Cascade rolls over Rockets
Forrest (1-14) once again proved to be no match for an undefeated Cascade squad, as the Champions whipped the Rockets 79-45 on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 29, at the Eagleville Christmas Classic to run their record to 11-0.
Having defeated FHS 81-38 in their previous encounter on Nov. 25, the Champions put on another offensive clinic on Tuesday and built a 53-19 lead through the first two quarters of play before coasting to the 34-point victory.
Bolstered by a 19-of-27 shooting performance in the first half, Cascade shot a blistering 56 percent (29-of-52) from the field overall, which included a 5-of-13 effort from 3-point range.
Point guard Austin Gentry led three Champion players in double figures with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting to along with three assists and three steals. Lane Simpson hit all five of his shots and followed Gentry with 15 points, while Hayden Edmonson added 11 points.
The Rockets, conversely, mustered just 11 field goals on 31 percent shooting and hit only 4-of-12 attempts from beyond the arc while committing 24 turnovers.
'Not that bad'
"We're not that bad. Cascade is a good team and I don't want to take anything away from them, but we're not that bad," said Forrest coach Randy Toombs. "We turned the ball over too much and didn't hit any of the shots that we threw up."
Donnie Murray paced the Rockets with 11 points, while Dylan Jones tallied seven points. Korbin Brown and Graham Anglin chipped in five points apiece for Forrest.
Cascade came out with guns blazing and forged a 26-5 lead with 2:24 left in the first quarter on the strength of nine points from Gentry and seven from Simpson.
The Rockets outscored the Champions 9-5 over the next five minutes with the help of a Jones three-point play and a short jumper by Sam Ford to narrow the gap to 31- 14, but Cascade quickly counterpunched and responded with a 14-1 run to open up a 45-15 advantage late in the second period.
Anglin hit two free throws to trim the deficit to 45-17 before the Champions rattled off eight straight points on four layups by Gentry and Simpson to stretch their lead to 53-17 with 50 seconds left in the half.
After Murray made two foul shots in the waning moments of the first half to close the gap to 53-19 at the break, Cascade notched the first two baskets of the third quarter to make it 57-19.
The Rockets finally began to show some signs of life offensively and put together a 16-2 run behind five points from Murray, an Anglin trey, and four points apiece from Brown and Jones to whittle the deficit to 59-35 late in the third period.
Cascade then closed out the game by outscoring Forrest 20-10 the rest of the way to cap its 79-45 triumph.
Forrest: 10 9 17 9-45
Cascade: 28 25 12 14-79
Forrest: Donnie Murray 11, Dylan Jones 7, Graham Anglin 5, Korbin Brown 5, Jacob Rich 4, Sam Ford 4, Mitchell Everett 3, David Andrews 2, Austin Bailey, Ryley McClaran 2.
Cascade: Austin Gentry 17, Lane Simpson 15, Hayden Edmonson 11, Jaden Chumley 6, Jake Vincent 6, Jaden Russell 6, Quay Allen 5, Daniil Yatskov 4, Dacota Newcomb 4, Seth Gardner 3, Landon Parker 2.
Three-point goals: Forrest (4): Murray 2, Anglin, Everett; Cascade (5): Gentry, Edmonson, Simpson, Gardner, Allen.
Halftime score: Cascade 53, Forrest 19.