WG would get a chance to recover Friday night, at Nottingham, the same team it beat 73-61 in last year’s Section III Class AA quarterfinals. But led by Henry Sullivan, the Bulldogs would gain a bit of payback, defeating the Wildcats 81-69.
This game was decided in the middle stages. WG broke out of the offensive doldrums it went through against F-M and was tied, 15-15, and continued to produce well, even though Nottingham took a 35-29 lead to halftime.
Where the Bulldogs broke it open was in the third quarter, outscoring WG 28-16. And much of it came from Sullivan, who would pile up 32 points, including four successful 3-pointers, as Nate Knight and Malik Zachery (10 points each) offered support.
Battling to the end, the Wildcats saw Troy Temara, with 17 points, lead the way. Cunningham had 14 points, with Randall adding 12 points and Joey Ulrich six points. However, Shane Temara managed just a single field goal.
At 2-2, WG went back on the road this week, visiting Cicero-North Syracuse on Tuesday and Central Square on Friday before hosting its own Booster Club Tournament on Dec. 27-28.
Joe Fabian contributed to this report.