Rockets fall to Fayetteville, Cascade

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Will Edmonson (24) led the Rockets in scoring in both games, scoring 15 points versus the Tigers on Friday in Chapel Hill and 22 points in Wartrace Saturday night. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Forrest Rockets dropped two straight games last week, losing to Fayetteville 62-48 in Chapel Hill Friday night before traveling to Cascade on Saturday where they fell 58-41 to the Champions.

Forrest jumped out to a 7-0 lead on first-place Fayetteville as Jesse Pruitt scored to open the game and Will Edmonson followed with five points in a row.

Slow opening

The Tigers finally got on the board at the 4:40 mark of the first quarter when Cain McWilliams hit one of two from the free-throw line.

James Keith and Jacob Jones traded baskets before Nicholas Hopkins scored seven points, giving the Tigers an 11-9 lead.

Jones came up with a 3-pointer for the Rockets and Keith scored for Fayetteville before Blake Leonard tied the game with one free throw at the end of the period.

The contest would remain close in the second quarter until a Kendrell Hall 3-pointer put Fayetteville up by six points with just under two minutes to play in the first half.

Jones drilled his second three-bomb of the game and Colton Cook made one charity toss with 18.4 seconds left, but the second quarter ended on a Keith drive and score, giving the Tigers a 29-26 lead after the first 16 minutes of play in Chapel Hill.

Tigers' move

The Tigers made their move in the third period, inching ahead little by little until they built a 10-point lead, which they would take to the fourth quarter.

Fayetteville took care of business in the final eight minutes, pulling away for the 14-point win, remaining undefeated at 11-0 overall and 5-0 in the District 9-A standings.

Forrest (5-10, 2-3) is tied for fourth place in the league standings.

Jacob Jones (20) knocks down a jumper in the lane for two of his 12 points versus Fayetteville.

Nine players scored for the Rockets versus Fayetteville with Edmonson leading the way with 17 points, while Jones was next with 14 points.

Leonard scored seven points, and Austin Bailey, Cook, Caleb Hogan, Pruitt, Jacob Rich, and Tim Elliot all posted a deuce.

Keith led all scorers in the game with 27 points.

Cascade

The Rockets came back with a nice start at Cascade, leading 13-11 after the first eight minutes before the Champions outscored Forrest 17-11 in the second period to take a 28-24 halftime lead.

Cascade would win the third quarter 12-8 and surged away in the fourth quarter to secure the 17-point win.

Edmonson continued his torrid play on the season, scoring a game-high 22 points in Wartrace, including three 3-pointers.

Cook ended up with seven points for the Rockets, while Jones and Leonard netted five, and Pruitt came up with one marker.

James Lattimore had 16 points for Cascade, while Hayden Edmondson and Dacota Newcomb were both in double figures with 12 and 10 points respectively.