The Wildcats faced Franklin High School Saturday afternoon in the Terry Porter Classic. The Wildcats (1-1) would be facing a hungry Franklin Saber (0-0) team who were competing in their first game of the season in front of a large crowd at South Division.
The Sabers got off to a quick start led by their senior forward Max Alba who converted on tough shots around the basket and from the outside. The Wildcats fought back to keep the game close through clutch shots from seniors Ronald Woodland and Isaiah Glosson who both converted on long three pointers midway through the first half. The teams battled throughout the period and the Sabers took a 35-33 lead into halftime.
The second half stayed close between the two teams. Franklin continued to make tough shots behind Alba who finished with 28 points. Junior guard Marquis Barry helped to keep the Wildcats close scoring 10 of his team high 18 points in the second half. However, the Wildcats struggled from the free throw line and that is what doomed them in the end. A couple of late misses from the line allowed the Sabers to hold on to the lead and come out with a 63-61 victory over the Wildcats.
The Wildcats will have a quick turnaround as they face the Milwaukee Academy of Science on Tuesday when they look to get back on the winning track.