Forest Lake Christian fell behind early at home Tuesday night, but came roaring back scoring 27 points in the second quarter and 30 in the third on its way to a 74-50 walloping of Foresthill.
The Falcons opened the game on a 10-4 run, but hit a road block midway through the first quarter as Foresthill was able to put together a string of shots and stepped up its defense.
The Wildfires forced three consecutive turnovers to close out the quarter on a 14-0 run to take an 18-10 lead.
After draining a jump shot to begin the second quarter Foresthill led by 10 points, but that’s as big as its lead would get. The Falcons turned up the heat on the Wildfires with their press defense, forcing turnovers and setting up easy shots which enabled them to get back in the game.
“We haven’t run our press since preseason,” said head coach Jason Camacho. “(Foresthill) is a good team, but our press kind of bothered them.”
J.J. Griffiths was fouled while knocking down a 3-pointer and went to the line to complete the 4-point-play giving the Falcons a 24-21 advantage. Foresthill would have one last grasp at the lead when it made a pair of free-throw to go up 27-26, but Griffiths had the hot hand answering again from downtown to put the Falcons right back on top. Forest Lake Christian led 37-31 at the break.
“At halftime the coach was telling us to slow down and make more passes,” said guard Brandon Camacho. “We started hitting our shots, 3-pointers and lay-ups.”
The third quarter was all Falcons as Brandon Camacho stepped on defense with steals that led to transition baskets.
Luke Jordan began taking over on offense for FLC, slicing to the basket for consecutive scores to give his team a 43-32 lead, which was part of an 18-9 run. Brandon Camacho later found his shooter’s touch as he dropped in a pair of 3-pointers and scored a layup after gathering in an offensive board. Forest Lake Christian led 67-46 heading into the final quarter.
Brandon Camacho finished with 12 points to go with eight steals and six rebounds, including the two 3-pointers. Griffiths also contributed 12 points, including three 3-pointers. As a team the Falcons were 6-of-20 from behind the arc while the Wildfires never got hot from deep, shooting 1-of-14 from 3-point range.
“After my first 3-pointer it was like let’s go, let’s play,” added Brandon Camacho.
Jordan led the team in scoring with 19 points, shooting 8-of-13 from the floor. Forest Lake Christian was 14-of-20 inside the paint and held Foresthill to just 10-of-26. The Wildfires did manage to pull in more offensive rebounds than the Falcons, but they were mainly due to misses off their 3-point shots. Foresthill only converted 33 percent of its 2-point attempts.
“We came out slow, but then we kicked up our intensity,” said Jordan. “We moved the ball more and hit our shots from outside. Later in the fourth we were able to work the clock more.”
The Falcons showed little signs of fatigue as they were able to work everybody into the game off the bench and keep their defensive tempo up holding Foresthill to just four points in the fourth quarter.
Forest Lake Christian (15-7, 5-3) hosts Victory Christian Friday.
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