Games recently played by Wilton Basketball Association travel basketball teams. Boys Travel 7th/8th grade Wilton plays better in losses The Wilton seventh/eighth grade boys team, sponsored by Good Morning Wilton, showed improvement but could not come away with a win. The first game against Weston found Wilton trailing at halftime, and although Wilton picked up its game in the second half, it could not overcome the deficit, falling 58-37. Wilton was led by Davis Cote’s eight points and four rebounds, and Maden Herve’s six points and nine strong rebounds. Balanced scoring featured Andrew Travers with five points and John McMahon, Sean Sullivan and Jermaine Vincent with four points apiece. Ben Wiener added two assists and two steals. The second game was a rematch against a strong Wakeman Fairfield team. The Warriors came out of the gate strong as Josh White (12 points, five rebounds) played a high-tempo offense and drove the ball into the paint. Herve added seven points and seven boards along with three steals. Outside shooting specialist Sam Strazza hit an early three-pointer, and Wiener added to his assist total, getting the ball to Travers, who hit multiple threes while adding 10 points. Niko Kouvaris, Sullivan, AJ Fasano and McMahon aided the effort with key rebounds and steals. Vincent had six points and Ryan Kaufmann added late energy and an assist in the 72-44 loss. 7th grade Wilton wins tourney as part of sweep week The Wilton seventh grade boys basketball team, sponsored by Ackerly and Ward, defeated St. Theresa Trumbull, 69-54, to win the McGivney Center Winter Classic Tournament last Monday night. Wilton was led by a dominating performance from Matt Gulbin, with 19 points, 13 rebounds and two assists. Other top scorers were Kyle Burns (16 points), Mack Kepner (12 points and three steals), Michael Coffey (10 points and seven boards), Matt Murphy (six points and seven boards), and Trevor Martines (six points and two assists). Chase Autore was an unselfish teammate, leading the team with five assists. Murphy and Gulbin were named to the All-Tournament Team. On Friday night Wilton had a strong game against first-place New Canaan, winning a non-league game, 75-42. Wilton’s passing, ball movement and player movement were all spectacular, which led to high-percentage shots on nearly every possession. The leading scorer was Burns with 15 points (and four assists), followed by Murphy with 14 points, Gulbin and Coffey with 12 points each, Martines with eight points, Jimmy McKiernan with five points, Kepner with five points, and Owen Lillis and Chase Autore each with two points. On Saturday, Wilton defeated the Fairfield Hawks, 60-28, in a league game. Wilton was led by the guard play of Martines (10 points, four assists, two steals), Lillis (six points, two assists, one steal), Burns and Kepner (each with seven points and one steal), and Autore (two points, two assists). On Sunday, Wilton prevailed in a physical league game against the Stamford Boys and Girls Club, 58-46. Wilton got off to a 16-point halftime lead, only to see Stamford come back to within six after three quarters. However, Wilton settled down, with its front line of Gulbin (14 points and six rebounds), Murphy (10 points, 10 boards, three blocked shots) and Coffey (10 points and eight boards) scoring all 16 of the team’s points in a fourth quarter that featured tremendous interior passing. Wilton’s frontline was complemented by solid performances from Martines (seven points, six assists, three steals, seven rebounds), Kepner (five points, seven assists), Burns (seven points), and McKiernan (five points, two assists). Wilton is now 24-4 overall and 9-3 in the FCBL A South Division. 