CRYSTAL FALLS—Forest Park’s boys team returned from the holidays Jan. 2 by earning a solid 66-39 win at Watersmeet.
The win improves FP’s record to 5-0 overall, 3-0 in the Skyline Conference.
After a two-week break in the schedule, the Trojans were ready to rock and built up a 43-22 lead by halftime. Four different players scored four points each in the first quarter, as FP built an 18-10 lead.
In the second frame, Austin Snell broke away with 10 points, while Lee Graff added six more in a 25-12 quarter.
“I was really happy with the defense and energy we showed,” Coach Chirs Nocerini reported. “We ran the floor very well.
“Just a good, well-rounded team effort.”
The coach noted that his team went into the locker room at halftime with a lot of momentum—and kept it going in the second half. “In years past, we’ve come out with leads and kind of backed off. They realized this and kept on going.”
Nocerini also said the Trojans still have a lot of room for improvement. “Little things here and there. We’ve got to keep working. We have a long way to go this season.”
He also noted that the players are realizing the importance of being strong at both ends of the court. “The intensity has to be there every night defensively, because it sparks our offense.”
Austin Carlson, who scored eight in the fourth quarter, led Forest Park in points (15) and rebounds (11). Snell finished with 14, Graff added 12, and Daniel Nocerini scored nine, to go with seven rebounds.
Damen Baldwin (10) and Israel Bolton (9) led the Nimrods.
Trojans 18 25 11 12 -- 66
Nimrods 10 12 6 11 -- 39
• The visit to Watersmeet was FP’s only game last week, and the Trojans have just one this week: at home against Kingsford on Jan. 7.
The team hits the road for games at Bark River-Harris (Jan. 13) and West Iron (Jan. 16) before hosting North Dickinson on Jan. 21, the first of three straight at home.