Falcons snap four-game skid
The host Forest Lake Christian boys basketball team’s 2002 Christmas Classic first-round game with Sierra Christian (Rocklin) started out as a nip-and-tuck affair Friday.
The Falcons, who trailed by a deuce at the half, led by a scant two points after three quarters but exploded for 23 points in the final stanza to pull out a 71-63 win.
“We had lost four straight (coming into tonight), so it’s really nice to get back in the win column,” Falcon head coach Steve Gonet said.
FLC will face Jim Elliot Christian (Lodi), 107-60 winners over Maidu (Auburn), for the championship at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Mark Boatman led the Falcon charge with a career-high 31 points, including three three-pointers.
The 6-foot, 1-inch junior guard also tallied five rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals.
“Mark was very active, and when he’s active, he plays his best. He was aggressive on the boards and running the court,” Gonet said.
Falcon senior forward Taylor Lawrence finished with 22 points, three steals, two assists and a team-high 10 rebounds.
Chris Keller was saddled with foul trouble early, but finished with six points, including four-of-six free throws down the stretch.
“Offensively, Mark, Taylor and Chris are our main guys and the rest of the team will be role players,” Gonet said. “It’s just trying to get everyone to fit in with their roles right now.”
Gonet was also happy with the play of Colin Quin-Briggs in the paint.
The 6-foot, 3-inch senior post came off the bench to tally career-highs in points (7) and rebounds (7).
“I was really pleased with our rebounding. For the first time all season, we were very aggressive on the boards. Joel Baker did a great job of hustling and Colin was a big difference down the stretch,” Gonet said.
Forest Lake Christian 71,
Sierra Christian 63
Score by quarters
SC 13 20 13 17<63
FLC 17 14 17 23<71
(Player FG, FTM-FTA, TP)
SC<Douglas 4 0-0 14, Parsons 4 3-4 11, Rae 3 0-0 8, Casey 4 0-0 8, Van Allen 2 3-4 8, Van Dusin 1 1-4 3, Roenspie 1 0-0 2.
FLC< Boatman 10 7-10 31, Lawrence 10 0-2 22, Quin-Briggs 2 3-7 7, Keller 1 4-6 6, Baker 2 1-2 5.
Three-point field goals – Boatman 3, Douglas 3, Lawrence 2, Rae 2, Van Allen 1.
Fouled out – none.
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