Rockets beat Raiders, will meet again
Forrest's only two league wins of the season have been over Moore County with the latest coming Friday night when the Rockets beat the Raiders 72-50 at Chapel Hill.
"The boys played well, they seemed to come together as a defensive unit, which is crucial to success in the post season," Forrest coach Randy Toombs said.
Forrest freshman Ty Hengesbach tallied his varsity best scoring night of his young career, pouring in 26 points, including a red-hot seven-of-eight from 3-point range in the contest.
As fate would have it, the two squads will meet again in a District 9-A Tournament play-in game at tournament host Forrest on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
"Not going to mention, third time curse.... Just going to concentrate on still getting better at shot selection and defense," Toombs said. "When I was in high school our girls beat Oakland four times to get to the state, so it's very possible, just a little more challenging, and we are at home which helps us."
The winner will play third-seeded Community on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. with the Vikings a perfect 4-0 versus both clubs this season.
The Rockets trailed 5-0 early, but got going on back-to-back 3-pointers by Austin Bailey and Korbin Brown and after a Moore County basket, Forrest went on an 8-0 run sparked by Donovan Murray that gave Forrest a 14-7 lead.
Moore County fought back, cutting the Forrest lead to two points as they put together a 7-2 spurt, including three free throws by Stone Frost when he was fouled on a 3-point attempt.
A sign of good things to come for Forrest happened when Hengesbach nailed his first 3-pointer at the first quarter buzzer.
Hengesbach went off in the second quarter, drilling three more treys and scoring 11 points in the period for the Rockets, who led 37-25 at the intermission.
Holcomb nailed a 3-pointer for the Raiders to start the third period, but the Forrest defense went into high gear, holding Moore County to just six more points in the period, while Hengesbach didn't miss a beat.
Hengesbach made a pair of treys in the third quarter as the Rockets entered the fourth quarter, leading 49-34.
Dylan Jones came up huge for the Rockets in the final period, scoring nine points in the low post for the Rockets and Hengesbach converted a rare four-point play when he was fouled on a made 3-pointer and drained the subsequent foul shot.
Forrest pulled away for the 22-point win with Murray scoring 18 points, Jones and Brown had 13 points apiece and Bailey was also in double digits with 10 points.
Moore County 14 11 9 16-50
Forrest 19 19 11 23-72
Moore County-Montana Driver 11, Will Slatten 10, Stone Frost 8, Spencer Reese 8, Danny Diaz 5, Clay Burnett 4, Jay Laymon 4.
3-point goals-Burnett 1, Diaz 1, Driver 1, Laymon 1.
Free throws-Burnett 1-2, Frost 6-10, Driver 2-2, Laymon 1-2, Slatten 0-3.
Forrest-Ty Hengesbach 26, Korbin Brown 13, Dylan Jones 10, Austin Bailey 10, Donovan Murray, David Andrews 2.
3-point goals-Hengesbach 7, Brown 1, Bailey 1.
Free throws-Murray 4-6, Brown 4-4, Hengesbach 1-5, Bailey 5-6, Jones 3-5, Andrews 2-4.
Halftime score-Forrest 38, Moore County 25.