Forest Park starts 2-0
Max Nylund finds a lane to the basket past three Big Bay de Noc defenders during the Trojans’ 60-19 win on Dec. 7.
CRYSTAL FALLS—Two up, two down. Tougher opponents are coming up very soon (this week, in fact), but Forest Park’s boys got their 2017-18 season off to the best possible start last week.
The new campaign opened with a 58-41 win at Mid Peninsula on Dec. 4, one that the Trojans controlled almost from the start. Then they made their home debut Dec. 7 against Big Bay de Noc and basically had a walkover—a 60-19 win.
The Trojans take a 2-0 record (both overall and Superior Central Conference) into this week’s home games with West Iron and Rapid River.
“You saw the [benefits of the team’s] summer work tonight,” FP coach Chris Nocerini noted after the Big Bay blowout. “These kids do well together. And it’s just the start.
“We’re very vanilla right now. We had four practices and a scrimmage, and then we went to Mid Pen.”
Key to the Trojans’ win in that game was their defense: They held the Wolverines to 13 points in the first half while scoring 30 themselves.
Riley Hendrickson and Max Nylund both hit big shots in the first quarter; Daniel Franz entered in the second quarter and hit a 3-pointer. “I don’t think our shooting is where we want it to be right now,” Nocerini noted, “but it’s further ahead than it has been in years past.”
Late in the half, the Trojans started rushing shots. “We weren’t being patient with ourselves. Realizing we’re up by a bundle—let’s get some good shots and control the tempo of the game.” FP tightened it up in the second half.