FMS Rockets falter late, fall to Cascade

Friday, December 16, 2016
Forrest's Andrew Timmons, racing on for a layup after stealing the ball, followed up a 21-point performance on Monday with 25 points versus Cascade Thursday night at Chapel Hill. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The FMS Rockets took much of the season to fight back to the .500 mark and wanted to finish up at 9-7 for the Duck River Valley Conference (DRVC) regular season slate on Thursday night at Chapel Hill versus Cascade.

It was a great game.

Chapel Hill fell into an early 8-2 hole before storming back to take the lead via a 9-2 run that was capped off on a CJ Sanchez rebound and put-back that gave the Rockets an 11-10 lead with just over a minute to go in the first quarter.

A Brandon Holt bucket seesawed the lead back to Cascade and then things got interesting when Cascade coach Mike Edmondson incurred two technical fouls and was ejected.

After several minutes of heated discussion, Edmondson left the floor and Timmons hit 3-of-4 free throws due to the technical foul before Timmons and Cascade's Seth Countess traded baskets at the end of the wild first quarter with Forrest leading 16-14.

The Champions seemed like the inspired squad to begin period number two as they built a lead that grew to 24-19 on two Countess free throws near the two-minute mark of the first half.

The Rockets tied the game at the free throw line as Timmons nailed three and Sanchez converted two more down the stretch, making it 24-24 at the half.

The Champions came out firing long bombs in the third quarter as Holt made back-to-back 3-pointers, putting Cascade up 30-24.

Timmons got one 3-pointer back and after a Cascade missed shot, Timmons scored on a runner in the lane, making it 30-29.

CJ Sanchez (21) grabs a rebound in the low post and gets position before scoring two of his nine points in the Rockets' 43-39 loss to Cascade.

Another Champion brick led to the go-ahead score by Sanchez and after a Cascade turnover, Timmons nailed two free throws to give Forrest a 33-30 lead, forcing a Cascade timeout with 3:14 left in the third period.

Holt nailed his third and final 3-pointer of the game moments later and Joseph Whittaker followed with a basket for Forrest, but the quarter ended on an Ethan Swan basket for Cascade, tying the game at 35, entering the fourth period.

An artic breeze blew in for the fourth quarter as the Rockets went ice-cold from the field and did not score a basket until under the one-minute mark when Timmons scored, but it was too little too late as the Rockets fell 43-39.

Sixth-seeded Forrest (8-8) opens up DRVC Tournament play when they face off with #3 MTCS on Thursday at Cascade at 6 p.m.

Cascade 14 10 11 8-43

Forrest 16 8 11 4-39

Cascade (43): Seth Countess 19, Brandon Holt 9, Ethan Swan 6, Landon Lane 5, Michael Gentry 2, Lucas Clanton 1, Elijah Smith 1

3-point goals (5): Holt 3, Lane, Countess

Free throws (7-for-17): Countess 6-for-10, Clanton 1-for-3, Lane 0-for-4

Forrest (39): Andrew Timmons 25, CJ Sanchez 9, Joseph Whittaker 3, John Reasonover 2

3-point goals: (1): Timmons

Free throws (12-for-18): Timmons 8-for-10, Sanchez 3-for-4, Whittaker 1-for-2, Max Kirby 0-for-2

Halftime score: FMS 24, Cascade 24