Wilton rallies in second half to upset Ludlowe
FAIRFIELD -- With his team trailing at the half there was no fiery halftime speech from Wilton boys basketball coach Joel Geriak. The Warriors were executing their game plan just as it was drawn up, the shots simply weren't falling.
In the third quarter that changed as the Warriors began heating up from outside while at the same time locking up Ludlowe's scoring threats, reversing the tide of the first half on their way to 56-45 win in the FCIAC quarterfinals.
No. 7 Wilton will now face No. 3 Norwalk in the semifinals Tuesday night at Warde High School.
The offensive surge was led by Matt Shifrin who scored a game-high 25 points with a combination of long range 3s and free throws earned with drives to the basket.
"We have had games where we take our foot off the pedal and teams come back and beat us and we didn't want to do that tonight," Shifrin said. "Tonight we didn't stop going to the basket, didn't stop attacking and don't slow down. We have seniors on the floor who have been through this before and 5 seniors who know what they are doing and it makes it a lot easier."
Wilton's 10-0 run opening the third quarter gave the Warriors a lead they never gave back.
Scott Shouvlin and Mike Bingaman each scored 10 points for Wilton but it was Shouvlin's face guarding of Ludlowe scoring threat Matt Doyle which made the difference as the Falcons scored just two field goals in the second quarter and one in the third.
"Scottie Shouvlin did a great job taking away Doyle," Joel Geriak said. "We know he's the best player they have. Every shot he took tonight was just off and that was because of the pressure from Shouvlin."
Doyle was held to 9 points with Darren Lee pacing Ludlowe with 16 points.
When the two teams met a week ago in the regular season the Falcons dominated on the glass, but were mostly limited to one shot as the Warriors controlled the back boards all afternoon.
"We just did not play well in my opinion," Ludlowe coach John Dailey said. "I thought e played a great first quarter but we only scored three it the third quarter but we got some looks but we couldn't put a rock in the ocean. They were great on the boards and did a really nice job on the glass. Monday night we dominated the glass, made shots and defended and we didn't do any of that tonight, really."
Wilton 56, Ludlowe 45
WILTON 10 15 15 16--56
LUDLOWE 19 9 3 14--45
3-point field goals: W -- Shifrin 4; Shouvlin 2; Williams. L -- Lee 4; Doyle