Trojans power past Nordics, Sup. Central
The Trojans’ Adam Hilberg brushes past a North Dickinson defender after spotting a path to the basket.
CRYSTAL FALLS—Forest Park’s boys last week got back at North Dickinson for that surprise loss Jan. 27 in Nordics Country. But it took them 24 hours to get the job done.
That’s because a power outage stopped the rematch early in the second half, delaying its completion until the next night. With Forest Park leading 41-7 when the lights went out, the game was essentially over already.
The Trojans completed their 61-15 win Feb. 11 and followed that with a 65-34 victory over Superior Central on Feb. 13. The twin wins boost FP’s record to 12-3 overall and 7-3 in the Skyline Central Conference.
The story of that surprising 57-53 loss at ND last month was simple: A good team had a bad night, while the fired-up Nordics had a great night before the home fans. All that turned around on Feb. 10 (and 11).
Stampede! Forest Park scored the game’s first 20 points, while every ND shot missed and was gobbled up by the Trojans.
FP’s team stats claimed an incredible 63-23 edge in rebounds. It sure seemed that way. Daniel Nocerini and Austin Carlson were both credited with 13 boards, Adam Hilberg had eight and Lee Graff had six.
The stat sheet also said FP made 12 of 20 shots from the floor—60 percent—in the first quarter. The Nordics: 0 of 13. No wonder so many rebounds were available.
Anyway, it was overwhelming: Graff scored off the opening tip, followed by Nocerini, Carlson, Nocerini again, Kam Krajewski for three, Hilberg, Carlson and Graff.
ND got its first point (a free throw) with 1:17 left in the quarter. The Nordics’ first basket