Trojans rip Mid Peninsula, 56-39
By RON DEUTER
CRYSTAL FALLS – Sophomore Kameron Krajewski returned to the Forest Park lineup with a game-high 13 points, as the unbeaten Trojans cruised to a 56-39 Skyline boys basketball victory over Mid Peninsula Wednesday evening.
“It was nice to get Krajewski back,” Forest Park coach Chris Nocerini said. “He hadn’t played since the first time we played Mid Pen. It was nice to see him on the floor, looking comfortable and dropping shots.”
A slow offensive start to the game for both teams saw Forest Park leave the first quarter with just a two-point lead, but the Trojans went to work in the second frame and opened a 12-point margin for a lead that would never be threatened.
Forest Park forced the Wolverines into 18 turnovers while only committing six of its own.
“Our team tries to spark everything from the defensive end of the floor, and that’s what we did tonight,” Nocerini said. “And we ran the floor nice.”
The Trojans turned in another night of balanced scoring, with Austin Snell, Daniel Nocerini and Lee Graff all totaling 11 points behind Krajewski’s 13.
“It was a good win tonight,” Nocerini said. “We got see to some different kids perform. We’ve been in some tight games, so it’s was good to get everybody playing and giving them an opportunity to show what they are capable of doing.”
Brandon Stone’s 13 points paced the Wolverines, who never were able to get the Trojans’ lead under double digits in the second half.
Forest Park’s jayvees, with Billy Ragio pouring in 18 points, rolled 70-35.
Forest Park, now 10-0, heads to visit No. 1 North Central Friday night.
“It’s been a tough battle to 10-0 (7-0), and now we’ll get a chance to find out what we’ve got,” Nocerini said.
Mid Peninsula 9 8 11 11 – 39
Forest Park 11 18 12 15 – 56
MID PENINSULA: C. Branstrom 7, Winkelbauer 7, T. Branstrom 2, Richmond 4, Stone 13, Pellin 6. FT: 8-11. F: 14.
FOREST PARK: Snell 11, Krajewski 13, Nocerini 11, Johnson 2, Tomasik 2, Graff 11, Smithson 5, Carlson 1. FT: 6-17. F: 9.
FG shooting – MP: 15-46 (3pt: 1-11); FP: 23-66 (3-pt: 4-13). 3-pt FGs – MP: C. Branstrom; FP: Krajewski (2), Snell, Smithson. Rebounding – MP: 40 (Barron 6, C. Branstrom 6); FP: 42 (Nocerini 7).