Forest Lake Christian boys foiled |

Forest Lake Christian boys foiled

Steve Gonet says it almost seems as if his Falcons are hit with a bout of amnesia from time to time this season.

Consider Friday night’s 87-77 Central Valley Christian League loss to visiting Country Day as Exhibit “A.”

Forest Lake Christian (10-8 overall, 4-4 CVCL) fell behind the Cavs 40-29 at the half, but turned things around in the third quarter, scratching and clawing their way to a 44-44 score with 3:30 to go in the period.

“Then we forgot what we did to get back in the game,” Gonet said. “And that’s the bottom line. We did the things that got us back in it and then it’s like we forget what got us to that point.”

The Falcons climbed back into contention through sheer hustle on both ends of the floor.

After allowing Country Day guard Eric Norton to light them up for 20 first-half points, the Falcons tightened the ship early in the second half. Country Day (12-6, 4-4) hit just one of its first six field goal attempts after the break, including an 0-for-4 spell from Norton, and turned the ball over on four of their first 12 possessions.

Meanwhile, FLC tore off a 12-0 run over two and a half minutes. Senior Mark Boatman scored eight of those points and classmate Joel Baker added the other four. But it was the boardwork of junior Sam Metteer, who wiped the window clean for five rebounds in the period, including two offensive, that sprang FLC back to life.

When Boatman, who finished with a team-high 32 points, scored on a lob pass from point guard Kevin Farnum, the game was tied for the first time since the opening quarter.

“(Coach) wanted us to just play harder and work the ball inside out, instead of shooting over the top,” said Metteer who scored 19 points on the night. “We did that and caught up, but then we started shooting over the top again.”

The problem was those shots didn’t fall.

The Falcons hit just 8 for 21 from the floor in the fourth quarter.

On the other end, Norton returned to his first-half form, scoring 14 of his game-high 40 in the final period.

It was a story all to familiar for the Falcons coach, especially over the past two weeks in which FLC has found the win column just once in four games. It’s particularly frustrating for Gonet, considering Forest Lake Christian won four of its first five league games this season.

“The last four games we have not been ready to play,” said Gonet, whose Falcons host CVCL-leading Sacramento Waldorf (13-3, 7-0) Tuesday. “We’ve forgotten how to win and it’s going to take some effort to get that back.”

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