Rockets try, but can't stop Eagles' Parker

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Forrest's Will Edmonson (24) negotiates his way around four Eagleville defenders for two of 27 points. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Forrest Rockets travelled to Eagleville Friday and went toe-to-toe with the Eagles for much of the game before stumbling in the second half, costing the Rockets a 76-68 defeat.

Eagleville's Calen Parker was a man on a mission, pouring in a game-high 32 points in the low post, staving off Forrest every time they would narrow the gap in the second half.

Strong beginning

The Rockets jumped out to a very early 4-0 lead on back-to-back buckets by Will Edmonson and Jacob Jones and Forrest would eventually go up by seven points at 13-6 midway through the first period before the Eagles charged back.

Parker began a 9-0 run with a basket in the paint and Brandon Kelley ended the spurt with a 3-pointer, putting the hometown Eagles in front 15-13.

The Rockets managed to tie the game on two occasions before a late 3-poointer by Alex Scofield gave Eagleville a 23-20 lead after the first eight minutes.

Eagleville would go up by five points early in the second quarter, but the Rockets dug in and kept the game close until taking a 35-33 lead on a Jones 3-pointer with just over two minutes to play in the first half.

Eagles take over

Scofield re-knotted the contest immediately and AJ Garza hit one free throw to put Eagleville in front for the rest of the game.

The Eagled finished off the first half with a Parker basket and two Scofield free throws to take a 40-35 lead to the locker room.

A Parker basket early in the third quarter increased Eagleville's lead to 12 points at 51-39, but once again Forrest came back, cutting the lead in half with under a minute to play in the period, before Parker squelched the comeback with a layup that ended the stanza with Eagleville in front 59-51.

Austin Bailey (14) gets ready to retrieve the ball after it bounced off Logan Baker's (11) head.

Eagleville would not let Forrest back in the game, stopping every comeback attempt with solid play in the frontcourt and back-to-back baskets by Kody Majors with just over three minutes to play in the game put the Eagles up by 14 points at 69-55, essentially ending the game.

Tied for 2nd

The Eagles (12-7, 4-2) cruised to the eight-point win to remain tied with MTCS (8-11, 4-2) for second place in the District 9A standings, two game back of undefeated Fayetteville (16-0, 7-0).

Kelley finished with eight points for Eagleville, while Majors had six, Logan Baker and Garza added five points apiece, Carson Rudd and Eric Hawks had four, and Brandon Petrig finished with three points.

Forrest (7-13, 2-5) fell to seventh place in the league standings and were led by a big effort by Edmonson, who poured in 27 points in the losing effort.

Blake Leonard finished in double figures with 14 points, as did Jones with 11.

Colton Cook added seven points for the Rockets, while Donovan Murray scored five, Caleb Hogan added three, and Corbin Brown had a single marker in the contest.