Rockets' losing skid continues

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Will Edmondson (24) led the Rockets with 12 points versus Community, including three treys. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Forrest Rockets, minus an injured Ty Hoeft, fell to 5-12 on the season when they suffered a pair of losses versus

Community Friday and at Summertown Saturday night.

On Friday in Chapel Hill, the Rockets wavered up and down the entire contest, trailing by as many as 10 points in the third quarter and by eight with just over two minutes remaining in the league battle before mounting a gallant comeback.

Home momentum

Forrest had the early momentum at home, climbing out to a 12-7 lead late in the first quarter on a Colton Cook 3-pointer.

Blake Fanning knocked down a rebound for Community with a few ticks left in the period, sending the contest to quarter No. 2 with FHS leading 12-9.

Neither squad could find their range in the stanza until Cook followed in a rebound with three minutes to play in the first half.

That would be the lone basket in the period for the Rockets, who allowed seven points by the Vikings before the half ended with Community in front 16-14.

Rocket charge

The Vikings stretched their lead to 10 points at 27-17 on a Darien Pride basket late in the third quarter before the Rockets mounted a charge, outscoring Unionville 7-2 the remainder of the period to trail by five points at 29-24, entering the final eight minutes of play.

Will Edmondson opened up the fourth quarter with a basket for the Rockets, but the Vikings surged again, going up by nine points at 35-26 via a 6-0 run.

Kennedy Mathis (0) knocks down a runner in the lane to open up the scoring in the contest, won by the Vikings 45-38.

Edmondson drilled a long three-bomb and Kennedy Mathis followed moments later with a bucket in the paint to keep the Rockets within striking distance.

Two free throws by Luke Primm with two minutes remaining in the game gave Community a 39-31 lead, but Edmondson went downtown again, making it 39-34.

Final chance

Mathis would make one of two from the charity stripe to make it a four-point game and then Mathis stole the ball and fed Jacob Daughrity for a fast-break bucket, slicing the Vikings' lead to 39-37 with 43.6 seconds remaining in the contest.

The Vikings sealed the deal from the free-throw line, making six out of six attempts down the stretch to snatch the seven-point District 9-A victory.

Edmondson led the Rockets in the scoring column with 12 points, while Cook, Lucas Pruitt, and Mathis all had seven points and Daughrity added five points for Forrest.

Primm scored 14 to lead all scorers in the game, while Tanner Simmons and Fanning netted 11 points apiece and Pride had nine.

On Saturday, the Rockets dropped their fifth straight game, losing 69-48 at Summertown.