Rockets bite Bulldogs for 2nd straight win
Forrest hosted intra-county rival Cornersville Monday for Senior Night at Chapel Hill and the Rockets prevailed 72-42 in a game that had both clubs coming into the contest with just four wins between the two schools.
The final score does not indicate how close of a game it was in the first half as the Bulldogs came out inspired, roaring off to an 8-0 to start the contest.
'Stayed the course'
"We got ourselves down, but we stayed the course and didn't do anything different and we wore them down," Forrest coach Randy Toombs said. "I'm proud of them for staying the course and it turned out nice and the boys did well."
Cody Caneer, who led the Bulldogs with 10 points in the contest, hit a 3-pointer to start the game and after Dylan Jones got the Rockets on the scoreboard with two free throws with 5:15 remaining in the first quarter, Caneer drilled another trey.
Forrest chipped back, cutting the lead to six points late when senior David Andrews converted a one-and-one from the free throw line and senior Donovan Murray made it a four-point game with a basket with just a few seconds to go in the period.
Senior Korbin Brown singlehandedly brought the Rockets back, outscoring Cornersville 7-1 to give Forrest an 18-16 lead with 6:02 remaining on the first half.
Two Austin Ridinger free throws tied the game at 18 and the Rockets went on another run, this time on a 7-0 run by Murray, including a 3-pointer that made it 25-18.
Ridinger drilled a 3-pointer and moments later, Cameron Whittaker hit a trey for the Bulldogs, making it a 27-24 ballgame.
Senior Night was right on for the Rockets as the three Forrest seniors combined for the next 10 points in the game as Forrest took a 37-24 lead to the intermission.
An Andrews' basket, followed one possession later by a Jacob Rich rebound and put-back increased the Forrest lead to 17-points at 41-24 to open the second half.
The Rockets poured it on defensively and eventually opened up a 20-point lead on Ryley McClaran 3-pointer with two minutes left in the period.
The Rockets took a commanding 55-32 lead into the fourth quarter.
After an Andrews basket, followed by a steal and score by the Rockets made it 60-32, Toombs emptied the bench with 6:54 remaining in the game.
Cole Villazon, Spencer McCown and Sam Ford all scored for the Rockets in the fourth quarter and Josh Meglis hit a 3-pointer in the final minutes for Forrest.
Cornersville got some production by youngsters Tyler Wolaver, Dakota Polk, Marques Martin and Alexander Stewart, who all tallied two points in the fourth quarter for the Bulldogs.
"This is an exciting time to play basketball, this is when you get excited about basketball," Toombs said. "You can do a lot of things to get ready in the regular season, but this is it man, this is tournament time and we want to win two games to get to the region."
More to come
The Rockets (5-21, 2-10) will be back in action on Thursday when they host Perry County (12-10) before Saturday's District 9-A play-in versus Moore County (3-21, 0-12).
"The last time we played Perry County we ran the ball and did halfway decent, so maybe we can do it again," Toombs said. "But, they are a tough ballclub."
Cornersville 15 9 8 10-42
Forrest 11 26 18 17-72
Cornersville-Cody Caneer 10, Austin Ridinger 9, Cameron Whittaker 8, Michael Allen 5, Will Vanhooser 2, Dakota Polk 2, Marques Martin 2, Alexander Stewart 2, Tyler Wolaver 2.
3-point goals-Canner 2, Whittaker 1, Ridinger 1.
Free throws-Whittaker 1-5, Caneer 0-6, Ridinger 2-8, Allen 3-7, Wolaver 0-2.
Forrest-Donovan Murray 15, David Andrews 12, Korbin Brown 12, Ryley McClaran 9, Dylan Jones 7, Jacob Rich 5, Ty Hengesbach 4, Josh Meglis 3, Cole Villazon 2, Sam Ford 2, Spencer McCown 1.
3-point goals-Ryley McClaran 3, Murray 1, Meglis 1.
Free throws-Murray 0-6, Brown 2-3, Brett Burnham 0-1, Hengesbach 2-2, Rich 1-2, Jones 3-4, McCown 1-2, Andrews 2-2.
Halftime score-Forrest 35, Cornersville 24.