Rockets dispose of Eagleville in World semifinals

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Josh Meglis (20) runs out before the game for FMS, who beat Eagleville 39-27 Thursday to advance to the 53rd Annual World Tournament championship. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Forrest Rockets came into Thursday night's World Tournament semifinal versus Eagleville riding an 18-game conference winning streak, and they tacked on another victory to the unblemished record with a 39-27 win over a pesky Eagles squad.

Two Dylan Jones baskets and a steal and score by Josh Meglis gave FMS an early 6-0 lead before Eagleville standout Ethan Cobb dropped in a bucket in the low post, making it 6-2.

Jones would score the only other basket in the first quarter for the Rockets, who went up 10-2 on a Daniil Yatskov put-back to begin period No. 2.

Another run

One Cobb free throw midway through the quarter made it 10-3 before the Rockets took off again, scoring six straight points on two Ryley McClaran free throws, a Ty Hengesbach jumper, and a McClaran steal and feed to Jones for a fast break layup.

Cobb would come back with a basket for Eagleville, but the Eagles found themselves in an 18-5 halftime hole when Hengesbach scored again to end the second quarter.

In the second round of the tournament, Eagleville came from behind to beat Community and the Vikings tried to come back again, cutting the Rockets' lead to eight points on a Cobb basket with one minute to play in the third quarter.

Hengesbach answered the call with a deep 3-pointer for the Rockets and the period ended on a Cobb bucket in the low post, making it a 24-16, entering the final six minutes to play.

Forrest's lead was at seven points with 2:43 remaining in the game when Jones scored and that was followed by a Hengesbach steal, score, and free throw to increase the Rockets' lead to 31-19.

Not over yet

Still the Eagles would not cave in as Jordan Davenport nailed the lone 3-pointer in the game for Eagleville and moments later, Cobb followed with a steal and score, making it a seven-point game at 32-25 with 1:28 left in the semifinal.

Ryley McClaran (10) went a perfect 6-6 from the free throw for the Rockets in their win over Eagleville Thursday night in Chapel Hill.

Forrest would maintain the seven-point margin until they put the Eagles away for good, scoring the final five points of the game from the free throw line, where they finished a solid 12-17.

Jones and Hengesbach scored a dozen points apiece for the Rockets and McClaran and Yatskov ended up with a half dozen apiece.

Josh Meglis added two points and Brett Burnham had one free throw for FMS.

Cobb led all scorers in the contest with 17 points, Cody Pepper and Davenport netted four points apiece, and Jeffery Tracy rounded out the scoring with two points for Eagleville.