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Wilton 5th-Graders Win 3 in Busy Weekend

WILTON, Conn. – The Wilton fifth-grade boys basketball team went 3-2 on a busy weekend, including a victory over previously unbeaten Greenwich, in the Fairfield County Basketball League.

Wilton, sponsored by Pinocchio Pizza, opened the weekend with a 38-30 victory over Ridgefield. The team had some clutch foul shots in the final minutes to help secure the win, notably by Richard Nolan (four points, four rebounds) and Zachary Pozzi (eight points, one steal, one rebound).

Brendan Connor (12 points, four steals), Zayvion Eusebe (six points, seven rebounds) and Kyle Phillips (four points, six rebounds, two steals) helped lead the offense. Tyler Previte (four rebounds) and Billy Ronk (two points, four rebounds) were strong on the boards and played tough defense. Ryan Schriber and Zach Dedrick (two rebounds and two steals each) handled the ball well and found open teammates with good passes. Cole Barnes was tenacious on the floor with excellent defense.

Wilton extinguished the undefeated league run of the Greenwich Flame on Saturday morning, winning 35-33 in a thriller. Eusebe led the way with nine points, while Connor and Previte chipped in with four apiece.  

Great all-around games were played by Phillips (six points, three rebounds), Schriber (six points, four rebounds, three steals) and Pozzi (four points, four rebounds, four steals). Dedrick (two steals) and Barnes (two points) took care of the basketball while Ronk (five rebounds, four steals) and Nolan (two rebounds, two steals) protected the paint.

The boys were defeated 41-35 by a good Darien team in a close game Saturday afternoon. Wilton fell behind in the first quarter, 15-10, despite solid play by Eusebe (four points), Phillips (two points, three rebounds and three blocks), and Dedrick (two rebounds and two steals). The Warriors turned up the defense in the second and third quarters, holding Darien to 11 points combined and tying the game, 26-26, at the end of three quarters. Darien pulled away in the fourth quarter, however.

The team won a squeaker at Fairfield, 35-33, on Sunday. Schriber (eight points) continued his hot hand by knocking down several outside jump shots. Barnes (one steal, two rebounds) hustled and applied constant defensive pressure. Phillips (nine points, two steals) stole the ball in the final seconds and went coast-to-coast for a layup to seal the win. 

The Warriors lost to Newtown, 43-40, to wrap up a busy weekend. Phillips (13 points, three rebounds, three steals) and Eusebe (eight points, two rebounds) scored often with strong layups and outside jump shots. Previte (five points, four rebounds, one steal) and Ronk (two points, six rebounds) led the team in rebounds and jump balls. Barnes (two points, three rebounds) did a great job controlling the ball. 

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