FMS Rockets take DRVC title

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Forrest's Daniil Yatskov (30) scores two of his 13 points versus Liberty Monday night. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The FMS Rockets started the New Year where they left off the old, continuing their domination with a 48-41 win at Liberty Monday night that clinched the regular season Duck River Valley Conference title.

Forrest (17-4, 17-0) can cap off a perfect regular season conference slate with a win in Lynchburg Thursday night.

Win's benefits

The Rockets also clinched the No. 1 seed and a first round bye in the upcoming World Tournament that commences Saturday in Chapel Hill.

FMS fell behind early to the determined Patriot squad Monday, trailing 10-6 before Ryley McClaran got things going for the Rockets, nailing a 3-pointer with three minutes to go in the first quarter.

Dylan Jones followed with a basket in the paint to put the Rockets in front and McClaran scored on a drive to the hoop after a Liberty missed shot, making it 13-10.

With less than a minute to play in the first period, Daniil Yatskov capped off the 9-0 run with a bucket in the paint, giving FMS a five-point lead.

Rockets roll

Alex Freeman scored for Liberty to open the second quarter and John Brady followed with a trey, tying the contest at 15-15.

The Patriots would hang tough, trailing 21-19 late, but a 3-pointer by Josh Meglis and a drive to the hoop and score by Ty Hengesbach in the waning seconds of the first half put the Rockets up 26-19.

Brady drilled a 3-pointer to open the second half before the Rockets surged again, going on a huge 15-0 run that gave Forrest a 40-22 lead.

Josh Meglis (20) nails the first of his two 3-pointers for the Rockets, who claimed the DRVC regular season crown with a 48-41 win at Liberty.

Meglis and McClaran both came up with three bombs during the run that was halted by a Darius Ransom bucket to end the third quarter.

Brady made it a 41-27 contest with a three-point play in the paint and Bradley Houston followed with a long range 3-pointer, cutting the FMS lead to 11 points at 41-30 at the outset of the final six minutes.

Holding on

With 2:01 remaining in the contest, Houston scored to slice the FMS lead to six points at 44-38, but both squads could not manage a field goal as time wound down.

Hengesbach converted both ends of a one-and-one with 6.9 seconds left in the game and the Rockets held on for the seven-point victory.

McClaran led the Rockets in the scoring column with 14 points, while Yatskov added 13, Jones scored nine points, and Meglis and Hengesbach both tallied a half dozen apiece.

Brady had 14 points to lead Liberty, while Houston scored 13, Freeman added six points, and Ransom and Grayson Tramel added four points apiece.