Rockets grab district win

Sunday, January 15, 2017
Ty Hengesbach drilled five 3-pointers in the Rockets' 68-61 win over Moore County Tuesday night at Forrest. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Forrest Rockets picked up their first District 9A win of the season Tuesday night at Chapel Hill, beating the Moore County Raiders 68-61.

"It's a very nice win in the district, hopefully we can have a good afternoon to follow up from last night," Forrest coach Randy Toombs said.

All three of Forrest's district wins the last two seasons have come over Moore County.

The Rockets can make up some ground in the district standings as they traveled to Huntland on Wednesday for a makeup game versus the Hornets and they host Fayetteville tonight for Homecoming.

"We have a non-typical afternoon game today in Huntland that is huge," Toombs stated. "If we could pull this one off, it would be a huge jump into Friday's game."

Ty Hengesbach broke out in a big way, scoring a game-high 23 points, including five 3-pointers and three treys in a 22-point second quarter that gave the Rockets a cushion they would need later in the game.

"Ty had a great night, he is a very hard working, caring young man and I'm very proud of how hard he plays," Toombs said. "He has always been able to shoot, but last night he cashed in on the hard work."

Jacob Rich, who tallied 12 points in the game, opened up the scoring with a driving layup and Hengesbach followed in suit.

The score remained 4-0 until the 3:47 mark of the first quarter when Isaac Holt scored in the low post for Moore County.

Sam Ford had 13 points in the contest and got four in row after getting fouled on a made field goal and then grabbing his missed foul shot and converting the put-back, making it 8-2.

The Rockets owned the boards in the period and Dylan Watt took advantage with a pair of rebound and put-backs, while Rich finished the first quarter with a 3-pointer, giving the home team a 15-8 lead.

"Sam and Jacob had solid games too," Toombs said. "They both have to play down low at times but can pop out to the arch and finish there too. Sam had a good night on the boards as well."

Hengesbach heated up in a big way from beyond the 3-point arc, draining three treys in the first two minutes of the second quarter, opening up a big 25-12 lead.

Jacob Rich flies to the hoop in the first quarter for two of his 12 points versus the Raiders.

Forrest remained on the downtown train the rest of the second quarter as Rich knocked down a long bomb and senior Austin Bailey added another as the Rockets took a 37-18 lead to the locker room.

Early in the third period, Rich banged home another 3-pointer and Mitchell Everett followed with a fast break bucket off a pretty pass from Hengesbach, giving the Rockets their biggest lead of the game at 44-23.

Moore County dug in, trying to stay in the game with a 14-7 run to trail by 14 points entering the fourth quarter.

Ford drilled a trey to open up the final period and Hengesbach hit his last two treys for the Rockets, who staved off every Raiders' comeback attempt claim the much needed victory.

Moore County 8 10 19 24-59

Forrest 14 11 15 24-68

Moore County (59): Clay Burnett 22, Julius Dixon 16, Garrett Jennings 8, Isaac Holt 7, Evan McKenzie 2, Cayden Smith 2, Bryson Knight 2

3-point goals (4): Dixon 2, Burnett 2

Free throws (13-for-24): Burnett 6-for-13, Jennings 4-for-7, Dixon 2-for-2, Holt 1-for-2

Forrest (68): Ty Hengesbach 23, Sam Ford 13, Jacob Rich 12, Ryley McClaran 7, Mitchell Everett 4, Dylan Watt 4, Austin Bailey 3

3-point goals (10): Hengesbach 5, Rich 2, McClaran, Bailey, Ford

Free throws (8-for-18): Hengesbach 4-for-4, McClaran 2-for-6, Ford 2-for-6, Rich 0-for-2

Halftime score: Forrest 37, Moore County 18