Rockets win twice at Eagleville Christmas Classic

Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Tribune photo by Anthony S. Puca Forrest senior Zach Ray runs out in an earlier game at Forrest. Ray (40) scored 12 points versus Summit as the Rockets came back to win 40-35 after trailing by 17 points in the first quarter at the Eagleville Christmas Classic on Friday.

After suffering a 53-46 loss to Collinwood in their last outing, the Forrest Rockets bounced back by defeating Columbia Academy and Summit at the Eagleville Christmas Classic.

Forrest (10-6) whipped CA 66-52 on Thursday night before pulling out a hard fought 40-35 victory over Summit on Friday after rallying from an 17-point first quarter deficit.

On Thursday, the Rockets knocked Columbia Academy (5-7) back on their heels early and raced out to a 24-13 lead in the first quarter.

Forrest then opened up at 37-24 advantage at the end of the second period before outscoring CA 29-28 in the second half to secure their 14-point victory.

Mark Pope and Marshall Hunter both poured in 17 points to lead FHS offensively, while Colby Anglin and Zach Horvath each added seven points. Jacob Daughrity and Tyler Rumley also tallied five points apiece for the Rockets, and Lucas Pruitt and Dakota Zimmerman both chipped in four points.

Zach Johnson paced Columbia Academy with 16 points, while Zac Savankham and Hunter Cary notched 10 and nine points respectively.

In Friday's contest, Forrest appeared to be in dire straits early on and trailed Summit 19-2 at the end of the first quarter.

The Rockets, however, righted the ship and put together a 10-2 run in the second period to narrow the gap to 21-12 at halftime before using a 13-6 spurt in the third quarter to slice the deficit to 27-25.

FHS then completed their dramatic comeback by outscoring the Spartans 15-8 in the fourth period to escape with the five-point victory.

Zach Ray and Pope both broke double digits and led Forrest with 12 and 11 points respectively, while Anglin tallied nine points. Hunter also chipped in four points for the Rockets and Daughrity and Horvath had two points apiece.

Makinde London paced Summit (2-9) with a game high 15 points, while Grant Robison added 10 points.