Rockets claim big victory over Eagleville
After dropping five straight games, the Forrest Rockets picked up a much-needed win Friday night, blasting Eagleville 49-30 in Chapel Hill.
"They let the game get a little physical inside and I like it," said Forrest head coach Wes Hobbs. "We started with our three post men and they came out in a zone they hadn't shown much and we had a couple turnovers early before we settled in."
The Rockets scored first on a Blake Leonard basket and Brandon Kelley made it 2-2 before Will Edmondson nailed a three-pointer and Leonard came up with two free throws.
"All those guys in the post worked so hard tonight," said Hobbs. "We were looking to attack and really took it strong and finished, not waiting to be bailed out with the foul."
Edmondson went downtown again, making it 10-2, forcing an Eagleville timeout with five minutes remaining in the initial period.
"Edmondson hit some big threes for us tonight and whenever he can do that, it just opens so much more for the guys inside and for the entire offense," said Hobbs.
Eagleville turned the ball over out of the stoppage and Leonard scored off a pass from Jacob Daughrity, opening up a 10-point lead for the Rockets.
The Eagles would cut the lead to four points at 12-6, but a Lucas Pruitt bucket in the paint, followed by a Daughrity three-point play the old fashioned way gave the Rockets a 17-6 lead after the first eight minutes.
Early in the second quarter, Jesse Pruitt knocked down a lay-up and Daughrity came up with a swipe and score to extend the Forrest lead to 21-6.
Eagleville's Calen Parker and Rocket Jesse Pruitt traded buckets as FHS maintained the 15-point lead until the Eagles ended the first half with an 8-4 run to trail 27-16.
Daughrity continued his thievery to begin the third period, stealing the rock and going the distance to make it a 30-16 contest.
The Eagles would stay within striking distance for much of the period, trailing 34-23 when the Rockets got hot again.
Lucas Pruitt started a 10-0 run with one free throw before Jesse Pruitt found Colton Cook open under the hoop for an easy score, making it 37-23.
After two misses by Eagleville from the free throw line, Edmondson hit back-to-back three-pointers for the Rockets, who saw their lead bulge to 20 points at 43-23, entering the final eight minutes of play.
Leonard and Cook would hit the only field goals in a low scoring fourth quarter as the Rockets cruised home in the 19-point victory.
Edmondson, who nailed four treys and went 2-4 from the free throw line, led all scorers in the contest with 16 points.
Leonard was also in double figures with 10 points, while Daughrity scored nine, Cook and Jesse Pruitt each tallied four points, and Kennedy Mathis and Lucas Pruitt both added three points apiece for Forrest (6-12, 3-2).
"These are must wins, the district wins are just so important for the seeding in the tournament," said Hobbs. "We have had a lot of ups and downs his year, but we are playing for a good seed and trying to build some momentum, heading into the tournament."
Eagleville had seven players in the scoring column with Brandon Kelley, Calen Parker, and Alex Schofield all tallying six points apiece, while Brandon Petrig scored five, Joesph Sewell added three, and Garret Parker and Eric Hawkes netted a deuce apiece.