The first quarter was all tug-of-war. Twin Valley went up 4-0 on layups by Dal Nesbitt and Colin Lozito, only to be followed by a 7-0 run by the Phantoms. The Wildcats scored eight straight to follow including three-pointers by Nesbitt and Lozito, while Cody Landon and John Connell came up with threes for Proctor. Hunter Therrien and DJ Lazelle got in a bucket each and after one, Twin Valley held the edge 16-14.
The second quarter began aggressively for the Wildcats as Cade Nesbitt stole Proctor’s inbound pass and dished it to Lozito, who found a wide-open Sam Molner under the basket. But Proctor stayed in the game, led by back-to-back three-pointers from Connell. Nesbitt would answer with a three of his own late in the second. Proctor took the lead going into the half 26-25.
Hunter Therrien and Cade Nesbitt hit three-pointers in the first half of the third to keep it close, but as the quarter wore on, Proctor began to consistently hit their shots and take advantage of Twin Valley’s missed shots and turnovers. A three-point play by Ryan Petrini put Proctor in command at the end of the third with a 45-36 lead, their largest of the game.
The fourth quarter was visibly frustrating for the Wildcats. Even down by 13, they were still in it. The opportunities were there, but the Wildcats couldn’t convert on Proctor’s constant mistakes. Petrini would put Proctor up 54-41 with another three-point play, part of a 7-0 run.
Twin Valley’s half-court trap forced turnover after turnover, but Twin Valley simply couldn’t buy a basket. Eli Park got his team within eight with an offensive-rebound put-back shot to make it 54-46. The Phantoms allowed three more points but scored five of their own to seal the deal.
Lozito finished with nine points and nine assists. Dal Nesbitt finished with 13 points and five rebounds. Cade Nesbitt had nine points and four rebounds. Therrien had a season-high eight points, and Molner pitched in six points and six rebounds.
Connell had 16 points for Proctor.
The Wildcats hit the road for a pair of games. Tonight they are in West Rutland, and on Saturday they travel to Sheffield, MA, to take on Mount Everett Regional High.
On Tuesday, January 29, they host Black River. Game time is 6 pm.