FMS Rockets coast to win over Westwood
The FMS Rockets continued their early season dominance in conference play Monday night in Chapel Hill, moving to 5-0 over league opponents via a coast-to-coast 46-30 win over Westwood.
Forrest started the game with some heavy work in the paint as Daniil Yatskov scored on back-to-back bas- kets. After a Chase Simpkins bucket for Westwood, Dylan Jones made it a 6-2 game with a low-post conversion for FMS.
Simpkins scored again, but a Ryley McClaran drive and score to the hoop made it 8-2, and after a Westwood turnover, McClaran went downtown for three points, stretching the Rockets' lead to 11-4.
Jake Hollandsworth managed a basket for Manchester before Ty Hengesbach banged home a three-bomb for FMS and Westwood's Marcus Pendalton scored the final field goal of the first quarter.
The hometown Rockets took a 14-8 lead into the second period over their namesakes, who made it 14-10 on a Hollandsworth score to begin the stanza.
Yatskov went to work in the low post again for FMS, scoring twice to make it 18-10.
A Shawn Anderson basket cut the FMS lead to six points before McClaran threw down a long missile and after a Westwood field goal,
McClaran ended the first half in style, converting a three-point play the old-fashioned way on a pretty drive to the hoop and score, giving the Rockets a 24-14 halftime lead.
Yatskov was the man again to begin the third quarter, converting in the post on back-to-back trips in the scoring zone for FMS, doubling the lead to 28-14.
Yatskov's partner in the paint, Dylan Jones banged home a pair of low post buckets to boost the Rockets' lead to 30-16 before Pendalton stopped the Forrest surge with a basket.
Westwood called timeout with 2:55 remaining in the stanza, but coughed the ball up out of the stoppage and McClaran made them pay for their error, draining a long 3-pointer, giving his squad a huge 17-point lead.
Manchester did not give up as they scored the final four points in the quarter to stay relatively close at 33-22. Westwood continued their mini-comeback, cutting the FMS lead to 33-24 early in the final period, but McClaran served notice that no comeback would be in order when he burned the cords with a pair of 3-pointers.
Pendalton converted a three-point play in the paint before McClaran rained home the last of his six treys in the con- test, making it a 44-25 ballgame.
Westwood would score five more points the rest of the way, while Hengesbach hit one free throw, Yatskov scored his final bas- ket of the night, and Mitchell Everett and Brett Branham came off the bench to score a basket apiece late in the game to put the cap on the 16-point win.
McClaran came up with a career-high 23 points for FMS, Yatskov netted 14 points, Hengesbach added six, Jones scored four, and Branham and Everett tallied two points each.
Pendalton scored eight for Westwood, while Simpkins netted a half dozen, Anderson and Byron Sullivan had four points apiece, Austin Burch and Hollandsworth scored three, and Isaiah Owens scored two points.