummins (six points), Wilton led 15-14 after one quarter. The great play continued in the second quarter as Wilton stepped up defensively, led by Tucker Walden (four steals), Reilly Sullivan (two points, two steals) and Parker Ward (three rebounds), to go ahead 29-28 at halftime. But playing without the injured Drew Phillips, Wilton struggled in the second half. Lewis Cropper (three points) and Noah Levi (two points, five rebounds) helped keep things close before the Flame pulled away late.

On Sunday, Wilton was able to put together a solid effort for all four quarters and beat Westport, 50-39 victory. Led once again by the excellent shooting of Andrew Smith (11 points), Tucker Walden (10 points), Parker Ward (six points) and John Walsh (eight points), the Warriors jumped out to a 38-30 lead at halftime. Kyle Hyzy (two points, six rebounds), Lewis Cropper (six points), Noah Levi (four points, six rebounds, three blocks) and Reilly Sullivan (four steals) helped the Warriors pull away in the second half.

7th/8th grade

Split for Wilton

The Wilton seventh/eighth grade boys team, sponsored by Good Morning Wilton, finished the regular season on Saturday with a double-header against two non-divisional opponents.

The first game against the Redding eighth grade A team was a foul-plagued, hard-fought contest. Led by Maden Herve (14 points, six rebounds, six blocks) and Ben Wiener (seven points, two assists), Wilton stayed close throughout, getting tough defense from Niko Kouvaris, Sean Sullivan and Jermaine Vincent. In the end, though, Redding’s size overmatched Wilton’s tenacity, and Redding registered a 57-45 triumph.

Game  two against a visiting Milford team was a different story. Paced by Herve’s 15 points and eight rebounds and outside shooting from John McMahon (eight points) and Andrew Travers (six points), Wilton came away with a 49-38 victory. Josh White added three points and Ryan Kaufmann had four points as Wilton took a commanding double-digit lead by halftime. Wiener was again a master at distributing the ball, finishing with six assists. EJ Fasano was a defensive intimidator in the middle, and Wilton benefited from baskets by Sam Strazza (three points) and Davis Cote (three points).

7th grade

Wilton keeps rolling, wins twice

The Wilton seventh grade boys basketball team, sponsored by Ackerly and Ward, won a pair of non-league games last weekend.

On Saturday, Wilton defeated Weston, 46-17, in a game that featured a dominating defensive performance and balanced scoring. Wilton played a stifling two-three-zone defense that propelled the team to a 32-3 halftime lead. Wilton’s offense was led by Alex Cocoros’ 11 points, Matt Gulbin’s nine points, Michael Coffey’s six points and eight rebounds, Kyle Burns’ five points, Chase Autore’s four points and four rebounds, Jimmy McKiernan’s four points, Matt Murphy’s three points, Owen Lillis’ two points, and Mack Kepner’s two points.

On Sunday, Wilton again had nine of 10 players score in a 74-45 win over Ridgefield. Wilton was led by strong performances from Trevor Martines (13 points, three assists, four rebounds), Burns (12 points), Murphy (10 points, eight rebounds, two blocked shots), and McKiernan (nine points). Scoring contributions also came from Gulbin with nine points, Coffey with eight points, Cocoros with five points, Kepner with four points, and Lillis with four points.

5th/6th grade

Split for Wilton

The Wilton boys fifth/sixth grade team, sponsored by Tavern on 7, lost to a strong Monroe team, 66-43, last Saturday. Wilton’s Connor Cummings, Ethan Jackson, Jimmy Luce and Dylan Smith had their hands full all game, working hard down low, but Monroe was tall and quick inside and led 34-18 at halftime. Wilton’s backcourt of Sean Wiseman, James Minnich, Andrew Zizzadoro, Colin Tsai and Shane Taubin worked the ball around against Monroe’s intense pressure to produce more scoring opportunities as the game progressed. Conor Lillis came on strong in the second half to lead all Wilton scorers with 14 points, while swingmen Jefferson Mitchell and AJ Preisano kept the ball moving.

On Sunday, Wilton defeated Stamford, 43-22. Wilton took an early lead and maintained it, hitting the locker room ahead 24-7 at halftime. Cummings led all scorers with eight points and four rebounds at the half, with a couple of baskets on great assists by Zizzadoro and Lillis. Wilton continued its dominance in the second half with field goals from Minnich, Mitchell and Taubin and a three-pointer from the corner by Jackson. Fierce rebounding by Preisano, Luce and Smith held Stamford to only three baskets in the third quarter. Tsai and Wiseman added a couple of buckets in the fourth quarter as Wilton eased off the gas and cruised to the win.

6th Grade

Wilton wins two games

The Wilton sixth grade boys team, sponsored by Pinocchio Pizza, finished its regular season with two non–league wins. In the first game of the weekend, Wilton beat Darien, 52-40. Wilton was led by Max Andrews with 11 points and 11 rebounds and Matt Giller with 10 points. Craig Hyzy and Kevin Hyzy each added eight points, while Jack Lynch and Parker Woodring both added four points and Mannix had three points. The team played great defense, led by Zarius Eusebe (four rebounds). Grant Masterson and Max Silva each added two points to round out the scoring.

