Tigers trounce Rockets

Friday, January 30, 2015
Colton Cook (22) drives to the basket for two points for the Rockets, who lost 65-34 in Fayetteville Tuesday night. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Forrest Rockets fell hard in Fayetteville Tuesday night as the fifth-ranked Tigers won going away 65-34.

The win clinched the District 9-A regular season title for Fayetteville (20-2, 10-1) and marked the first time in school history that the Tigers have won 20 games in season.

The Rockets (8-16, 3-8) remained in sixth place in the league standings and will play the No. 2 seed in the upcoming District 9-A Tournament in Eagleville.

Tiger run

Fayetteville started the game with a 7-0 run, capped off by a 3-pointer by Michael Parks.

Blake Leonard (32) scores two of his team-high 17 points versus the Tigers.

Blake Leonard, who led the Rockets in the scoring column with 17 points, had all five of Forrest's points in the first quarter that ended with Forrest trailing 12-5.

The Tigers kept running and gunning in the second quarter, building on its lead as the Rockets went ice cold from the field, while Fayetteville eventually went up by double digits on a Nicholas Hopkins tip-in with under a minute to go in the first half.

Will Edmonson's lone bucket of the game followed the Hopkins basket before Parks scored again.

Halftime deficit

A Colton Cook driving layup cut the Fayetteville lead to single digits for the last time in the game as Hopkins scored to end the first half, making it a 25-15 contest.

A Leonard bucket early in the third quarter made it an 11-point contest at 30-19 before a pair of buckets by Cain McWilliams pushed Fayetteville back in front by 15.

The Tigers would go on to lead by 18 points at the end of the third quarter and at the outset of the fourth period, Fayetteville put the game away for good, highlighted by 3-pointers from McWilliams and Hopkins.

Fayetteville went on to win by the 25-point margin and will get a first-round bye in the district tournament.

Scoring

Hopkins had 22 points to lead the Tigers in the scoring column, while James Keith had 15, McWilliams finished with 11, Parks and Michael Buchanan had seven points apiece, and Brannon Foster had one 3-pointer.

Cook had four points, Donovan Murray and Tim Elliot scored three points each, Korbin Brown and Caleb Hogan had two points, and Jesse Pruitt had one point for the Rockets, who will entertain Huntland tonight in a Homecoming match-up in Chapel Hill.