Nocerini powers Trojans in return

By Peter Nocerini
CRYSTAL FALLS—The second half of Forest Park’s boys basketball season started at about 6:45 p.m. last Tuesday, Jan. 3.
    That was the moment Trojans senior Daniel Nocerini led his team out the door and onto the floor for pre-game warmups. It was his first action this season after recovering from football injuries suffered last November.
    An all-U.P. Class D first team selection last year, Nocerini had a hand in the Trojans’ first six points, played most of the game and led both teams with 23 points and 10 rebounds, as the Trojans defeated Watersmeet 60-36.
    “It helps having Daniel back,” said Chris Nocerini, his dad and coach, in a colossal understatement. About his 23-point night: “That’s what we expect out of him.”
    The win in FP’s lone game last week improves its record to 2-3 overall. The Trojans remain 1-2 in the Skyline Central standings.
    It may have only been the fifth game of a 20-game regular season, but the Red and Black looked like a rejuvenated squad with their senior leader back in action.
    “We’ve still got a long way to go,” said the coach later, noting that the other starters are still adjusting to the demands of varsity ball. “Everybody has to learn how to play together now.”

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