Trojan boys notch much-needed win vs. Broncos

CRYSTAL FALLS—As prep basketball teams head into the final weeks of the regular season, there is a premium on building momentum. Or at least to avoid a slump.
    After suffering three straight losses, including two earlier in the week, the Forest Park Trojans were faced with the latter – how to avoid going down for the fourth consecutive time with just one week left in the regular season.
    Buoyed by a blazing start, the Trojans did just that, scoring 27 points in the first quarter on their way to a 75-67 victory over Bark River-Harris in Harris. Tommy Showers led five FP players in double figures with 16 points as the Trojans stopped their three-game skid and avenged an earlier defeat to the Broncos.
    The importance of the win was not lost on FP coach Chris Nocerini.
    “That was huge and we needed it,” he said. “To me, it was a must win heading into the last week of the regular season.”
    Riley Hendrickson and Keall Emmers contributed 15 points each, while Tommy Peltoma and Max Nylund scored 11 a piece as the Trojans exploded for their highest point total of the season after averaging just 40 points per game during their losing streak.
    Any team, especially a rather young one like Forest Park, would suffer doubts after losing three straight, but Nocerini said he didn’t lose confidence in his players.
    “You have to have confidence in your team,” he said. “It would be different if these kids hadn’t (made) shots in the past, but they have.”

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