Reserves play key role in FP win
CRYSTAL FALLS—Reserves in basketball have several responsibilities. They are tasked with pushing the starters in practice and offering emotional support and staying ready to play when called upon during games.
Sometimes, they are called upon in mass and asked to take over for a struggling or flat first team. That’s what happened during Forest Park’s Skyline Conference game against Superior Central at Eddie Chambers Gym on Feb. 10.
With his starters scuffling, Forest Park coach Chris Nocerini went with the “hockey shift,” bringing in five new players at one time, both early in the first quarter and early in the third quarter. Especially in the first quarter, the tactic worked, as the reserves pulled the Trojans out of an 8-3 hole and helped steady the ship. Eventually Forest Park righted itself enough to nip the Cougars 52-49.
FP’s second team overcame an 11-5 deficit with a 9-0 run in the first quarter to help the Trojans (6-8, 1-3 Skyline Central West) regain their balance after a sloppy and rather uninspired start.