FP traps Wolves after loss at ND
The Trojans’ Daniel Nocerini tries to get around a North Dickinson defender, while the ref and the vigilant Nordics’ fans watch closely.
CRYSTAL FALLS—Two tough tests on the road against conference foes—that was the challenge facing Forest Park’s boys team last week.
After never really getting their game in sync at North Dickinson in a 57-53 defeat Jan. 27, the Trojans put a strong game together at Carney-Nadeau Jan. 30 and went home with a 47-40 victory.
FP coach Chris Nocerini’s squad now has a 10-2 record overall and is 5-2 in the Skyline Central Conference. This Friday: a showdown against unbeaten North Central, ranked second in last week’s U.P. Class D poll, at home.
The Trojans were ranked fourth in that poll, but the Nordics were ready to defend their home court and led 14-12 after one. They expanded the lead to 20-12 two minutes into the second quarter.
The Trojans fought back with a 16-6 run, including seven points from Lee Graff, five from Daniel Nocerini and four from Austin Carlson. Nocerini, coming off an ankle injury, entered the game midway through the first quarter, played the rest of the way and hit a three just as the halftime horn sounded, putting the Trojans ahead 28-26.
ND led for most of the third quarter, but Kam Krajewski’s free throws gave FP a slender 38-37 lead entering the fourth. But the gauge hit “E” right around then.
FP seemed a half step behind the Nordics all night, and ND made its move with a 13-3 rally, fueled by a two and three from Reggie Johnson and four free throws, to go