FMS falters in DRVC title game

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
The FMS Rockets finished the season as the DRVC Tournament runner-up.
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The FMS Rockets were on their way to a Duck River Valley Conference Tournament title on Saturday at Community when it all fell apart, losing to Cascade 39-27.

Forrest led 21-16 entering the fourth quarter when Cascade came storming back, scoring 21 points in the final six minutes to win going away.

“They packed a 2-3 zone on us and we weren’t ready for that,” FMS coach Jacob Daughrity said. “We tried to run a few plays and threw away and made some bad decisions and let that get to our head.”

The Champions won the game from the free throw line, nailing 13-of-16 in the fourth quarter and 19-of-27 in the contest, compared to just 10-of-14 for Forrest.

“We didn’t agree with a few fouls there at the end and we decided to let go of the game and not finish like we have in the past two games,” Daughrity said. “That’s what it takes in the tournament is finishing, regardless of who it is, what’s is going on, calls, or whatever the other team is doing.”

“We didn’t do that today, but we are going to finish the season strong and fix those things.”

When FMS standout Andrew Timmons fouled out with 4:13 remaining in the game, Forrest trailed 24-23.

After he left, Cascade outscored the Rockets 15-4 to secure the title.

Hunter Bennett made the only 3-pointer in the game for the Rockets.

It was an uphill battle to start the game as Cascade scored the first four points before Hunter Bennett nailed the lone 3-pointer in the game for the Rockets.

Two free throws by Timmons were the only other points scored by FMS in the first quarter as they trailed 8-5.

Timmons singlehandedly brought the Rockets back in the second quarter, scoring eight out of the 11 points FMS tallied in the period to take a 16-11 halftime lead.

The Rockets surged ahead, taking a 21-13 lead on a three-point play by Timmons with 2:23 left in the third quarter, but Cascade countered with a 5-0 run to end the period behind 21-18.

The Champions scored four straight to begin the fourth quarter and Timmons picked up his fourth foul during the mini-run.

Timmons scored to seesaw the lead back to FMS at 23-22 and then fouled out, signaling the end for the Rockets, who watched as Cascade slammed the door from the free throw line.

Lucas Clanton, who led the Champions in scoring with 11 points did the most damage from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter, hitting 8-of-10 free throws.

Timmons led all scorers in the game with 15 points.

Timmons, Bennett, and John Randle Dippold were selected to the DRVC All-Conference Team, while Timmons, Bennett, and Deason Jones made the All-Tournament squad.

The Rockets travel to East Hickman on January 4, 2018 and host Page (Jan. 8) and Lewisburg (Jan. 11) before the World Tournament begins on Jan. 17.

“Coach (Randy) Toombs and I told guys, see how this feels right here not finishing and losing this championship and take it to the next game and treat them all the same,” Daughrity said.

FMS 5 11 5 6-27

Cascade 8 3 7 21-39

FMS (27): Andrew Timmons 15, John Randle Dippold 3, Hunter Bennett 3, Tayton Swift 2, Braden Boyer 2, Brenton Burchell 2

3-point Goals (1): Bennett

Free Throws (10-for-14): Dippold 3-for-4, Timmons 3-for-3, Boyer 2-for-4, Burchell 2-for-2, Jeremiah Beasley 0-for-1

Cascade (39): Lucas Clanton 11, Ryan Inman 8, Noah Mason 8, Justis Carter 8, Keydon Bassham 2, Jacob Curl 2

3-point Goals (0)

Free Throws (19-for-27): Clanton 9-for-12, Inman 6-for-6, Mason 4-for-8, Carter 0-for-1

Halftime Score: FMS 16, Cascade 11