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Forest Lake falls at home, hopes to return big next year

Falcons can't hang with Bradshaw Christian
By: Todd Mordhorst / Special to the Journal
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LAKE OF THE PINES — It only felt like Bradshaw Christian had 10 men on the floor in the first quarter of Forest Lake Christian’s Div. V playoff opener Wednesday night. 
The Pride’s defensive ferocity stunned the Falcons, who committed six straight turnovers to start the game and never truly recovered in a 72-39 loss. Forest Lake’s season ends with a 19-8 record while Bradshaw moves on to face Capital Christian on Friday night.
Coach Jason Camacho drilled his Falcons all week to prep for the full-court pressure, but the Pride squeezed passing lanes and wreaked havoc with their quickness and physicality.
“We didn’t expect them to come out and play defense the way they did,” said Forest Lake junior Chase Augustino, who was held without a field goal in the contest. “They’ve played Division IV teams all season and they play Division V in the playoffs. It’s a different level for us.”
After averaging 65 points per game on the season, the seventh-seeded Falcons struggled to get open looks against No. 10 Bradshaw. They hit just 1 of 13 three-point attempts. 
Despite their offensive slump, Forest Lake showed signs of life in the second quarter. Junior Luke Jordan came up with a steal and a layup to beat the buzzer and bring the Falcons to within 35-21 at halftime. 
Bradshaw stepped on the gas in the third however, as guards Dominic Bromstead and Isaiah Brooks did much of the damage. They combined for 43 points in the game. 
“We knew Forest Lake likes to get out and go so we wanted to get up and pressure them and not let them get into their offense,” Bradshaw coach Mike Ruble said. “We had some injuries and so we’re just getting our main group together. We’ve had to make some adjustments, but we’re playing well right now.”
Brandon Camacho, the youngest son of the Forest Lake coach, finished with 10 points and four rebounds in his final game as a Falcon. Jesse Poppin and Roman Makovey had six points and eight rebounds apiece. 
Coach Camacho said he was proud of the progress the team made throughout the season. With just two senior starters, Forest Lake will look to take another step forward in 2013-14.
“We grew spiritually as a team,” Camacho said. “We knew we had a strong JV group coming in from last year and we started blending and getting together this season. We have a lot of kids in this junior class that can play, so we’re excited for next year.”