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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.

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

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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