Staples’ Sam Clachko scored 40 points to lead the Wreckers in their FCIAC Tournament semifinal-round win Tuesday. / Photos by Mark Sikorski
Adam Udell scored 13 for the Wreckers as they defeated previously unbeaten Ridgefield, 73-57, Tuesday night.

By Andy Hutchison

WILTON — No FCIAC team had found a way to beat Ridgefield this winter — until Tuesday, that is, when Staples boys basketball ball team did convincingly.

No. 4-seed Wreckers upset No. 1 Ridgefield, 73-57, in the conference semifinals at neutral site Wilton High, advancing to Thursday’s championship contest against No. 2 Trumbull, back on the Wilton court, at 7 p.m.

Staples, which lost to Ridgefield in a 48-46 nail-biter during the regular season, fell behind 15-7 after one quarter of play and was locked in a battle at halftime, trailing 27-25. 

But the Wreckers went ahead 45-41 through three quarters and pulled away late.

Sam Clachko, held to three points in the first quarter, went on to steal the show and pour in 40, highlighted by seven 3-pointers and an 11-for-12 night at the foul line.

Adam Udell scored 13, Nick Sikorski hit a pair of 3-pointers for his six points and Caleb Smith added a 3-pointer.

Staples last lost a game Feb. 12 when Trumbull defeated the Wreckers 55-39. Since then, Staples has reeled off six straight wins, including two FCIAC tourney battles.

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.