FMS rolls over Fayetteville in DRVC opening round
The FMS Rockets (19-4, 19-0) picked up right where they left off during the regular season, blasting Fayetteville 52-14 Monday night in the second round of the Duck River Valley Conference Tournament in Chapel Hill.
The top-seeded Rockets will be back in action Thursday night when they play the winner of Wednesday night's four/five seed second-round game where Community (11-7) takes on Moore County (11-7).
Forrest started quick and never let up in the contest, leaping out to a 19-6 lead after the first quarter, highlighted by three treys from Ty Hengesbach, Ryley McClaran, and Josh Meglis.
With Forrest leading 20-8 early in the second quarter, the Rockets kicked in the afterburners, going on a 12-0 run, beginning with a basket in the low post by Dylan Jones.
McClaran and Hengesbach followed with back-to-back baskets before McClaran went downtown, extending FMS' lead to 29-8.
A Hengesbach swipe and score made it a 23-point ballgame and moments later, Mitchell Everett hit two free throws to put the game out of reach at 32-8.
Starters step aside
Billy Taylor scored for the Tigers to end the first half, but at the outset of the second half, a Daniil Yatskov basket, a trey by McClaran, and a Jones bucket in the paint made it 38-14, sending all the FMS starters to the bench for the remainder of the contest.
The Rockets took a 42-14 to the final period and the reserves kept the heat on the Tigers, outscoring Fayetteville 10-0 in the final six minutes.
A pair of 3-pointers by Charlie Edmonson wowed the Chapel Hill faithful as the Rockets cruised to the 38-point blowout victory.
FMS had 11 players in the scoring column with McClaran leading the way with 13 points in the game.
Yatskov added eight points, while Hengesbach scored seven, Edmonson had six points, Jones and Sam Ford posted four points apiece, Meglis had one trey, Brett Burnham and Everett tallied two points apiece, and Tyler Wildrick and Cole Villazon added one marker each.
Nathaniel Johnson led the Tigers with six points, while Charvez Williams had four, and Taylor and Colton Wiseman rounded out the scoring with a deuce apiece.