Wildcats topple F-M, fall to Proctor

For the night, Cruz would finish with 26 points, negating a balanced F-M attack where four players hit double figures, but no one had more than Ethan Gilbert's 12 points.

Inside, the Wildcats, as a whole, never let F-M star Patrick Lee get comfortable, holding him to 11 points and just three field goals -- this after Lee had torched Fowler for 29 points three nights earlier.

"Defensively, we did a great job," said head coach Steve Dunham. "We made F-M work for everything."

Aside from Cruz, Brian O'Leary stepped up for 10 points, while Reale and Jack Conboy produced nine points apiece.

The only downside to all this was that, on Saturday afternoon, the Wildcats would have to try and replicate that effort at Utica Proctor, in a game postponed from Dec. 22 due to the concerns over threats against Proctor guard Mario Whitehurst.

No team had won at Proctor since 2003 -- and WG was unable to break that four-year home win streak, falling to the Raiders 71-62.

With Cruz still hot, the Wildcats hung with Proctor throughout the first half and trailed by just two, 31-29, at the break.

Abandoning its original plan, the Raiders swarmed over Cruz, and he managed just two points in the pivotal third quarter as Proctor outscored WG 25-11, building a margin the visitors could not overcome.

Cruz still finished with 26 points for the second day in a row, including four 3-pointers. Kevin Wadach hit a trio of treys on his way to 13, with Conboy adding eight points. Proctor's star junior forward, Deandre Preaster, led his side with 24 points as Wesley Jackson added 20 points.

This moved WG's record to 11-7. It hosts Bishop Ludden Tuesday on Senior Night and goes to Nottingham Friday before finding out, on Sunday, where it will start the Section III Class AA playoffs.

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