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Fast Start Helps Darien Dominate Wilton

The Darien YMCA fifth-grade boys basketball team expected a stiff challenge Saturday from Wilton in a Fairfield County Basketball League showdown at Middlesex Middle School. Both teams brought 6-1 records into the game, and Darien coach Joe Marzano was prepared for a nip-and-tuck contest.

Instead, Darien jumped on top early and never looked back. Paced by 16 points by Will Enzor, including eight in the first quarter, Darien breezed to a 45-20 victory.

"Wilton's a very good team,'' Marzano said. "We played them early in the season and it was a tough game. They were fired up for this one."

It certainly showed. Darien raced out to a 20-6 lead after the first quarter, and Wilton never got it back within single digits. Darien did it with balance, too, as Justin Jordan added nine, Nick Green had eight and Jack Tierney and Brian Minicus tossed in six. Enzor, in particular, was a handful for Wilton with 12 first-half points converting on layups off the press, mid-range jumpers and putbacks off the glass.

Darien returned later in the day for a non-league win over Redding, 33-14, and on Sunday defeated Danbury, 41-23. The three-game sweep improved Darien's record to 16-1. It has the most wins among the 30 fifth-grade teams in the FCBL, the only loss being a seven-point setback to Mt. Vernon, N.Y., on Dec. 11. Mt. Vernon is unbeaten in league play. The teams do not play again in the regular season, but could square off in the FCBL tournament in March.

"You never know with fifth-graders how they're going to play in the travel league,'' Marzano said. "They're just coming out of the house league. I knew we would be competitive. I didn't think we'd be out to the record we are this year. They're a good group and they love to play."

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