FMS Rockets take Page to the limit in World Tourney
Page Middle School beat the FMS Rockets 66-41 in a recent meeting and in the first round of the 55th Annual World Tournament at Forrest, the same two teams met again.
The heavily favored 2A Panthers ran into a determined Forrest squad that put together its best all-around performance of the season.
This time Forrest would not let the Panthers get comfortable in their offense and bang the Rockets in the low post like in the first meeting.
Instead, FMS head coach Robby Reasonover went to the full court press the entire game and it worked as Page played the Rockets' game on the Rockets' court.
"Our strategy was 24 minutes of pressing and trapping baseline to baseline," Reasonover said. "We couldn't just let them walk it down the floor and pass it into their posts. We had to make the game fast and not let them get comfortable."
Joseph Whittaker opened up the scoring in the game before Page went on an 8-0 run.
Andrew Timmons broke the Page scoring streak with a basket before Jason Amsler knocked down a bucket in the paint for the Panthers.
CJ Sanchez ended the first period with a Forrest basket and the Page led 10-6 after the first six minutes.
Johns Reasonover banged home Forrest's lone 3-pointer of the game on the first possession of the third quarter and after a Page missed shot, Timmons gave the Rockets an 11-10 lead with two free throws.
The Panthers eventually took a 15-14 lead, but with 1:45 remaining in the first half, Whittaker drained two free throws to put the Rockets back in front and after a Page missed shot, Timmons gave the Rockets an 18-15 lead.
Two Max Kirby free throws extended the Rockets' lead to 20-15 at the half.
"We finished the second quarter very strong and almost did not want to break our momentum by going to halftime," Reasonover said. "But, we made some adjustments and continued to stress our game plan."
In the third quarter Page went on the offensive with their full court press and it paid huge dividends as the Panthers outscored Forrest 20-3 in the period to take a commanding 35-23 lead, entering the fourth quarter.
"Their press caused multiple turnovers that helped them go on a run at the beginning of the third quarter," Reasonover said. "After they got a small lead, we couldn't overcome it done the stretch."
The Rockets tried to fight back, but could not overcome the big third quarter deficit and fell by the 11-point margin.
"Words can't express how proud I am of the guys and their efforts," Reasonover exclaimed. "We played a tough opponent and the boys were relentless and did not back down. Even though we lost, it was fun to be part of that game."
Page 10 5 20 9-44
FMS 6 14 3 10-33
Page (44): Gunner Gist 9, Andres Casella 8, Jake Dozier 7, Jason Amsler 7, Cooper Allen 4, Eston Snider 3, Will Turns 2, Chase King 2, Justin Miles 2,
3-point goals (2): Casella, Snider
Free throws (4-for-18): Casella 1-for-3, Dozier 1-for-2, Gist 1-for-2, Amsler 1-for-2, King 0-for-4, Allen 0-for-2, Cason Walker 0-for-2, Miles 0-for-1
Forrest (33): Andrew Timmons 11, CJ Sanchez 7, John Reasonover 4, Joseph Whittaker 4, Cole Perryman 2, John Dippold 2, Max Kirby 2, Hunter Bennett 1
3-point goals (1): Reasonover
Free throws (12-for-22): Sanchez 3-for-4, Kirby 2-for-5, Whittaker 2-for-4, Dippold 2-for-4, Reasonover 1-for-2, Timmons 1-for-1, Bennett 1-for-2
Halftime score: FMS 20, Page 15