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FLC boys bounced from playoffs

The 16th-seeded Forest Lake Christian boys basketball team’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoff run was cut short thanks to a 122-52 first-round loss to host No.1 Modesto Christian Wednesday.

The Falcons (13-12 overall), who missed the playoffs last season, were on the ropes early.

Modesto Christian opened the game with an 11-1 run, en route to a 34-7 first-quarter lead.



“That team is the real deal. From what I saw, they really have no business in Division V,” FLC head coach Steve Gonet said. “Their quickness was the hardest thing to deal with. Just about every player they put on the floor ran well.

“We lost two games to end the season (so) we were just happy to make it to the playoffs,” he added.




Chris Keller led the way for the Falcons with 14 points.

“Chris had a pretty good game for us,” Gonet said. “He was the one who was making all of the shots for us.”

Mark Boatman had nine points in the loss.

Grant Marple had eight points, including a pair of long-range 3-pointers.

Sam Metteer chipped in five points and a team best six rebounds. Serge Castleberry had seven points and five boards.

Nate Holt, who was pulled up from the junior varsity for the playoffs, had four points, four rebounds and blocked a team-high five shots.

“(That was) probably our bright spot. It was really nice to see that,” Gonet said.

While a lopsided loss wasn’t what Gonet had in mind for his team’s season finale, he remined upbeat.

“Overall I was very pleased. The boys worked hard every game,” he said. “There are a couple of games I’d like to have back, but overall, it was a fun year.”


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