FP boys take 11-9 mark into tourney

CRYSTAL FALLS—Back on Feb. 2, when Forest Park’s boys basketball team ended North Central’s five-year home unbeaten streak, the Trojans made the most of great shooting—61 percent from the floor all night.
    But Forest Park’s shooting wasn’t as sharp during the regular season finale Feb. 27, while the Jets were all business, led most of the night, got a hand from the refs and went home with a 48-40 win.
    The Trojans go into this week’s District 127 tournament with a 11-9 overall record and facing a pretty tall task—challenging 19-1 Ewen-Trout Creek on the Panthers’ home floor March 5.
    “It’s game 20,” remarked coach Chris Nocerini just after the final horn against the Jets. “I’m OK with things. I know what that group can do. It’s just me putting them in a good position to succeed.
    “I thought they came through for us. They tightened up defensively in the second half.”
    Until the final minutes, when it became a North Central free throw shooting exhibition, the season finale was a humdinger. The teams swapped points for most of the first quarter before the Jets went on a 10-0 run that put them ahead 20-10 early in the second quarter.

  To view more, please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.