Justin Forrest's knee to the head proves to be a motivator for No. 12 Greenforest Christian

Justin Forrest's knee to the head proves to be a motivator for No. 12 Greenforest Christian

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Justin Forrest's knee to the head proves to be a motivator for No. 12 Greenforest Christian

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Justin Forsett helped Greenforest Christian to the finals of the Chick-fil-A Classic (Photo: Forrest AAU)

Justin Forrest helped Greenforest Christian to the finals of the Chick-fil-A Classic (Photo: Forrest AAU)

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Greenforest Christian Academy (Decatur, Ga.) point guard Justin Forrest wasn’t even supposed to be playing; a fact that Lower Richland School (Hopkins, S.C.) no doubt wished would’ve been a reality.

“I got kneed in the head diving for a ball in our last game and then my head hit the ground,” said Forrest, a junior point guard. “When I went to the hospital, they said the cut had opened up and I’d need stitches, but that would put me out five days. I was never gonna do that so I just had them use some type of glue so I could play.”

Forrest did it all in the No. 12 Eagles’ 82-62 victory against the Diamond Hornets Monday night at the Chick-fil-A Classic, posting 20 points, six steals, six assists and four rebounds.

They’ll face the winner of Monday’s semifinal between Hammond School (Columbia, S.C.) and Spring Valley (Columbia, S.C.) in the title game Tuesday night.

“I wasn’t worried about the cut over my eye, I just wanted to play better,” Forrest said. “We beat Providence Day, but we didn’t play the way we’re capable of playing. We can’t afford to take games off, we’re trying to be the best.”

The Eagles won the Chick-fil-A Classic title last year and are aspiring to take things a step further this season.

“We definitely want to win a national title,” Forrest said. “When I think about it now I think playing that close game was good for us because we hadn’t played one of those in a while. We came out and played a lot better today. I guess sometimes you’ve gotta be pushed around.”

Or kneed in the head.

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