The Forrest Rockets picked the perfect time to snap their early season winless streak, beating Eagleville 60-47 in the District 9A opener Friday night in Chapel Hill.
Corey Bishop got back the hot hand from three land, raining in five treys in a 21-point effort for the Rockets.
"The real schedule is the district schedule, everything else is practice," said Forrest head coach Davy McClaran. "It was a total team effort, but we showed we have some room for improvement still. I felt we were confident coming into the game offensively for the first time in a long time and it showed. Bishop knocked down a few shots early and got his confidence back and Dane hit a few early and got some confidence. We knew we were capable of winning, but we never finished. Tonight we did. This team refuses not to get better and that is what I like about them."
The Rockets came blasting off the launch pad, firing off to an 11-0 first quarter lead before the Eagles came back.
Kyle Gugger scored first after Eagleville turned the ball over after winning the opening tip.
Gugger made it 4-0 moments later and then Bishop got his shooter's eye back, draining a long three from the corner, making it 7-0.
Dane Leonard, who finished with a season high 14 points in the ballgame scored on consecutive possessions for Forrest, opening up the 11-point lead.
Eagleville finally got on the board midway through the period on a Kevin Brown bucket in the paint.
Brown would score twice more and Tyler Davenport once, making it 13-8 before Bishop made another three-pointer just before the quarter ended, giving FHS a 16-10 lead after the first eight minutes.
Bishop's third trey of the game came a few minutes into the third quarter, giving Forrest a 23-12 lead before Eagleville ran off six straight points, cutting the margin to 23-18.
A Bishop lay-up off of a fast break made it 25-18, but the Eagles outscored Forrest 9-2, knotting the game at 27 after the first half.
Leonard scored six points on the Rockets first three touches in the second half and FHS held a 33-32 lead when things began to go downhill for Eagleville.
A Justin McCord free throw made it 34-32 and Leonard extended the lead to four with two foul shots after an Eagle miscue.
A Gugger rebound and put-back gave Forrest a 38-32 before Davenport scored, momentarily stopping the Rocket run.
Bishop got free in the corner at the other end of the floor and flushed a three-bomb right down the drain, making it a 41-34 ballgame.
An Eagleville miss led to a bucket in the blocks by Gugger, pushing the Forrest lead to 43-34.
The Eagles would not quit, cutting the lead to 43-37 before Bishop sent another long distance three zipping through the cords with just 3 seconds left in the quarter, giving the home squad a 46-37 lead after three periods.
Gugger opened the fourth quarter with a bucket in the paint, but the Eagles got one point back at the line, making it 48-38.
Two possessions later, Taylor Gentry got free at the top of the circle and drained a three-bomb, opening up a 13-point lead for Forrest.
The Eagles scored four straight before Gentry scored on a driving left handed lay-up, making the score 53-42.
Haden Vallence got a three-point play for the Eagles and FHS led 53-45.
McClaran called timeout with 3:12 left in the ballgame.
A Bishop bucket out of the timeout started a 7-2 game-ending run for the Rockets, who moved to 1-5 on the season with 60-47 win.
Bishop's 21 led all scorers in the game.
Gugger had 14, along with Leonard, and Gentry finished with 8, Tyler Messick had 2, and McCord 1.
Brown led the Eagles with 14 points, Vallence had 8, Jonathon Porter 7, Tyler Davenport and Dennie Igarividez each scored 6, Michael Davenport scored 4, and Brady Ledwell finished with two markers.