Hornets fight past Proctor, 66-61

Proctor thought otherwise. It turned up full-court pressure, forced turnovers, hit some outside shots, and in just three minutes erased the Hornets' big margin. When Walkery Mills hit a lay-up with 2:18 to play, the Raiders seized a 58-57 lead.

Having absorbed an 18-1 blow, F-M, out of time-outs, somehow regrouped. With Proctor worried about Zapisek, Mike O'Neil broke free for huge back-to-back baskets, including a 3-pointer with 1:20 left that put the Hornets up 62-58.

Even when Malcolm McGill's 3-pointer with 1:02 left made it 62-61, the Hornets kept its poise. Mueller and Ethan Braddock both hit baskets in the final minute and put the victory away.

As Zapisek finished with 25 points, Jack Giles had 13 points, with Mueller (10 points) and O'Neil (nine points) close behind. Mills, with 20 points, led Proctor's effort.

F-M, before dealing with Proctor, had a solid showing in last Tuesday's visit to Baldwinsville, where it took out the Bees 85-63.

In all reality, game got decided in the first quarter, when the Hornets hit on most of the shots it took and seized a 25-7 advantage.

The margin eventually grew to 67-40 before F-M eased up, having once again displayed the evolution of its approach from a defense-first mode to something quite different.

Zapisek again set the pace, earning 24 points. Both he and Mueller hit on four 3-pointers, as Mueller and Giles each finished with 15 points. Mike Lee had seven points and Andrew Murphy put up six points. Kevin Roy (21 points) and Tyler Monnat (20 points) both gave the Bees solid showings.

F-M, after beating Proctor, sits on its 3-1 record until meeting Ithaca next Monday in the opening round of the Cicero-North Syracuse Holiday Tournament.

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