Proctor's boys basketball team, trailing 30-15 midway through the second quarter on Tuesday night, had Grand Rapids right where they wanted them.

"It seems like it takes us a little while to get started," said Rails head coach Rory Johnson, who watched his team erase the sizeable Thunderhawks lead with a four-minute ambush. When the smoke cleared, Proctor trailed by just a single point and was well on its way to stunning the formerly undefeated Thunderhawks, 64-55.

"We didn't execute very well with the 15-point lead," said Thunderhawks head coach Rod Eidelbes. "There were five times in a row that we came down the court without getting a shot at the basket."

And Proctor (2-1) took advantage of every missed Grand Rapids (4-1) opportunity, led by seniors Mike Muckala and Scott Wojtysiak who combined for 37 points, 15 of which came in the game's second half.

But Proctor's best offense was its defense on Tuesday. The Rails held the potent Grand Rapids attack well under its season average of 79 points per game and blanketed the team's sensational sophomore guard Eric Webb, who managed just 13 points.

"A player like that is going to be the focal point of the other team's defense," said Eidelbes. "And tonight, Proctor did a pretty good job."

To his credit, Webb looked for and received help from junior guard Dom Flood who poured in a team-high 14 points for the Thunderhawks.

"We played great in spurts, but we didn't keep it consistent," said Eidelbes. "In practice, we talk about playing 32 minutes of defense and tonight we only played 16."

Which left Proctor with 16 minutes to attack. It proved to be more than enough for the Rails, who really only needed four.

Jayson Hron is the sports editor at the Duluth Budgeteer News, a member of the Murphy McGinnis Newspapers.