Trojan boys start new year with three wins
CRYSTAL FALLS — After dropping their first two games of the season in December, the Forest Park Trojans entered the new year looking to quickly reverse that trend and at least get one win in their first week back into action after the break.
Turns out they got three.
Forest Park used a big fourth quarter to overcome visiting Mid Peninsula 49-44 on Jan. 6 for its initial victory. Then the Trojans went on the road and edged Norway 41-40 on Jan. 9 before returning home and rolling over Superior Central 60-40 at Eddie Chambers Gymnasium.
Just that quick, the Trojans went from winless to 3-2.
“It was obviously a big week,” said first-year FP coach Kurt Lehmann. “It’s not easy playing on back-to-back nights and to be able to win all of them was huge. The guys really started to understand what it takes to win and really showed some heart being able to win all three.”
In the week’s opener, the Trojans went cold in the second and third quarters, scoring only 10 points over that 16-minute span, and trailed Mid Peninsula 34-25 to begin the fourth. But Forest Park responded with a 24-point fourth quarter to upend the Wolverines (3-4).
Tommy Showers led the Trojans with 19 points to go with 18 from Keall Emmers and 10 from Gavin Johnson.
“Keall and Showers definitely carried us in this one,” Lehmann said. “We started off good getting stops and good transition game, but the second and third quarters were really slow. Showers and Keall both hit big free throws late in the game to help control the win.
“Keall had a lot of success going to the rim and Showers really played well on both sides of the court. Gavin ... hit a few big shots to help aid the comeback.”
The Trojans overcame a 25-point effort from Mid Peninsula’s Zach Englund to give Lehmann his first win as FP coach.