FMS Rockets move to 10-0 in conference play
The FMS train continued to roll along in Chapel Hill as the Rockets came up with a 49-36 win over Cascade Monday night to remain unblemished in conference play.
The FMS low post duo of Dylan Jones and Daniil Yatskov have been unstoppable so far this season and they continued their domination versus the Champions as both eighth-graders scored 16 points apiece in the contest.
Forrest came out on fire, scoring the first 14 points of the game until Blaize Bryson banged home a three-pointer for Cascade with 24.1 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
A Jones steal led to a Yatskov basket at the outset of the second quarter and Ty Hengesbach came up with a theft and score moments later, making it an 18-3 contest.
Jones came up with a rebound off a Cascade missed shot and fired a perfect outlet pass to Hengesbach, who finished the play with a driving lay-up.
A Cascade miscue turned into a basket in the paint for Yatskov as the Rockets opened up a big 22-3 lead midway through the second period.
The Champions tried to stay close, scoring the last five points of the first half, but they still trailed by a wide 22-8 margin.
Hengesbach hit a three-pointer to start the third quarter for FMS, but Jayden Thompson matched the long bomb for the Champions.
Brett Branham got into the long ball act for the Rockets, raining down a three-pointer for Forrest, giving FMS a 30-11 lead.
Cascade would come up with eight more points in the third quarter, but Jones was a monster in the paint as he scored five points in the low post and Sam Ford scored a bucket in the paint as well for FMS, who took a 37-18 into the final six minutes of play.
Jones kept the pressure on in the fourth quarter, staying strong in the paint for the Rockets, scoring seven points, while Yatskov added a low post bucket for FMS, who would go up by as many as 22-points in the period.
FMS held a 43-21 lead midway through the quarter and the Rockets went to the bench for the remainder of the contest.
Cascade would eventually cut the FMS lead to 44-32 late, but a Spencer McGowen three-bomb with under a minute to play put the icing on the win for the Rockets, who will try to keep their unbeaten league streak intact when they travel to Community (7-3) on Thursday.
Hengesbach finished with nine points for FMS, while Branham and McGowen added a trey apiece in the game, and Ford netted one fourth quarter bucket.
Landon Parker scored 16 points for Cascade, Noah Maddox and Thompson both added five, Bryson finished with four, Heath and Jayden Russell had three points apiece, and Austin Prince rounded out the scoring with two points.