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PREP BASKETBALL: Forest Park boys clinch first state tournament berth in five years

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Sophomore center Justin Eboigbe led Forest Park with 16 points in Wednesday's state tournament clinching win over Mount Zion. (Staff Photo)

Sophomore center Justin Eboigbe led Forest Park with 16 points in Wednesday’s state tournament clinching win over Mount Zion. (Staff Photo)

 

 

By Staff Reports

TUCKER, Ga. — It was an unlikely “big three” that came up huge for the Forest Park Panthers in their 52-47 win over Mount Zion in the first round of the Region 4-AAAAAA tournament at Tucker High School.

Seniors Avery Wilson and Jahseel Herbert paced the Panthers with 14 and 13 points respectively, but it was sophomore big man Justin Eboigbe who may have been the surprise difference maker.

The 6-foot-6 post player had a team-high 16 points to lead Forest Park which, with the win, secured its first state tournament berth since 2012 when it lost in the first round to 78-65 to Alcovy.

Forest Park increased its overall record to 12-13 under first year coach Jay Jones who took over midseason after coach Steven Love left the program. The Panthers will next play on Friday at 8:30 p.m. against the winner of the Jonesboro-MLK matchup currently in progress.

The Panthers have lost twice to Jonesboro this season, including an 84-36 defeat to the Cardinals during Jonesboro’s senior night this past Saturday. Forest Park swept the two-game season series with MLK.

Check back later for more on Forest Park’s win.

 

 

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