What should have been a night of unbridled celebration turned into a cautionary tale for the Westhill High School boys basketball team.

After leading by as many as 20 points in the fourth quarter against Fairfield Warde, the Vikings grew complacent and took needlessly risky chances on offense.

The result was a 12-2 run that helped turn Westhill's rout into a less cosmetically pleasing 75-70 decision.

Warde scored 32 points in the final period. Westhill coach Howard White opted to give his team a pass on its execution over the final six minutes and instead focus on what took place up until that point.

"I talked to the kids about how we can't let what happened at the end happen, and instead build on the lead," White said. "It's high school basketball and they are going to force shots and there are not going to be

perfect games. We did a lot of great things tonight."

Tony Dobbinson, who has been part of a debate on the blogosphere over who is the FCIAC's best point guard, stated his case with 20 points and 7 assists, including consecutive ones to Sam Dorrisaint -- the latter resulting in a tomahawk dunk -- that was a prelude to the Mustangs' comeback.

"I've talked to him about that, how he has to use his speed," White said. "He's one of the quickest guards in the state. Once he's penetrating he can dish or hit the floater."

Dorrisaint finished with 12 points for Westhill, which improved to 6-3 over all and 5-2 in league play.

The Mustangs (5-5, 3-5), who came in with a good win (Fairfield Prep) and a bad loss (Wilton) on their resume, were unable to hang with Westhill's superior athletic ability in the early going. To their credit they did make the strong run at the end, but coach Ryan Swaller, unlike his counterpart, chose in the postgame locker room to turn the microscope on the negative aspects of his team's evening.

"There was the inability to break the half-court press," Swaller said. "We turned the ball over instead of looking to attack, like we did the last four minutes. "We easily could have packed it in down 20, but we were able to come back and fight. We showed the ability we have, but unfortunately it was too little, too late."

Sal Siciliano finished with 20 points, Mike Wright had 11 and Matt McTague added 10 points -- all in the final quarter -- for Warde.

Westhill jumped out to a 10-3 lead, then was held without a field goal for six minutes, as the Mustangs took a two-point lead by the end of the first quarter and were still ahead early in the second. Dobbinson drove the lane for a layup to set off a 10-0 run that put the Vikings in the lead for good.