Staples boys basketball drops third straight
Published 10:14 pm, Friday, January 16, 2015
Through its 6-1 start to the season, the Wilton boys basketball team has usually relied on its sharpshooting from the perimeter to steamroll opponents -- including in a 83-66 win over Staples last month.
When the two teams met again Friday, the game played out much different but the Warriors still found a way to prevail.
Teammates Scott Shouvlin (15 points) and Michael Bingaman (19) each hit five 3-pointers, helping send Wilton to a 58-44 win over the Wreckers. The defeat was the third straight for the Staples after a 4-1 start.
"Our defense tonight, compared to how we've been playing, was great," Wilton coach Joel Geriak said. "Our man-to-man; Scott Shouvlin and T.J. Savvaides did a great job on Ben Casparius. We practiced man-to-man all week because we knew that was our game plan."
With their perimeter shots not falling down early, the Warriors locked down on those of the Wreckers. The game was a defensive struggle for much of the night as both teams struggled to find rhythm.
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"I thought we played really hard tonight, and well in spots," Staples coach Colin Devine said. "I think Wilton was better tonight; they're a good team, played well and making tough shots in the corner."
Staples trailed by double digits for most of the second and third quarters, and by as many as 17 late in the third. The Wreckers rallied and closed the gap to with 44-38 early in the fourth with a 9-0 run, but Shouvlin hit a 3-pointer, the Wreckers missed a pair of 1-and-1 chances and Bingman sank a triple to push the lead back to 12.
"We missed some shots that we usually make," Devine said. "It's hard to fight back from that. The effort was there, we just have to build off that."
The visitors played successful prevent offense over the final three-and-a-half minutes, passing the ball around the Wreckers defense through the air. The Warriors closed the game on a 14-6 run.
Wilton went 5-for-22 from long distance in the first half, but held Staples to 19 points in building a 29-19 lead. The Warriors then went 6-for-10 from beyond the arc in the second, including converting all three in the final period.
The point totals for each team were their lowest this season.
The Warriors held Wreckers' top threat Casparius scoreless until a 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter. Nic Esposito led Staples with 14 points while Justin Seideman had 11, including seven in a minute stretch in the second.
"These kids work hard, they're confident kids," Devine said of his team. "I think we'll be fine. We started off hot, made some shots; but the effort is still there."