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Trojans remain just shy of .500

CRYSTAL FALLS—The Forest Park boys basketball team has remained around the breakeven mark throughout the season so far. In fact, after dropping their first two games of the campaign, the Trojans have stayed within one game above or one game below .500.
    After a win and a loss last week in Skyline Central Conference action, the Trojans are 6-7 as they enter the final weeks of the regular season.
    The week started with a 49-38 victory over Stephenson on Jan. 4 at Eddie Chambers Gymnasium. The week concluded with a 52-43 defeat at North Central.
    Against the Eagles (1-11), the Trojans held a 7-4 lead as the teams warmed to the task. Forest Park extended its advantage to 22-14 at halftime but Stephenson narrowed the margin to 37-33 after three quarters. The Trojans finished off the victory with a strong fourth quarter, outscoring the Eagles 12-5 in the final eight minutes.
    Tommy Showers led the Trojans with 13 points, followed by Keall Emmers with 12 and Gabe Scarlassara with seven and Tommy Peltoma with six.
    FP coach Kurt Lehmann liked his team’s balance offensively and its rebounding efforts.
    “It was good to see a more equaled-out scoring and being able to have everyone score. Emmers and Showers both had good nights with Emmers showing good vision and Showers have a good rebounding night.
    “Even when Peltoma didn’t get the ball, he had an impact on a lot of other rebounds that made a difference.”
    The Trojans finished their week with a trip to Powers to face the Jets (8-4). The teams battled to a 12-all tie after the opening eight minutes with NC taking a 27-26 lead into the second half. The Jets built a 12-point lead in the third quarter and were able to hold off the Trojans down the stretch.

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