The Forrest Rockets lack of height in the low post, combined with some untimely turnovers, cost them Saturday afternoon at the Eagleville Christmas Classic, falling to the number 24 ranked Page Patriots 54-46.
The Rockets stayed close for much of the contest with some great defense, but Page prevailed with a late fourth quarter run to win the contest.
The Rockets came out cold, trailing 4-0 before Colin Henson nailed a three-pointer with just over five minutes to play to get the Rockets in the scorebook.
Both squads were shaking off some holiday rust in the quarter and the Rockets took a 5-4 lead on two free throws by Seth Brothers. Page converted on two low post buckets to go up 8-5 before Brothers made it a one point game with a rebound and put-back.
The Pats scored four more once again to go up 12-7, but Kyle Anglin answered with a leaping leaner in the lane to make the score 12-9. Tyler White got loose underneath for Page as the quarter came to a close with the Pats leading 14-9.
Henson opened up the scoring in the second quarter, but Page's JC Knox matched the bucket. An Anglin driving layup and a Kyle Gugger rebound and follow after a Page turnover made it a one-point game at 16-15.
Another Page miscue led to the go ahead bucket by Anglin with 4:38 left in the first half.
The turnover bug began to show up for the Rockets with page scoring four straight to go up 20-17, forcing a Rocket timeout with 3:58 left.
Brothers scored on a set play out of the Forrest timeout to make it 20-19, but three more FHS turnovers led to six consecutive points for Page and a 26-19 lead.
Forrest called another timeout with 2:32 left in the half, but turned the ball over again. Page came down and shot the ball, but got the rebound and called timeout when they got trapped in the corner.
Cory Bishop stepped in front of a pass out of the TO and went the distance for the Rockets to make it 26-21. Gugger stepped in front of a Page ball handler to force an offensive foul and got rewarded down the other end, scoring off of a nice dish from Anglin, cutting the lead to three points.
White scored with just seconds left to make it Page 28, Forrest 23 at the half.
Page got one point on a free throw to begin the third quarter before Preston Pratt drove in for a layup to make it 29-25.
Page's lefty guard Jeff Roberts drained a three-pointer on their next touch, pushing the Pats ahead 32-25. Brothers came through for Forrest with a bucket, making the score 32-27.
Page took a timeout with 5:39 left, but neither squad scored on two consecutive possessions.
Anglin drove full speed ahead for a slicing up and under to cut the lead back to three, but another Page three-bomb by Houston Bagsby stretched the lead to six. Page went ahead by ten points at 39-29, but the Rockets clawed back on buckets by Gugger and Ferris Perkins to make it a six-point game after three quarters at 39-33.
An Anglin jumper with 5:14 left in the game cut the Page lead to four points at 41-37, setting up buckets apiece by both squads to make the score 43-39.