Rockets fall to Vikings in overtime thriller

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Forrest Rockets traveled to Community Friday night, having lost five of their last six ballgames. In the last three losses, the Rockets average margin of defeat was 22.6 points per game.

They lost to the Vikings 55-52 in an overtime thriller, but in the process regained some confidence to move forward.

The game did not begin well for the Rockets, falling behind 7-0 before Parker Holton got free underneath for a score at the 2:59 mark of the first quarter.

Justin Stallings hit two free throws for Community and then the Rockets got hot, reeling off eleven straight points, beginning with a Kyle Anglin drive down the lane.

Forrest sharpshooter Preston Pratt came out of his shooting slump, draining a long three-pointer to make it 9-7 and Anglin steal and dish to Seth Brothers gave the Rockets tied the game 9-9.

The Vikings regained the lead on a Wylder Norris bucket before Pratt went downtown again, this time with just 1.7 seconds left in the quarter, putting the Rockets out in front 12-11.

Forrest scored the first four points in the second period to move out 16-11, but Community went in front 17-16, scoring six in row.

Corey Bishop came off the bench for the Rockets and paid immediate dividends, throwing down a jumper for an 18-17 Rocket lead.

Stallings kissed an inside basket off the glass to make it 19-18 and Pratt answered on a medium range jumper, rotating the lead back to FHS.

That was the way the entire second period would go, back and forth with Forrest holding a one point 31-30 lead at the half.

Both squads went ice cold in the third period, mostly due to some good defense and the score was 38-34 in favor of Forrest after three quarters.

The fourth quarter was wild and fast paced as the lead see sawed back and forth until a Stallings three-point play in the paint with 1:51 left gave Community a 47-44 lead.

Brothers got hacked underneath and drilled two foul shots to make it 47-46 with 90 seconds left.

Cody Pierce's two foul shots with 53.3 left made it a three point Viking lead.

Forrest got the ball in and ran a play to free up Pratt for a three-point shot, but Community was all over Pratt, who hit a Larry Bird leaning three from deep to tie the game at 46-46, sending the traveling Forrest crowd crazy.

Community called timeout with 25.2 left, but could not convert on two attempts at the basket, sending the game into overtime, tied at 46.

Stallings scored on the Vikings first possession of OT and Forrest missed on their first possession, giving the Vikings the advantage.

Forrest's Taylor Gentry swiped the ball at mid-court and fed Pratt for a nice reverse lay-up to tie the game at 51-51.

After a tie-up was awarded to the Rockets, Kyle Gugger was fouled and hit one of two from the line with 1:17 left in OT to make it 52-51.

Community called time, but this time the play worked as Stallings got free and scored to make it 53-52 with just 29.6 left.

The Stallings bucket would turn out to be the game winner, as Forrest could not score the rest of the way, losing the heartbreaker 55-52.

Community's Stallings led all scorers with 22 points in the contest. Pratt led the Rockets with 16 points, Brothers and Henson each scored 9, Holton netted 8, Anglin tallied 5, Bishop and Ferris Perkins scored two apiece, and Gugger scored one.