Trojans step it up, end Jets’ home unbeaten run

CRYSTAL FALLS—Look out, world. Forest Park’s boys basketball team has stepped up its game as it recorded a pair of milestone wins last week.
    On Jan. 30 at home, the Trojans took command against Stephenson in the second quarter, earning a 66-50 victory and giving their coach Chris Nocerini his 100th win as a varsity coach.
    Three nights later, he got win No. 101 at North Central, a place where no visitor had won in the last five years. FP’s 66-52 win over the Jets was only North Central’s third loss of the season.
    The Jets’ last home loss before this appears to be in double overtime to North Dickinson back on Jan. 7, 2013—five years ago, before NC’s three straight unbeaten seasons and three state state Class D titles.
    That made it a sweet victory for that other team that wears red and black.
    “When you open up with a five-point lead,” Nocerini said, “and you hold that lead right to the end of the game—that was a great evening of watching the kids put it together on both ends of the floor.”
    The two wins improve the Trojans’ season record to 8-6, 6-4 in the Skyline Central Conference.
    The key factor in Forest Park’s improved play is better shooting from the floor. For that, the coach credits volunteer assistant Chad Martin.

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