Vikings outlast FMS Rockets 48-42

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
FMS's Hawkin King (11) drains one of his two treys in the game and ended up leading the Rockets in scoring with 11 points, but Forrest fell 48-42 at Community on Thursday night. Photo by Anthony S. Puca

The FMS Forrest Rockets had payback on their mind in Unionville Thursday night after the Vikings handed FMS a lopsided 48-8 loss in Chapel Hill on October 18.

The Rockets played some of their best ball of the season, leading for a little over three quarters before a fourth-quarter Viking surge sent FMS home as the losers 48-42.

Hawkin King, who led Forrest in scoring on the night with 11 points, drained a jumper on the games' first possession to set the tone for the night.

Corey Mooneyham gave the Vikings a 3-2 lead with a three-pointer, but back-to-back treys from Gary Lukonen and King gave the Rockets an early 8-3 spread.

Community came back to within one point at 8-7 before two late baskets by Alex Brewer and Tyler Adcock gave the visiting Rockets a 12-9 lead at the end of the first period.

A Jacob Kupczyk bucket midway through the second quarter gave Community a 15-13 lead before David Andrews came off the pine and hit a three-pointer for the Rockets, putting FMS up by one point.

The Vikings would surge ahead 18-16 on baskets by Ramon Gonzalez and Darian Pride, but a Brewer bucket, followed by a Community turnover and a King jumper late gave Forrest a 20-18 lead at the half.

Adcock kicked off the second half with a basket, but Pride matched it.

Lukonen drained his second trey of the game moments later, and after a Viking turnover, Brewer hit one of two from the free throw line to make it 26-20.

Another Community turnover gave Forrest the ball and Brewer scored to give the Rockets their biggest lead of the game at 28-20 midway through the third quarter.

The Vikings scored a half dozen straight points to cut the FMS lead to two points before Marshall McKee and Mooneyham traded buckets, keeping the FMS lead at two points 30-28.

Brewer hit one of two from the charity stripe with 32.9 seconds remaining in the period, but Mooneyham capped off the quarter with a late basket, cutting the Rockets' lead to 31-30, entering the final six minutes of play.

One free throw by Pride and two by Mooneyham early in the fourth quarter gave the Vikings a 33-31 lead.

Lukonen made a single free throw for Forrest to cut it to one point, but the Vikings went on a 6-0 run to open up a 39-32 lead before Adcock broke the string with a bucket in the paint.

Community continued to lead by six points until two McKee free throws, followed by a long bomb trey by King, sliced and diced the Community lead to a single point at 43-42 with a minute and half to play in the contest.

Unfortunately, the Rockets (4-4) would not score again and the Vikings (6-3) scored five points at the end to take the six-point win.

King had his team high 11 points for FMS, Adcock finished with nine, Brewer had eight, McKee ended up with 4, and Andrews had the one trey for 3 points.

Pride led all scorers with 22 points, Mooneyham chipped in with a solid 19 points, Gonzalez netted five, and Kupczyk rounded out the scoring with 2 points.