(Newtown CT) Wilton put a remarkable 4+ minutes stretch of basketball together in the second half and defeated Kolbe Cathedral, 69-53, on Wednesday night.
The victory gave the Warriors (3-1) the Wounded Warrior Tournament title for the second straight year.
The Wilton trio of Matt Kronenberg (19 points/8 rebounds), Jack Williams (21 points/5 steals), and Drew Connolly (18 points/5 assists) had extremely productive nights for the winners.
The Cougars (1-3) had an eight-point lead (38-29) two minutes into the second half and looked to be in control. They pressed. They ran and, most important, took the ball to the basket. The size and quickness of the team from Bridgeport was noticeable.
But over the next four third-quarter minutes Wilton made shots, extended their trapping zone, and kept KC away from lanes to the basket.
Kolbe, however, still had a five-point lead (40-35) after Victor Billups rebound basket and the teams were tied at 43-43 after the Cougar’s Tahj Brown drained a three-pointer with 2:18 to go in the third quarter.
But the next 4:45, extending into the 4th quarter, were all Wilton as they put a streak of seventeen unanswered points together and overwhelmed Kolbe Cathedral on both ends of the court. The Warriors highlight-reel stretch put them safely ahead 60-43 with 5 ½ minutes left.
Wilton jumped off to a 9-0 lead at the start before the Cougars closed the quarter on a 12-2 run. Marvens Francois (13 points) and Victor Billups (19 points) paced KC during the comeback.
When either team was on their game their trapping was very effective. Dribbling into any corner was inviting disaster.
Jack Williams, Matt Kronenberg, and Marvens Francois were selected to the All-Tourney team.
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