FP’s hot start cools at Norway

CRYSTAL FALLS—After a 2½-week break in the schedule, Forest Park’s boys returned to action at Norway Jan. 4, did well in the first quarter but got outplayed by the Knights after that in a 44-38 loss.    The defeat gives the Trojans a 4-2 overall record, 2-1 in the Skyline Central Conference. (Last week’s Norway game doesn’t count in the conference standings. The rematch, at FP on Feb. 13, will.)
    Outside of a scrimmage with Republic-Michigamme over the holiday break, the Trojans had not experienced game-like conditions since their Dec. 18 win over Florence. But they came out well in the first quarter against Norway, jumping off to an early 10-2 lead. They were ahead 15-7 after one.
    “It was a good night of basketball after two weeks off,” FP coach Chris Nocerini reported. “We had a great first quarter.”
    Momentum started turning when Norway pressured the ball more in the second and third quarters, forcing turnovers that the Knights converted into points. The hosts also got tougher near their net, usually holding the Trojans to one shot on offense and snapping up any rebounds.
    Fouls were also a problem: Norway got into the double bonus for the final minutes of the first half. FP still led 22-20 at halftime, but Norway’s 14-7 third quarter put the home team ahead 34-29 after three.

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