7-man Trojans stop Carney in OT
Adam Hilberg sees an opening, but it’s already closing as Carney-Nadeau’s Michael Baumler moves in. Hilberg led Forest Park with 20 points in the Trojans’ 58-54 win.
CRYSTAL FALLS—The schedule said it was just a regular season game for Forest Park’s boys at the Eddie Chambers Gym last Friday.
The emotion said otherwise.
“This was a tournament atmosphere-type game,” Coach Chris Nocerini said after the Trojans defeated Carney-Nadeau 58-54 in overtime Feb. 27.
“I’m very proud. We had to circle the wagons, with a few kids playing different positions. We found out a lot about ourselves tonight. For the seven we had, we’re strong.”
The win was even sweeter because only seven Forest Park players dressed. Senior Lee Graff watched in street clothes after rolling an ankle in practice the night before.
Graff’s status for the rematch with North Central on March 3 was unknown over the weekend. FP enters its final regular season game with a 16-3 overall record, 9-3 in the Skyline Central Conference.
Earlier last week, the Trojans got to relax during a 72-32 win over Niagara on Feb. 23. The game was about taking care of business, and Adam Hilberg did a lot of the taking in the first quarter. Hilberg connected on three 3-pointers in the first quarter, as the Trojans asserted themselves early, leading 26-15 after one.
Austin Carlson did plenty of asserting himself, scoring 11 points in the first quarter and 19 for the game. The last two came on a no-doubt-about-it dunk in the fourth quarter off a pass from Graff. When Carlson put the ball down with both paws, it boosted FP’s lead to 40 points, starting the running clock with six minutes left.
Carlson’s wasn’t the only dunk of the game. Daniel Nocerini surprised the crowd with one of his own about midway through a dominant third quarter, in which. FP outscored the Badgers 20-8.
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