6th grade Three victories for Wilton The Wilton sixth grade boys team, sponsored by Pinocchio Pizza, finished a busy weekend with three straight wins to move to 14-4 overall. Wilton prevailed 41-26 over St. Theresa’s, with Zarius Eusebe leading the charge (10 points, one rebound, two assists and two steals). Max Andrews (seven points, 10 rebounds, two assists, one block) and Grant Masterson (12 rebounds, two assists, one steal) kept St. Theresa’s off the glass, while Matthew Giller (six points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal) and Craig Hyzy (six points, five rebounds) hit timely shots. The Wilton defense was led by Parker Woodring (two points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal), Dillon Mannix (one rebound) and Max Silva (four points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal). Big man Jack Lynch (two points, two rebounds, two steals, two blocks) kept St. Theresa’s out of the middle, and Kevin Hyzy was everywhere on the floor with two points, two rebounds, two steals and two blocks. On Sunday, Wilton faced previously unbeaten Mt. Vernon in a battle for first place in the division, coming away with a memorable 55-53 victory. Having lost to Mt. Vernon twice earlier in the season, Wilton came out on fire led by Kyle Hyzy’s clutch play (14 points, three rebounds, one assist, three steals). Giller’s smooth touch was evident (nine points, one rebound, four assists and two steals), as was Eusebe’s will to win (eight points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals). Andrews was also a force with nine points, six rebounds, three assists and one steal, in tandem with Lynch (four points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal). Masterson (two points, two rebounds, two assists), Silva (two points) and Mannix played aggressively on defense to slow the vaunted Mt. Vernon offense. Chris Hyzy was solid with two points and three rebounds, while Woodring used his athleticism to tally five points and grab seven rebounds. Mt. Vernon stormed back to tie the game with less than a minute left, but Eusebe was fouled chasing a loose ball and sealed the victory with two pressure-packed free throws. In the final game of the weekend, Wilton fought back from a 14-point second half deficit to beat Greenwich Black Select, 53-48. The comeback was spurred by Kyle Hyzy’s tremendous 18-point effort, combined with Giller’s huge three-pointer that tied the game with seconds seconds remaining. Chris Hyzy’s (nine points, five rebounds) free throws were the difference in overtime. 5th/6th grade Norwalk 46, Wilton 33 The Wilton fifth/sixth grade boys team, sponsored by Tavern on 7, faced an athletic Norwalk team, which started the game playing fast and aggressive basketball until Conor Lillis (eight points) sparked the Wilton offense with a basket at the start of the second quarter. Dylan Smith (nine points) followed with multiple baskets and Ethan Jackson (six points) also continued to post points for the 56ers. The 56ers came out stronger in the second half, and Sean Wiseman’s fast-paced plays and crisp passes continued to set up scoring opportunities, with Colin Tsai and AJ Preisano both sinking baskets. James Minnich, Jefferson Mitchell and Jimmy Luce played tenacious defense and grabbed several boards, while Connor Cummings asserted himself in the paint by hitting a basket and rebounding decisively. Andrew Zizzadoro and Shane Taubin helped direct the offense in the second half. Darien 52, Wilton 35 Wilton lost a tough game on Sunday against the Darien YMCA. The Warriors kept it close at halftime, but Darien’s hot shooting allowed it to pull away in the second half. Connor Cummings led the Warriors on offense (12 points, 17 rebounds), along with A.J. Preisano (seven points), Dylan Smith (seven points), Ethan Jackson (four points) and Andrew Zizzadoro (three points). Jimmy Luce, Colin Tsai, Shane Taubin, Jefferson Mitchell, James Minnich, and Sean Wiseman also contributed on both offense and defense, combining for four steals and eight rebounds. 5th grade Wilton takes two of three The Wilton fifth grade boys team, sponsored by Abercrombie, Burns, McKiernan & Company Insurance, Inc., played three games last weekend, going 2-1. The Warriors came out on top against both Trumbull’s CT Elite and Hartford’s YMCA team on Saturday and lost to a tough Westport PAL team on Sunday. Wilton beat Trumbull, 37-15, as the Warriors got off to a fast start by going on an 11-0 run. Point guard Tommy McKiernan led the attack with 11 points, including a three-pointer, while Griffin Turner and Andre Wiest contributed six points each. Guards Will Sullivan, Tommy Walsh and Spencer Liston pushed the ball up the court, while forwards Peter Grandolfo and Ryan Preisano drove to the basket for uncontested layups. The frontline, comprised of Jackson