Cougars snap FMS win steak

Friday, November 1, 2013
FMS's Alex Huey (23) drains a first-quarter three-bomb that gave the Rockets an early 5-2 lead versus the MTCS Cougars, who prevailed in the end 47-30. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The FMS Rockets stumbled in an error-filled effort in Murfreesboro Monday night as the MTCS Cougars handed Forrest a 47-30 loss, breaking an early season four-game Forrest winning streak.

The Rockets uncharacteristically turned the ball over 20 times in the contest with seven coming in each of the deciding second and third quarters.

"It was not a good night overall, we had way too many turnovers and we did not do a very good job on defense," said FMS head coach Randy Toombs.

Forrest's Dylan Jones (32) takes the ball strong to the hoop for two of his team-high 12 points versus MTCS.

Early lead

The Rockets played to par in the first quarter and took an early 5-2 lead, thanks to a big Alex Huey three-pointer.

MTCS battled back to grab the lead at 8-7 before a Dylan Jones swipe and score made it a 9-8 contest in favor of the Rockets.

Dylan Greene, who led all scorers in the contest with 14 points, knocked in a late rebound for the Cougars to put the home team up by one point at 10-9 after the first six minutes.

Jones would tie the game at 10 with a free throw before Greene scored, but Jones came right back cleaning the glass at the FMS end for a basket that knotted the score at a dozen apiece.

Fumbles mount

From there, the bottom fell out as the Rockets got butter fingers, turning the ball over seven times the rest of the first half and the Cougars took full advantage of the FMS boo-boos to take a ten-point 24-14 lead at the halftime break.

"The second quarter was a killer," said Toombs. "We couldn't get a basket to fall, turned it over, and seemed lost on defense. All these will doom you to lose."

The Rockets fought back in the third quarter, cutting the MTCS lead to seven points on a Dustin Brashear three-bomb, but Cougar point-guard Evan Alford answered with a three of his own, re-opening the 10-point lead for the orange and white.

By the time the quarter was finally over, Forrest had managed just two successful foul shots by Jacob Rich, while coughing up the rock several times in falling behind 33-21, entering the final six minutes of play.

There would be no comeback for FMS as they continued give the ball away and MTCS soared way for the 17-point win.

"That was our worst night yet with turnovers," said Toombs. "And, not a very good effort on defense and that is not good."

Stats

Jones led the Rockets in the scoring column with 12 points, Huey scored four, and Dustin Brashear had one trey for three points, while Rich, Joseph Brown, and Colby Bluthardt all had two points apiece. Ty Hengesbach rounded out the FMS scoring with a lone digit in the scorebook.

"Hopefully they come into tonight (Eagleville) with a max effort on both ends and we can make something positive," said Toombs. "I'm not so much concerned with wins and losses; we just need a consistent effort output. There is still got a lot of ball left and we will learn as we go."

After the two conference games, FMS (4-2) will travel to Smyrna for the Stewarts Creek Middle School Play Day on Saturday where they will take on Friendship Christian School, Thurman Francis Arts Academy, and East Robertson.

The FMS Lady Rockets will also play the same three opponents at Stewarts Creek.