WLC boys pick up 1st win

After passing the midpoint of the schedule and without a win to speak of, the Wilton-Lyndeborough boys basketball team was due for a breakout performance.

And that is exactly what the Warriors gave their home fans on Tuesday night with a 62-31 victory over Hinsdale to improve to 1-9 overall.

“We certainly played our best game of the year,” said first-year coach Ken Garnham. “We’re getting better.”

Entering play on Tuesday, WLC was one of three winless teams in Division IV and had lost each game by double digits. And having already played the Pacers and lost by 13 in the season opener, Garnham knew it would be yet another test for his improving team.

Even early in the fourth quarter with a comfortable lead approaching 20 points, Garnham still wanted his players to finish strong. So the Warriors went out and finished the quarter with a game-high 22 points and allowed just eight to secure the first win since late last season.

“This strengthens the idea that we are getting better,” said Garnham.

WLC led 11-4 after the first and by 15 at the half. With eight minutes to play, the advantage stood at 17 before the Warriors put it of reach. The 62 points scored is a season high.

The Warriors had balanced scoring, rebounded well and played good defense.

“It all added up to a nice little victory for us,” said Garnham.

Senior Casey Melrose scored a team-leading 17 points to go along with 14 rebounds. Senior Ethan Howard had a career-high 15 rebounds and nine points. Cole Letourneau added 12 points while Kyle Pratt and Patrick Martin each finished with nine.

WLC hosts Concord Christian on Friday.

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