Boys basketball: Norwalk eliminates Shelton in Class LL

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Kyle Coniglio of Shelton High goes up to defend Zaire Wilson at the rim in Norwalk’s Class LL first-round victory. (Mike Suppe)

The high-octane Norwalk High boys basketball team pinned an 83-45 defeat on visiting Shelton High in the first round of the Class LL state tournament on Monday night.

“Norwalk is really good, I’ll tell you that right now,” Shelton High head coach Brian Gardiner said. “They’re athletic, they’re talented, they are just a really good team.”

The No. 10 seed Bears (18-6) led 13-7 after the first quarter, then gradually started to pull away.

“I think at the start of the game, we were a little sluggish, possibly because of the disappointing loss in the FCIAC championship,” said Norwalk head coach Thomas Keyes, alluding to the Bears’ 64-60 loss to Westhill High in Friday night’s FCIAC final. “When we got rolling, we got really excited about playing and we played well tonight.”

Norwalk buried the No. 23 seed Gaels (10-12) for good with a 12-0 run to close the third quarter, pushing its advantage to 57-35 heading into the final frame.

Another 12-0 run in the fourth quarter provided the knockout punch, as the Bears advanced to face No. 7 seed Crosby High (19-5) on Wednesday night in Waterbury at 7 p.m.

The only Shelton scorer to reach double figures was senior Kyle Coniglio, who came off the bench to score 12 points. Casey Belade chipped in with eight points and Jeff Stockmal seven.

Zaire Wilson scored 19 points off the bench to power Norwalk, while Roy Kane added 17 and reserve Bryant Bracey 16.

“We are taking it one game at a time, we are looking forward to the next game we have and hopefully extending our season,” Keyes said. “Tonight, we caught fire a little bit and played really well.”

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