Rockets beat Van Buren lose to Culleoka
The Forrest Rockets, coming off two consecutive losses, opened up District 9A play Friday night with a 62-55 win over visiting Van Buren.
On Saturday night, the Rockets were not so fortunate, losing 71-37 at Culleoka.
The Rockets (3-4) began the Van Buren contest on a mission, jumping out to 16-0 lead before the Eagles got on the board at the 2:19 mark of the first quarter.
Kyle Gugger started the Rockets off on the right track, scoring off the opening tip. Gugger scored again to make it 4-0, followed by a Colin Henson three-pointer and a 7-0 Rocket lead.
Moments later, Henson stole the rock and fed Seth Brothers in the post for a 9-0 lead. Brothers came back to make it 11-0 and Parker Holton muscled one in from the post for a 13-0 lead.
A Kyle Griffy three-bomb stretched the margin to 16-0 before the Eagles got one of two from the line by William Holland to finally get on the board.
The quarter would end with the Rockets, holding a 22-4 lead over the Eagles.
Forrest went up 26-4 early in the second quarter and then the Rockets went cold and the Eagles got hot, outscoring the hometown squad 18-8 in the period to cut the margin to 30-22 by halftime.
The Rockets began the third period with a steal by Henson and a feed to brothers for a 32-22 lead. Kyle Anglin made it 35-22 on a great drive down the line and a hack by an Eagle defender.
Van Buren chipped away at the lead, cutting it to 9 points before Griffy nailed another jumper to make it 37-26.
The Eagles scored five straight to make it a 37-31 ballgame before Taylor Schoenberger stopped the run with a runner in the lane.
Again, Van Buren scored six straight to cut the lead to just two points, 39-37 after three periods.
Anglin stole the ball from van Buren on their first touch of the fourth quarter and fed the ball to Henson, who drained a huge three-pointer for a 42-37 Forrest lead.
There was no scoring by either squad on several possessions before Brothers scored on a rebound and put-back to make it 44-37.
Matthew Rigsby made two free throws for the Eagles, but Brothers answered once again on a tough rebound and follow for a 46-39 Rocket lead.
An Anglin three-bomb made it 49-39 before the Eagles went on a 10-4 run to cut the lead to just three points at 53-49.
Corey Bishop came off the for Forrest and nailed a jumper to make it 55-49 and Henson scored moments later to push the Forrest lead back to eight points.
The Rockets would win the battle at the free throw line to end the game before a couple of late garbage time buckets by Van Buren.
In the 62-55 win, Brothers led all scorers with 18 points, Henson scored 13, Anglin finished with 6, Gugger 5, Preston Pratt netted 4 points, Gentry 3, and Schoenberger and Bishop each scored 2.
In the 71-37 Culleoka loss Saturday, the Rockets were led in scoring by Gugger with 8, Bishop and Pratt had 6 apiece, Brothers and Henson each scored 4, and Dane Leonard and Griffy had 2 points.