Summertown goes Long to defeat Forrest

Friday, December 5, 2008

The Summertown Eagles (4-1), averaging 89.5 points per game over their last four contests have three players in the starting lineup that score in double digits every night.

Against Forrest on Tuesday, the three, Wesley Long, Bubba Clifton, and Logan Harville combined for 50 of Eagles' 83 points with Long leading the way with 25 points, including three treys.

The hometown Eagles trailed for about the first five minutes in the contest before turning on the after burners to defeat the Rockets 83-71.

The visitors jumped out to an early lead, beginning with a Seth Brothers bucket on the first possession of the game. Summertown's Long got one of two from the line before Brothers scored once again to make it 4-1.

Kyle Gugger scored for Forrest to make it 6-1, but the Eagles began to chip away and took a four-point 15-11 at the end of the quarter. During the period, Long recorded his 1,000th career point for Summertown.

Long drained a three to begin the second, sparking his squad to roll to a 26-13 lead before Brothers stopped the bleeding with a bucket to make it 26-15.

Corey Bishop, who scored 12 points in the contest, drained a long three to cut the leads to ten at 30-20 and then scored four more to end the half to keep the Rockets in the game at 32-23.

Kyle Anglin hit a jumper to open the third period and moments later Brothers nailed a three-pointer to cut the lead to six at 34-28.

Summertown pushed it back to nine, but Anglin answered again to make it a seven-point game. Long scored for the Eagles before Preston Pratt went downtown to answer the call, cutting the margin back to 39-33.

Summertown scored six straight for a 45-33 lead, Brothers scored to end the Rocket drought, but there was Long again, hitting another three-bomb for a 48-35 lead.

Summertown spread the margin to 14-points, but Pratt answered with another three to make it 50-39. An Eli Matthews bucket at the buzzer made it a 52-39 Eagle lead after three periods.

Freshman Taylor Gentry opened up the fourth, scoring for Forrest and the game went back and forth until Summertown opened up a 16-point margin with just under three minutes to go.

The Rockets cut into the lead on some missed free throws by Summertown late in the game, but the Eagles prevailed on their home court for the twelve point, 83-71 win.

Anglin led the Rockets in scoring, netting 13 points, Bishop got his dozen, Brothers had 11, Pratt 10, Gugger scored 7, Parker Holton, Kyle Griffy, Gentry, and Colin Henson each tallied 4, and Taylor Schoenberger netted a deuce.