Duncan, Alexander Reyes, Turner and Wiest, played tough defense, crashing the boards and forcing turnovers that led to a number of fastbreak points. Wilton also earned a 47-23 victory against Hartford’s YMCA team, leading wire to wire. McKiernan and Wiest (nine points and eight points) led the scoring, while Duncan, Preisano and Sullivan contributed five points each. Grandolfo, Liston and Reyes (four points each) and Walsh (three points) rounded out the scoring. Turner (10 rebounds) was a force on the boards. Girls Travel 8th Grade Two wins for Wilton The Wilton eighth grade girls team had a full weekend of games beginning Friday with a 29-25 win against Westport. It was a great team effort with a strong offensive performance led by Nancy Lynch (nine points), Grace Cahill (five points) and Paula Perez (six points) and tough defense led by Francesca Goncalves (12 rebounds, three points). Saturday night brought a nail-biting ending in a 33-29 loss to Danbury. Led by the impressive shooting of Sophie Sudano (16 points) and the play of Fiona O’Brien (five points), Wilton also gave another tough defensive performance but could not hold on to the lead. Sunday brought a 25-23 win over top-ranked Milford. Solid play by every player and tenacious defense by Caitlin Greeff and Zara Weist helped secure the win. 7th Grade Wilton beats Milford The Wilton girls seventh grade travel team, sponsored by Joyride, continued their strong play with a win over the Milford Knights. Every single Wilton player scored, with Mary Grace Dellisanti the game-high scorer. In the first quarter the Warriors were neck and neck with Milford until a corner shot by Meghan Koziolkowsky put them ahead. Christina O’Sullivan’s multiple assists, steals and clutch foul shots rounded out the offense and helped lead the march to victory. The Warrior defense was equally aggressive shutting down Milford’s behind the play of Riley Eaton, Lily Umphred, Callie Judelson and Alexis Castaldi, who dominated the paint with numerous rebounds. Mairead Kehoe’s third-quarter breakaway basket was the final straw for Milford as Wilton glided to a decisive victory. 6th Grade Three wins for Wilton The Wilton White sixth grade girls team, sponsored by Servco Oil, had a great weekend, winning all three of its games and moving into second place in its division. Wilton defeated Milford, 27-13 and beat Weston twice, by scores of 22-19 and 22-14, respectively. Ellie Coffey (eight points) started the weekend with aggressive play, making steal after steal and keeping the opponents off balance. Morgan Lebek (six points) had a great series of games, picking off passes and scoring on offensive rebounds. Leah Martins (four points) continued her strong season with a series of great passes and numerous assists. Erynn Floyd showed her defensive prowess, while Amelia Hughes (12 points) came up big on both ends of the court. Gracie Kaplan proved to be a strong contributor with solid bounce passes that creating openings for teammates, and Ellie Copley (13 points) played well in all three games, controlling the boards and sinking some sweet jump shots. Catherine Dineen (10 points), Olivia Rossi (14 points) and Bella Andjelkovic (four points) also were big factors in the sweep for Wilton. 5th Grade Two of three for Wilton The Wilton fifth grade girls team, sponsored by Little Pub, won two of three games. On Wednesday, Wilton hosted Redding/Easton, controlling the game in a 24-6 victory. Mary Scally (six points, six rebounds) and Ava Fasano (six points, five rebounds) led the scoring, with Lucy Corry (three steals, three rebounds) and Anna Joy (four steals, five rebounds) holding firm on defense. On Saturday, Wilton routed Monroe, 22-4. Contributing to an early lead were Aly Rappaport (four points, two rebounds), Heather Plowright (two points, four rebounds) and Isabel DiNanno (two points, two steals, two rebounds). Wilton ended the weekend with a 20-14 loss to New Canaan. Wilton came from behind to lead in the third quarter with Molly Snow (nine points, three steals, two rebounds) and Emerson Pattillo (three points, four steals) leading the charge. Solid play from Kelly Holmgren (two points, four steals, two rebounds) made it difficult for the hosts, but Wilton was unable to maintain its lead.