Rockets' red-hot start continues
The red-hot FMS Rockets took on Eagleville Thursday night in Chapel Hill and the two long-time rivals gave the fans all they wanted in a spirted battle won by Forrest 31-25.
Forrest, coming off a game where they made a truckload of three-pointers were cool from the arch on Thursday, but the mark of a good team is to make adjustments on the fly and the Rockets did, controlling the paint, while not making one trey the entire game.
Daniil Yatskov came up huge for Forrest, scoring 11 points in the contest, while his eighth-grade compatriot in the paint, Dylan Jones scored eight points in the rough and tough zone.
Yatskov netted five of the Rockets' seven first quarter points, three better than Eagleville, who trailed 7-4 after the first six minutes.
Mitchell Everett got things going for FMS in the second quarter, knocking down a rebound and put-back, but Ethan Cobb responded with a bucket in the lane for the Eagles.
Everett would score again after a single free throw by Eagleville's Cody Pepper.
Yatskov would go to the free throw line and hit one of two moments later, but Cobb got the Eagles to within 12-11 when he converted a three-point play in the paint.
With 1:02 left in the second quarter, Yatskov, not to be outdone, muscled home a basket in the paint and converted the free throw when he was fouled, giving FMS a 15-11 halftime lead.
The Rockets came out of the break on fire, going on a 6-0 run as Everett scored, Yatskov hit two free throws, and Jones scored on a rebound and put-back, making it a 21-11 contest.
Eagleville was not going down easy as Pepper drilled a three-bomb to start the fourth quarter and seconds later, Cobb scored in the paint, cutting the FMS lead in half at 23-18.
Yatskov and Cobb traded baskets before an Eagleville miscue led to an Everett basket to open up a seven-point lead for the Rockets with three minutes to go in the game.
FMS keeps lead
Pepper spiced up the game with another three-pointer, making it 27-23 and that's the way the score would stay for a minute or so until Ryley McClaran made one of two from the free throw line to extend FMS' lead to five points at 28-23.
Cobb dug in again, converting a three-point play the old-fashioned way, but the Rockets held on as Ty Hengesbach hit one free throw and Jones ended the contest by draining two charity shots to secure the six-point win for the blue and white.
Everett came up with eight points for Forrest, while Hengesbach added two points, and McClaran and Ethan Mealer had one point apiece.
Cobb earned game high scoring honors with 14 points, while Pepper had 7, and Keeley added four.