FMS Rockets surging towards postseason

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Max Kirby (5) is fouled on his way to the basket in the second quarter by Community's Will Reed (13). Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

At one point this season the FMS (8-7) Rockets were three games under the .500 mark before winning six out the next eight ballgames, including Monday night's 42-24 victory over Community at Chapel Hill.

"We are playing good ball right now, we just have to keep it rolling," FMS coach Robby Reasonover said. "They are confident, but every team in this conference is good, so you have to bring your game every night."

The Rockets brought their game on Monday, especially Andrew Timmons, who was a one-man wrecking crew as he posted a career high 21 points, including 12 in the second half pull away by Forrest.

"Andrew is our 'X' factor, he is kind of a guard, slash post," Reasonover said. "He can do it all, he can shoot, he can be strong on the block and he is about what our team is."

"He had a really great game and his performance tonight is kind of what we expect of him."

Dakota Hill banged home a 3-pointer to start the game for Community before CJ Sanchez notched two free throws for FMS.

After a Community basket made it 5-3, Kirby nailed a 3-pointer followed by a Timmons steal and score for his first two points of the game.

Andrew Timmons poured in a career high 21 points in the Rockets win over the Vikings.

Timmons came up with another steal late in the period and fed Kirby for a basket as the Rockets led 9-6 at the end of the first quarter.

Community cut the FMS lead to 10-8 early in the second period before the Rockets surged ahead as Kirby nailed two free throws and that was followed by a Cole Perryman steal and feed to Timmons, who converted a three-point play after being fouled.

Forrest held a 19-12 halftime lead and Timmons struck again on the first possession of the second half on another three-point play, making it a 22-12 ballgame.

One Evan Petrie free throw stopped the Forrest run, but not for long as Sanchez made one foul shot before a Viking turnover led to a Timmons 3-pointer of the long range variety, doubling up the FMS lead at 26-13.

Forrest scored one more point in the period on a John Reasonover foul shot after a technical foul on the Community coach and the Vikings scored three more to trail 27-16, entering the final six minutes.

Seventh-grader John Dippold (15) fires in a 3-pointer in the fourth of the Rockets' big 42-24 win over Community Monday night at Chapel Hill.

Joseph Whittaker muscled in a basket in the low post to begin the fourth quarter as Forrest put the pedal to the metal, outscoring the Vikings 15-8 to claim the win and move above the high water mark.

"Just like I told them a few minutes ago, the first half (of the season) we were 3-6 and now we are sitting at 6-2 which is a great turnaround," Reasonover said. "But, if you watched those early games we were in those games and finding a way to lose them, now we are finding a way to win them."

Reasonover added, "These guys have been battled tested and the pressure doesn't bother them like it did earlier in the year----we are contenders and I believe we are a scary team, but you have to bring your best game every night or you will get beat."

Community 6 6 4 8-24

Forrest 9 10 8 15-42

Community-Will Reed 9, Dakota Hill 7, Evan Petrie 4, Zander Thurber 2, Stratton Lovvorn 2

Three-point goals-Hill 2

Free throws-Petrie 2-for-4, Hill 1-for-5

Forrest-Andrew Timmons 21, Max Kirby 10, CJ Sanchez 5, John Dippold 3, Joseph Whittaker 2, John Reasonover 1

Three-point goals-Kirby, Timmons, Dippold

Free throws-Timmons 4-for-4, Kirby 3-for-4, Sanchez 3-for-6, Reasonover 1-for-2, Blake Burnham 0-for-1

Halftime score-FMS 19, Community 12