The Fairfield Ludlowe boys basketball team's opening-night game went just as the Falcons would've drawn it up.

Ludlowe had four players score in double figures, led by seniors Tyler Bulkley and Mark Cerulli who scored 14 as the Falcons opened their year with a 59-52 win over Wilton on Wednesday night at Wilton High School.

"I couldn't be prouder of the effort," Ludlowe coach Brian Silvestro said. "This is a great confidence boost."

Senior David Kinsley added 10 points and nine rebounds and Connor Peterson added 10 as well for Ludlowe. Justin Berardino scored nine and had seven assists.

Ludlowe also maintained a strong glass advantage, out-rebounding the Warriors 29-16.

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"We had a size advantage," Silvestro said. "And we took advantage of that."

Wilton was led by Chris Nugent, who scored a game-high 19 points.

Ludlowe outscored Wilton 17-12 in the fourth quarter, with Cerulli scoring 12 of his 14 in the second half-- nine of which came in the fourth quarter. The Falcons also made seven of eight free throws in the final 1:05 to earn the victory.

"I just think about my routine," Cerulli said. "I block everything out and pretend I'm in practice."

Bulkley's emergence in his first varsity start was no shock to him, although with 2010-11 leading scorers Kevin Bentivegna and Erik Krumins graduated, he knew he needed to step up.

"We don't have Erik or Kevin anymore," Bulkley said. "I always knew that I could do it."

Peterson and Bulkley each scored eight in the first half as the Falcons built a 28-25 halftime advantage. Ludlowe used Wilton's 1-3-1 half court press against the Warriors, as patience and good passing led to eight first-half layups.

"They put a lot of pressure on the guards," Silvestro said. "We had to be strong with the ball in the middle and that was the key."

Wilton countered with Nugent's seven points, including a 3-pointer. Sophomore Eric Houska also hit a pair of 3-pointers to keep the Warriors within a possession after a half.

The Warriors never led in the second half, and after Wilton's Ian Ross opened the half with a 3-pointer, Ludlowe went on a 7-0 run, opening its largest led of the game at 35-28.

"That was the one time they came out of their 1-3-1," Silvestro said.

Wilton countered with a 12-5 spurt that tied the game again, but a 10-2 run between the end of the third and start of the fourth quarters put the Falcons up for good.

"They're ecstatic," Silvestro said of his team. "For game one, I'm pretty happy."