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Seventeen point run earns Wilton 69-53 win over Kolbe Cathedral in tourney title game

Jack Williams (21 points) gets two during Wilton's second-half, seventeen-point run.

Jack Williams (21 points) gets two during Wilton’s second-half, seventeen-point run.

Wilton (2015 Wounded Warriors Tournament champions)

Wilton (2015 Wounded Warriors Tournament champions)

Victor Billups (19 points) sees an opening

Victor Billups (19 points) sees an opening

(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.

The Wilton defense toughened in the second half

The Wilton defense toughened in the second half

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.

Drew Connolly (18 points) tries to pass out of a Kolbe Cathedral trap

Drew Connolly (18 points) tries to pass out of a Kolbe Cathedral trap

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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Matt Kronenberg (19 points) defended by Charles Mitchell

Matt Kronenberg (19 points) defended by Charles Mitchell

Taking a charge.

Taking a charge.

Jack Wood defends Amari Courtney

Jack Wood defends Amari Courtney

Battle in close

Battle in close

Mine!

Mine!

Marvens Francois

Marvens Francois

Jack Williams tries to get past Anthony Senior

Jack Williams tries to get past Anthony Senior

Game on!

Game on!

Jack Williams (21 points) in for two of them

Jack Williams (21 points) in for two of them

Drew Connolly

Drew Connolly

Looking for a rebound.

Looking for a rebound.

Late-game work on Matt Kronenberg's knee

Late-game work on Matt Kronenberg’s knee

 

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Strong second half gives Kolbe-Cathedral 64-50 win over Masuk

Chiniki Fils (17 points) powers in for two

Chiniki Fils (17 points) powers in for two

Freshman Trinity Bravo (14 points) was a key in the KC 2nd half rally

Freshman Trinity Bravo (14 points) was a key in the KC 2nd half rally

(Monroe CT)  A strong second half enabled Kolbe-Cathedral to defeat Masuk, 64-50, on Friday night at Masuk.

The Cougars (7-7) trailed by nine (33-24) at the half but poured in forty points in the second half to win going away.

The two teams had met on January second at Bridgeport with the Cougars rallying to win by a point (68-67).  KC had been down by ten in that one but came back, as they did in this one, to get the victory.

Chiniki Fils (17 points) led all scorers and collected twelve of her points in the 4th quarter.  Masuk had no defensive answers for her around the basket.

Callie Engle had eight points in the second quarter for Masuk

Callie Engle had eight points in the second quarter for Masuk

When Chiniki went to the bench with her third foul with 4:44 left in the second quarter the Cougars trailed by a point (18-16).  The Panthers, led by freshman Callie Engle, dominated the rest of the second period and led, 33-24, at the half.

Masuk (6-9) full-court pressure was working (15 KC turnovers) and the home team was able get high percentage shots in close.

All that changed in the second half.

Kolbe started and ended the third quarter with six unanswered points forcing turnovers and getting to the basket.  Freshman Trinity Bravo (14 points) had several steals, baskets, and assists while Masuk suffered through a 4-point quarter.

Panthers coach Alyssa Laczkoski lit into her team after the disastrous third but things didn’t get better.  Kolbe put eight straight together on three layups and a rebound basket to get up by nine (48-39) with 5 1/2 minutes left in the game.  Jana Migliaro later his three free throws to get Masuk within five (51-46) with 4+ minutes left.  Time was there to finish the comeback but Chiniki Fils had five free throws and two layups the rest of the way to seal it for Kolbe-Cathedral.

The Cougars won their third straight despite missing seventeen free throws (16-for-33).

Aftermath of 4-point third quarter

Aftermath of 4-point third quarter

Masuk ended up with twenty-six turnovers.  Many of the miscues led to immediate KC baskets.

Callie Engle had eight points in the second quarter for Masuk.

Jana Migliaro (11 points) made one three despite numerous attempts.  Coaches on the KC bench were yelling “Shooter” every time the senior co-captain touched the ball.

Senior Nia Fogle and freshman Trinity Bravo both had fourteen points for the Cougars.

Jana Migliaro and Brittany Rodriguez

Jana Migliaro and Brittany Rodriguez

Masuk hadn’t played in a week.  That was why I was surprised at how well they played in the first half.

Pressure works so much better when it gets set up after a made shot.

Masuk has lost four of their last five games.

Next for Masuk is a trip to Brookfield on Tuesday.  The Panthers won the previous meeting at home.

The Cougars will be hosting Joel Barlow on Monday.

Kolbe-Cathedral boxscore

Masuk boxscore

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Nia Fogle (14 points) in for two

Nia Fogle (14 points) in for two

tight defense

tight defense

Chiniki Fils

Chiniki Fils

tight defense

tight defense

Taylor Iorfino (10 points) gets a rebound

Taylor Iorfino (10 points) gets a rebound

blocking out

blocking out

Nia Fogle and Tiana Moraes

Nia Fogle and Tiana Moraes

 

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