STAMFORD, Conn. – Stamford High School’s boys basketball team put forth one of its best efforts of the season Tuesday night, but came up short, 66-63, at Wilton.
The loss was the fifth in six games for Stamford, which slipped to 2-9 overall and 1-8 in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference. Evans Antoine scored a game-high 26 for the Black Knights.
Stamford trailed, 57-51, with 3:30 remaining, but scored six unanswered points, two free throws by Kenny Wright tied tying game at 57-57 with 2:22 remaining.
On Wilton’s next possession, a Stamford player was whistled for a foul. A Stamford player also was assessed a technical foul, and Wilton’s Max Maudsley hit all three free throws to put the Warriors ahead for good.
Stamford didn't quit, though. Wright scored to trim Wilton’s lead to 64-63 with about 10 seconds left but Matt Shifrin hit two free throws with 7.7 seconds left for Wilton and Stamford could not get a clean look at a potential game-tying three-point attempt before time expired.
Stamford played well for most of the first half and built a 26-17 lead with 4:02 remaining on a three-point play by Ancel Nevers. Wilton closed the half with a 13-2 run to take a 32-28 lead. Wilton built its biggest lead, 44-37, with 3:11 to play in the third quarter.
Wright had eight points for Stamford, while Joe Palumbo and Nevers had seven apiece. Palumbo’s three-pointer with 2:45 to play trimmed Wilton’s lead to 57-55 and sparked Stamford’s late comeback.
Stamford hosts Fairfield Ludlowe on Friday, and hosts city rival Westhill next Tuesday.