Rockets suffer 3rd straight loss

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Colton Cook (22), who scored seven points for the Rockets, drives to the hoop versus Collinwood. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Forrest Rockets dropped their third straight game, losing 70-56 to Collinwood in Chapel Hill Monday night.

Kelley Ray led the Trojans (7-1) with 20 points, while Ty Robertson (13) and Kedron Hensley (10) also scored in double digits in the contest.

A Noah Rumley basket early in the first quarter gave Forrest a 4-3 lead and that would be the last time the Rockets would be in front.

Forrest (3-7) fell behind 10-6 after a 6-3 Collinwood mini-spurt before Will Edmonson nailed a 3-pointer for the Rockets, who tried to stay in the game.

A Brylie Fisher steal and score, followed by an Alden Littlejohn basket made it a 15-9 ballgame before Bake Leonard hit two late free throws for the Rockets, who trailed by four points, entering the second quarter.

Major move

The Trojans made their move at the outset of the period, going on a 10-0 run that built their lead to 25-11.

Rumley hit a 3-pointer and after a Trojan missed shot, Caleb Hogan scored in the lane for Forrest, cutting the lead back to single digits.

Edmonson hit a 3-pointer moments later to slice the margin to eight points at 29-21, but the Trojans would score five out the last seven points in the first half, including a late three-bomb by Robertson that gave the visitors a 34-23 lead, entering the second half.

Jacob Jones (20) nails a pull-up jumper for the Rockets, who fell 70-56 to Collinwood Monday night in Chapel Hill.

A Jacob Jones basket, followed moments later by a Colton Cook 3-pointer made it a five-point ballgame, but once again Collinwood built a 10-point lead at 39-29.

The Rockets would cut the Trojan lead to seven points on two occasions during the stanza, only to see it double to 14 by the end of third period.

Final run

Collinwood made a final statement to begin the fourth quarter, outscoring the Rockets 8-2 to take a 20-point lead at 57-37.

The Rockets would never get closer than 11 points late in the game and fell by the 14-point margin.

Edmonson led the Rockets in the scoring column with 14 points, while Jones scored 11, Rumley added eight, Cook netted seven, Donovan Murray scored six points, Austin Bailey had four, and Korbin Brown, Hogan, and Leonard all finished with a deuce.

Littlejohn had nine points for the Trojans, Fisher scored a half dozen, Carson Patterson added five, Ashton Darnell scored four, and Isaac Franks rounded out the scoring with three points.