Rockets split turkey classic

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Forrest Rockets grabbed the turkey wishbone Friday night and broke off the big end, winning a close 44-39 contest over the Richland Raiders.

The Rockets came out of the gate strong, scoring the games' first nine points.

Ferris Perkins' rebound and put-back got the Rockets on the board on their first possession and after a Raider miss, Preston Pratt went downtown for three for a 5-0 Forrest lead.

Two Perkins fouls shots made it seven zip and Seth Brothers extended the lead to 9-0 with bucket in the paint, forcing a Richland timeout at the 5:27 mark.

Cameron Edwards finally got the Raiders in the scoring column after the timeout, but a scoring drought set in for both squads the rest of the period as Forrest maintained the 9-2 after eight minutes of play.

The Rockets asserted themselves in the second period with the score 11-4.

Forrest sliced and diced their way to a 14-point run to lead 25-4 with three minutes to play in the half.

Pratt did the heavy damage in the pull away run, scoring eight points, including two long three bombs from the rafters.

The Rockets held a comfortable, 29-12 lead at the half.

The Rockets held firm in the third period with some great defense and tough points under the rim and above the rim. Parker Holton, Brothers, and Kyle Griffy owned the boards in the quarter and a nice tip in over the rim by Perkins gave the Rockets a 35-24 lead with seconds left in the period.

Colin Henson nailed a three-pointer for Forrest at the end of the quarter to re-extend the margin up to 14 points at 38-24.

The Rockets pulled away, seemingly on their way to a twenty point or more win when they began to let Richland sneak back because of some poor free-throw shooting down the stretch.

"The free throw shooting is something we need to work on," said FHS head coach Davy McClaran. "That was strange because we have been shooting well from the line so far."

Richland was able to cut the lead to five points with seconds left, but ran out of time, falling by the ten point spread to the Rockets (2-2).

McClaran was happy about the overall effort and getting the win, saying after the contest, "In the first half the team played great. We did not turn the ball over and when you don't turn it over, you can score some points. I think we are ahead of the game defensively so far, but we still have some work to do in other areas. I want to hope by Christmas that we will come all the way around."

Leading the way in the scoring column on Friday for the Rockets was Perkins with 10 points, Pratt had nine on three 3's, Kyle Gugger continued his great play with 8 points, Brothers, Henson, and Holton all had 3, and Griffy scored 2.

On Saturday night, the Rockets fell for the second time this season to Tullahoma when they lost 51-40.

Tullahoma's Tryston Horton, who scored 38 versus Forrest earlier this season, scored 21 to lead his team to the win Saturday.

Leading the Rockets in scoring on Saturday was Pratt and Perkins, who each scored 10 points. Brothers had 9 points in the loss, Kyle Anglin 2, and Bishop and Henson each had one point.