Rockets rally to double-digit win over Raiders
It is always tough going to Lynchburg to play Moore County, but the FMS Rockets rallied from an early first half deficit to beat the Raiders 47-30 in the Duck River Valley Conference opener for both clubs.
The Rockets fell behind 9-5 in the first quarter before an Alex Huey three-bomb cut the Moore County lead to a single point at 9-8, but the Raiders finished the period with a 6-2 run to take a 15-10 lead after the first six minutes.
A James Gordon bucket gave the Raiders their biggest lead of the game at 21-14 with just over three mintues to play in the first half when the Rockets turned up the pressure on both ends of the court to take control of the contest.
"I was very proud of the way they kept their cool, because it seemed like Moore County couldn't miss a shot in the early going," said FMS head coach Randy Toombs.
Dustin Brashear got thing going on offense for Forrest, nailing a three-bomb, and after a Moore County missed shot, Jacob Rich hit two throws to make it a two-point game at 21-19 with 2:06 remaining in the first half.
Another Moore County miss led to Rich basket that tied the game and Moore County turned the ball over due to the Forrest pressing defense.
Dylan Jones hit a tough shot in the paint to put Forrest ahead 23-21 with 51.9 ticks left in the half, and on Moore County's next touch, Jones swiped the rock and raced in for an uncontested lay-up to end the first 12 mintues in style.
"To finish out the half the way we did was a big boost going into the locker room at half," said Toombs. "The boys just seemed to focus on their defense and the boards, and it paid off."
The Rockets took the 25-21 lead to the half and picked up where they left off to begin half number two when they scored seven straight points to begin the third quarter.
Jones began the run with a jumper and Brashear added a basket in the lane and a long three-pointer to build the Forrest lead to 32-21, forcing a Moore County timeout with 4:08 left in the period.
Rockets pull away
The Raiders were only able to cut two points off the margin over the next four minutes and trailed 36-27, entering the final six minutes of action in Lynchburg.
Ty Hengesbach stuck in the dagger early in the fourth quarter, nailing two treys and a jumper to offset just one Moore County basket as FMS built an insurmountable 46-27 lead midway through the stanza, bringing the subs off the bench for the remainder of the game.
"Ty came through with a couple of big ones there," said Toombs.
The Rockets hosted Westwood on Tuesday and take on the Community Vikings on Thursday in Chapel Hill with game time slated for 6 p.m.
"This is a good start, but Westwood comes in our gym Tuesday and will give us a huge challenge, they are athletic and fast, so we will just lace 'em up and see what happens," said Toombs. "We have a very long way to go, but hopefully, this will be a very fun ride to watch."
Hengesbach led all scorers in the contest with 13 points, while Jones and Rich were both in double figures with 10 points for Forrest, who made six three-pointers in the contest.
"Wow 6 treys, I didn't even know that," said Toombs. "I've always given them the green light when the defense's hands are down, you can't score if you don't shoot, and you do have 4 others that are there to rebound if you miss."
Brashear totaled six points on two treys, while Daniil Yatskov netted five points and Huey had the one three-pointer for the Rockets.