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FERDINAND—Forest Park hit its first six shots from the field in the third quarter to pull away to a 67-53 boys basketball victory over Perry Central Wednesday.
The first half was close all the way, with both teams hitting below 40 percent from the field.
The teams were never separated by more than three points until Nathan Bromm scored on a drive to put Forest Park up 26-22 at halftime.
The Rangers improved their shooting in the second half, though.
They hit 6 of 6 from the field and 2 of 3 free throws in the first 4:13 of the third quarter to expand their lead to 41-28.
“The first half we were right there,” said Perry Central Coach Matt Carter. “We were not shooting it real well but our half-court defense was good.
“In the third quarter they went one-on-one and hit a couple of tough shots in the lane to start the second half.”
Bromm hit two eight-footers on the move in the first 28 seconds of the third quarter.
A junior guard listed at 6-foot-4, “he has been a good player for three years now,” said Carter. “He’s the one who kind of got them going in the second half.”
Reserve center Lynk Kordes also hit two inside shots, Caleb Williams made a three-point play on an inside basket and free throw, and Kyle Wilgus hit a three-pointer on an assist from Bromm in the Rangers’ hot start to that quarter.
They scored their other point in that stretch on a free throw by Colin Welp, who was fouled in transition after a Ranger steal.
Perry Central did fight back within seven points, 57-50, on a three-pointer by Trevor King with two minutes left in the game.
Forest Park replied with a three-point play on a press-breaking layup and free throw, though.
The Rangers outshot the Commodores from the field 46.2 percent to 34.0 percent for the game and 59.1 percent to 30.4 percent in the second half.
“We can play better as far as executing our offense and putting the ball in the basket,” said Carter. “But as far as intensity and effort, this was one of our better games. I thought we competed for four quarters.”
Alex Rogier led 6-10 Perry Central with 15 points. Ian Hahus added 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Bromm scored 15 points to lead the 12-6 Rangers.
Forest Park won the junior varsity game 55-42.