Staples boys' basketball beat Wilton 55-50 with a decisive fourth quarter on Monday Jan. 7
A balanced attack featured three players scoring in double figures, with captain Dylan Ward '19 leading the charge with 16 points. "What helped me and the other guys do well tonight was being confident and not being discouraged when shots weren't falling," Ward said. "What I love about our squad is that we don't care who scores the points, winning games is the ultimate goal."
Dylan Ward '19 makes a foul shot down the stretch to seal the victory
The first half was a defensive battle, with lots of forced shots. The Wreckers constant hustle for loose balls gave them a 23-22 lead to take into the locker room.
Jake Thaw '20 looks to create offense during the second quarter
Though it became a high scoring contest, the Wreckers timely defense proved to be a key component in their victory. Benny Feuer '20 flew all over the court, forcing Wilton into careless turnovers and poor possessions. "We knew coming in that in that type of atmosphere, we were going to go through shooting slumps, so being in locked in defensively for every possession was a necessity," Feuer said. "Preparation was great with two of the best and most intense practices of the season."
Benny Feuer '20 defends Wilton's Nick Kronenburg
After a low-scoring third quarter, the Wreckers heated up and took control in a great fourth quarter. Staples was able to have great possessions and make open shots. In the closing minutes, the Wreckers made their foul shots and put the game out of reach.
Lucas Basich '21 tightly defends Wilton forward Zayvion Eusebe
Despite Wilton High School being a historically difficult place for the Wreckers to win, Staples ended up on top. "Playing at Wilton is always fun, their student section is unmatched," captain Jake Thaw ’20 said. "I think we did a really good job of just playing together, sticking to our game, and staying composed,"
Wilton's "Warrior Tribe" jeers as Jake Thaw '20 scores 1 of his 10 points with a foul shot
The Wreckers bench intently watches the rivalry showdown
The win helped the Wreckers climb in the standings, improving to 4-4 overall but 1-3 in FCIAC play. They next host 7-1 Trumbull on Thursday, Jan. 10. Staples hopes to carry their momentum over into their coming games.
The Wreckers defense prepares for Wilton
"Anytime you can win on the road it means a little extra," Thaw said. "Especially at Wilton."
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