Posted On: 03/24/21 9:33 AM

Forest Hills Central 52, Rockford 51

I was lucky enough to catch the best matchup of opening night in person and it certainly did not disappoint. The Rockford-Forest Hills Central game was a quick reminder of what we missed out on last season. Two premier West Michigan programs going punch for punch until the final buzzer.

Rockford controlled the first three and a half quarters of this one, led by Sam Krist Sam Krist 6'5" | PF Rockford | 2021 State MI ’s 20-point showing. Sam used his quick-step and length to drive the Ranger defense and get high percentage looks at the rim. He also showcased a beauty of a step back, knocking down a perimeter jumper at the buzzer of the second quarter. Those skills will continue to develop and refine at the next step of his career at the US Naval Academy.

Rockford’s Jack Lamancusa was a workhorse on the boards all evening. Every 50/50 ball off the glass seemed to be corralled by Jack, helping extend possessions and create second-chance scoring opportunities for Rockford.

Throughout the majority of the game it felt like Rockford was on the verge of extending its lead to double digits, and every time Conner Milton was there to get a

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