Rockets rain 3s on Hornets
On Dec. 7 at Huntland, the Hornets burned Forrest from downtown, converting 11 three-pointers in a 70-65 loss, but on Friday night in Chapel Hill, the Rockets turned the tables, raining down a dozen three-bombs in a huge 88-48 thrashing over the Franklin County squad.
"I don't know what to say about that, that was ridiculous and it was definitely our best shooting performance this year, by far," said Tyler "Juice" Rumley after the game.
Forrest had four players in double figures in the scoring column with Mark Pope leading the way with 22 points, including three treys.
Rumley nailed four three-bombs and ended up with 20 points, while Kennedy Mathis had a career-high 14 points and Ty Hoeft netted 10 points, including two three-pointers.
A Rumley bucket started the game and Dakota Zimmerman made it 4-0 with a steal and score.
Moments later, Pope hit two free throws before Jacob McLennan finally got the Hornets on the board at the 5:40 mark of the first period.
That would be as close as Huntland would get the remainder of the contest as the downtown train left the station on a Pope three-bomb.
Forrest took a 16-8 lead after the first eight minutes, but Huntland's Kobe Foster opened up the second quarter with a drive to the hoop for a score.
Mathis bookended a pair of baskets around a Pope score, making it 22-10 and the Hornets turned the rock over to Forrest, who made them pay, via a Rumley three-bomb to open up a 15-point lead at 25-10.
McLennan scored for Huntland to make it 25-12 and then the floodgates opened as the Rockets scorched the Hornets with a 17-1 run, sparked by 3's by Hoeft and Rumley and a suffocating defensive effort that produced eight points on fast break lay-ins.
"Coach has been telling us the last couple of games to come out with more intensity on the defensive end and it definitely changed things," said Rumley.
With 2:33 remaining in the second quarter, Foster converted a three-point play to make it a 42-16 ballgame.
Jacob Daughrity got on the downtown train at the other end of the floor and by the time the first half ended, Forrest was in complete control, leading by 29 points, 51-22.
A pair of Rumley treys early in the third period gave Forrest a gaudy 58-24 lead and Huntland would only get as close as 24-points on an Evans Ray three-pointer with 1:46 remaining in the quarter.
Two more Pope three-pointers and a Mathis rebound and put-back, put the Hornets in an insurmountable 72-43 hole, entering the final eight minutes.
Hobbs emptied the bench for the final eight minutes and the Rockets poured some salt on the Huntland wound, outscoring the Hornets 16-5, including three-bombs by Blake Leonard and Will Edmonson in the waning seconds.
Daughrity ended up with seven points (one trey), Leonard added five points (one trey), while Zimmerman netted four points, and Edmonson (one trey) and Lucas Pruitt both ended up with three points apiece.
Seth Satterfield led the Hornets with 12 points and Kiel Graham had 11.