Sam Clachko, heckled by Fairfield Ludlowe fans, let his scoring do the talking with 23 points in Staples’ victory on Friday. / Photo by Mark Sikorski

By Andy Hutchison

FAIRFIELD — Sparked by a sharp-shooting first quarter of play, the Staples boys basketball team pulled away early and cruised to a 51-44 win at Fairfield Ludlowe on Friday.

The Wreckers stretched their winning streak to six and improved to 11-4 overall with five games to play in the regular season.

Staples led 22-6 after one quarter of play and held a 28-21 halftime lead,

Sam Clachko led with 23 points, hitting six 3-pointers in the contest. Nick Sikorski drained a trio of 3-pointers for nine points. 

Mason Tobias scored eight, Adam Udell had five (including a 3-pointer) and Dhilan Lowman and Caleb Smith both scored three, each connecting from downtown.

The Wreckers are back in action Monday, Feb. 12, when Trumbull visits at 7 p.m. (Game schedules are subject to change; click for the latest CIAC updates.)

Andy Hutchison has been covering school sports — including Staples athletics — as well as news and feature stories in Fairfield County, since the 1990s.