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Eileen JoyceForest Lake Christian's Taylor Lawrence drives the baseline in Tuesday's win over Woodland Christian.
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The Forest Lake Christian varsity boys basketball team pulled off its biggest upset of the season with its 66-64 home court win over Woodland Christian Tuesday.

FLC, which entered the game in the Central Valley Christian League’s sixth spot and near the bottom of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Power Ratings, handed second place Woodland Christian only its second league loss of the year.

“This was big. The last time we played them, we just fell apart and they beat us by 20,” FLC first-year head coach Steve Gonet said. “Tonight, the kids really played.”



Matt Boatman and Taylor Lawrence combined for 49 points to lead the way for the hosts.

“When they gave me the opportunity to score, I took it,” Boatman, who finished with a team-high 28 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, and five rebounds.




Lawrence, a senior, tallied 21 points along with three assists and a team-high seven rebounds.

“Their experience showed through tonight,” Gonet said of Boatman and Lawrence. “And they did that within the framework of the system. Earlier in the year, they may not have done that. That shows how much they’ve matured.”

FLC led by a deuce after the first eight minutes, but was outscored 21-13 in the second stanza to trail by six at the half.

“At the half, we talked about how our defense had to step up in the second half,” Boatman added.

The Falcons, thanks to defensive gems from Jared Fore, Joel Baker and David Matson among others, pulled to within four points after three, then outpaced Woodland Christian 20-14 in the final quarter to squeak out the win.

“Everybody contributed tonight. It was a team win,” Gonet added.

Fore and Baker finished with five points each. Aaron Johnson chipped in five points and Chris Keller had three in the win.

FLC’s JV moved to 9-0 in league with a 74-41 win.

The Falcons will host Sacramento Country Day 8 p.m. Friday.


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