Rockets take down Eagles

Friday, January 8, 2016
Donovan Murray drives to the hoop for two of his game-high 20 points Tuesday night versus Summertown. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

Victory breaks 13-game losing streak

Forrest proved to be a different team than the one that lost by 32 points at Summertown on December 15 as the Rockets played inspired from the opening tip to come away with a 59-48 win at Chapel Hill Tuesday night.

"You only want the ones around you that really care enough to persevere through the any kind of toughness," Forrest coach Randy Toombs said. "If your doing the right thing, good things will come to you sooner or later, so I am very proud of the guys."

No more streak

The win broke a 13-game losing streak for the Rockets, who never trailed in the contest versus the Eagles.

"That's a good basketball team (Summertown) and we caught them on a night where they were not shooting well and we were and finally it was us," Toombs said. "It was us for four quarters and we got that lead early and kept it the entire game."

Forrest (2-15, 0-4) had a balanced scoring attack as Donovan Murray (20 points), Korbin Brown (12) and Ty Hengesbach (10) all recorded double digits.

Senior David Andrews had five points, five blocked shots and four rebounds before fouling out to a huge ovation by the appreciative Chapel Hill crowd, while Dylan Jones scored seven points and played tough in the low post all night.

Rockets on a roll

Murray scored to open the contest and Summertown's Nick Ridner matched the basket before the Rockets reeled off 10 straight points to take a 12-2 lead, forcing a Summertown timeout with 3:31 remaining in the first quarter.

Trey Trotter landed a field goal after the stoppage for the Eagles, but Murray went downtown for a 3-pointer as the Rockets went on to lead 17-7 at the end of the period.

Trotter hit one free throw to begin the second quarter before Brown scored on back-to-back possessions for the Rockets with the second bucket coming off Andrews' second blocked shot of the game.

Forrest still led by double digits with three minutes to go in the first half before Summertown went on a big 11-4 run that lasted until the intermission, cutting the Chapel Hill lead to 28-25.

Calming words

"They had that deer in the headlight look at halftime and I told them 'guys this is a good place to be and enjoy it when you get back out there and work as hard as the first half, do the same things you were doing and everything will be OK'," the coach stated.

Murray scored on a driving layup to begin the second half and after an offensive foul on Summertown, Andrews scored in the low post.

The Eagles would miss the basket on their next two possessions while the Rockets found the bottom on field goals by Murray and Austin Bailey to open up a 36-25 lead.

Adrian Price scored for the Eagles to break the FHS run, but the Rockets were determined, posting another 6-0 run on field goals by Andrews and Jones, plus a driving layup t the hoop by Brown.

Threes' impact

The spurt gave Forrest a 43-27 lead and it looked like the Rockets would run away and hide until the Eagles scored the next seven points to trial 43-34, entering the fourth quarter.

Freshman Ty Hengesbach drains a 3-pointer for the Rockets, who broke a 13-game losing streak with a 59-48 win over Summertown.

Summertown scored the first four points in the fourth quarter to shake Forrest a bit, but back-to-back 3-ponters by Murray and Hengesbach righted the Rockets' ship for a safe landing in the 11-point win.

"Summertown is a good team to beat and to be honest with you, Collinwood wasn't that good and we just didn't play well," Toombs said. "But tonight we played well against a good team and that counts."

Forrest takes on Huntland, the number-three ranked Class A team in the initial Associated Press' Top 10 Poll at home tonight in the first of eight consecutive District 9-A games.

"Huntland is a good basketball team and it will be fun," said Toombs. "But like always, as long as you fight and give yourself a fighting chance, everything will be OK."

Summertown 7 18 9 14-48

Forrest 17 11 15 16-59

Summertown-Adrian Price 12, Michael Burdette 11, Nick Ridner 9, Hunter Wallace 7, Trey Trotter 6, Austin Reeves 2, Dylan Powell 1.

Three-point goals-Price, Ridner.

Free throws-Burdette 7-9, Powell 1-2, Wallace 1-2, Trotter 4-8, Price 1-1.

Forrest-Donovan Murray 20, Korbin Brown 12, Ty Hengesbach 10, Dylan Jones 7, Austin Bailey 5, David Andrews 5.

Three-point goals-Murray 2, Hengesbach 2.

Free throws-Murray 2-4, Brown 2-5, Hengesbach 2-2, Bailey 3-6, Jones 3-4, Andrews 1-4.