FMS hoop squads eliminated from World Tournament
It was one and done for both FMS basketball squads as they both went down to defeat in Wednesday night's first round of the Duck River Valley Conference Tournament in Chapel Hill.
In what is widely known as the long running World Tournament, the FMS boys took the court first versus Moore County and actually led early on before the Raiders ran away and hid with a convincing 48-25 win.
A Gary Lukonen three-pointer gave Forrest a 4-3 lead before Moore County doubled up the Rockets 12-6 late in the period.
Rocket guard Alex Brewer's three-bomb with just seconds remaining made it a 12-9 ballgame, entering the second quarter.
The Rockets (6-9) cut the lead to one-point at 12-11on the first possession of the second period on a Jesse Pruitt jumper, but the Raiders went on an 8-2 run to lead 20-13.
Consecutive buckets by Tyler Adcock in the paint made it a 20-17 contest, but once again Moore County scored four points at the end of the half on a jumper by Sammy Adcock, followed one possession later on a steal and score by Spencer Reese to take a 24-17 halftime lead over the Rockets.
FMS stayed in the game, trailing 26-22 after a Brewer free throw with 4:06 remaining in the third period before the Raiders busted the game wide open with an 8-1 run and led 34-23 after three periods of play.
The fourth quarter was all Raiders as they stormed off to a 14-2 final period to win by the twenty-three point margin.
Brewer led FMS with 8 points, Lukonen finished with 5, Pruitt had 4, Adcock 3, and Robert Garcia and Jeremy Woods scored one point apiece.
The FMS girls did not fare any better in their first round match-up versus Cascade, losing 33-21.
Caitlyn Yost scored the only bucket in the first period for the Lady Rockets, who trailed 8-2 after the first six minutes.
Yost scored twice, sandwiched between a Jordan Gerber bucket for Cascade to start period number two, making it a 10-6 Cascade lead.
Cascade pushed the margin up to 15-6 before Hailey Collins and Yost netted the final two baskets of the first half to make it a 15-10 gap at the intermission.
The lead stayed at five points at 17-12 on a Taylor Patin bucket early in the second half before the Lady Champs went on a 6-2 mini spurt to end the quarter, leading 23-14.
Forrest would never get closer than seven points from Cascade's lead and fell by a dozen to end their season at 4-11.
Yost led Forrest with 13 points, Amanda Patterson scored three points on one early trey, Collins and Patin scored a deuce apiece, and Kyleah Hengesbach scored one point.