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Sweet 16 boys basketball countdown: No. 11 Forest Hills

Forest Hills reached the state semifinals last season and hopes to go one game farther this season
Forest Hills reached the state semifinals last season and hopes to go one game farther this season

NO. 11 FOREST HILLS YELLOW JACKETS

Head Coach: Matt Sides (6th year as Forest Hills’ basketball coach; 10th year overall).

Coaching Career Record: 160-88 overall; 103-40 at Forest Hills.

2016-17 Record: 26-5 (9-1 in the Rocky River Conference).

2017-18 Conference: Rocky River 2A Conference.

Returning Starters (4): Nas Tyson, Jr., G (6-1); Jaleel McLaughlin, Sr., G (5-11); Jai Rorie, Jr., G (5-9); Keeshawn Taylor, Jr., F (6-3).

Other Key Returnees: Trey Brelin, Jr., F (6-3); Cam Richardson, Jr., G, (5-7); Josh Owens, So., F (6-3).

Key Newcomers: Jamylan Blakeney, Fr., F (6-6).

Outlook: Forest Hills has won 54 games in the last two seasons, winning back-to-back, Rocky River conference titles while also going to the 2A state semifinals (Final 4) in each campaign. This year, Forest Hills could be even better with four starters back led by Tyson (21 ppg. 8 rpg), Rorie (15 ppg/hit 132 three-pointers last season) and McLaughlin (11 ppg) in the backcourt, while junior forward, Trey Brelin returns from a knee injury and 6-foot-6, freshman Jamylan Blakeney (Division I prospect) will bolster the frontcourt. Forest Hills has many reasons to believe this is their year to win a state championship, now they to go out and prove it.

--JAY EDWARDS

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