In the second game, Wilton travelled to East Hartford and won, 45-30. Wilton’s top scorers were Lynch with 10 points, Woodring with nine points and Craig Hyzy with eight points. Giller added five points, Andrews four points, Silva three points, Masterson two points, and Kevin Hyzy two points.

5th Grade

Wilton beats Danbury, avenges earlier loss

In a much anticipated rematch, the Wilton fifth grade boys team, sponsored by Abercrombie Burns McKiernan & Co. Insurance, got revenge for an earlier loss by beating Danbury, 50-40. Leading the way offensively were Ryan Preisano and Tommy Walsh with nine points apiece, while Tommie McKiernan added eight points along with a game-high five assists. The team’s strong defensive showing (15 steals and 29 rebounds) was led by Peter Grandolfo, Jackson Duncan, Griffin Turner, Alexander Reyes, and Preisano, who limited the Hatters’ scoring opportunities. The biggest key was Wilton’s consistent ability to break Danbury’s full-court press and convert several fast breaks, as well as a picture-perfect steal and coast-to-coast layup by Will Sullivan. Spencer Liston’s hustle and heads-up play created key second-chance baskets, and Andre Wiest’s tireless battle in the paint resulted in three steals, three boards, and four points.

Girls Travel

7th Grade

Wilton wins one of two

The Wilton girls seventh grade travel team, sponsored by Joyride, split two games last weekend. Saturday’s game in Ridgefield against St. Mary’s was an aggressive contest from the start. Christina O’Sullivan led Wilton with 12 points, while Riley Eaton posted seven points, several rebounds and a few steals. Mairead Kehoe and MaryGrace DelliSanti aided with their ball-handling skills, while Eleanor Green and Alexis Castaldi put forth a strong defensive front. Meghan Koziolkowski and Lily Umphred each added two points, and Lily Umphred and Callie Judelson pulled down numerous rebounds. Judelson also hit a foul shot in Wilton’s 29-25 loss.

On Sunday, Wilton edged the New Milford Blue team, 29-27. Eaton led the team with nine points and double-digit rebounds, followed by Umphred with eight points and numerous rebounds. Castaldi and Judelson played aggressive defense with rebounding and steals.  Green added two points and a couple of rebounds, and Koziolkowsky aided Wilton with skilled ball-handling against a tough New Milford defense. DelliSanti had four points, and O’Sullivan sank four key free throws and another bucket in the Wilton victory.

6th Grade

Wilton drops regular-season finales

The Wilton sixth grade girls travel team, sponsored by Servco Oil, found itself on the short end of the stick in its last two regular-season games. On Saturday, Wilton played Ridgefield in a competitive game, with Ridgefield pulling out a six-point victory. Key baskets by Amelia Hughes, Ellie Coffey and Morgan Lebek kept Wilton in the game. Ellie Copley, Erynn Floyd and Bella Andjelkovic played tenacious defense and cleaned up on the boards. Sunday’s one-point loss to Newtown came in a game that Wilton dominated but was unable to get buckets to drop. Leah Martins played another great all-around game, scoring, rebounding and providing numerous assists. Olivia Rossi, Catherine Dineen and Gracie Kaplan provided a spark on both ends of the court.

5th/6th Grade

Wilton sweeps pair of games

The fifth/sixth grade Wilton girls team, sponsored by The Wilton Deli, had a great weekend, beating Redding/Easton, 31-21, and Brookfield, 20-1. Grace Williams had 15 points across both games, and Megan Hanny added 12 points. Katherine Cronin had a nice birthday basket, and Kathleen Lamanna came through with four points. Strong rebounding and great passing on the fastbreak led to some easy layups, as Katie Umphred returned from an injury with eight points on Saturday. Allie Giller, Jaime Leventhal and Natasha Dinshaw also contributed baskets. Great hustle by Maddie Ratcliffe and Sawyer Pendergast helped hold Brookfield to only one point on Sunday. Georgia Russnok and Charlotte Casiraghi came through with several steals and wore down their opponents with intense defense all weekend.

5th Grade

Wilton beats two opponents

The Wilton fifth grade girls team, sponsored by Little Pub, bested two tough opponents last weekend. Wilton visited Stamford on Friday night and came away with a 27-15 victory. Aly Rappaport (four points, four rebounds) dominated under the basket, while Heather Plowright (four points, four rebounds) and Kelly Holmgren (four points, two rebounds) were aggressive. Strong play from Isabel DiNanno (two points, four steals, three rebounds), Lucy Corry (two points, three steals, three rebounds), Anna Joy (three rebounds) and Molly Snow (two points, four steals) helped Wilton get the victory.

On Sunday, Wilton edged Trumbull, 10-8. Ava Fasano (two points, three steals, five rebounds) and Emerson Pattillo (two points, two steals) played hard for Wilton. Mary Scally (six points, seven rebounds) scored in the fourth quarter to solidify the win for Wilton.