Rockets win one, drop two at Overton holiday tourney

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
It was good to see senior Ty Hengesbach back in action after coming off an injury that has kept him out most of the season.
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Forrest Rockets ran into a buzz saw in the first round of the John Overton Christmas Classic as Rossview ran over Chapel Hill 79-62.

Rossview (12-3) beat Wilson Central 52-44 in round two before the Hawks lost 61-52 to Station Camp (10-6) in the championship game on Saturday.

The Rockets played much better after the first-round loss, beating Lewis County 63-58 on Friday before losing 61-49 to Jefferson County on Saturday.

Forrest’s first quarter versus Rossview was a nightmare as the Hawks made everything and the Rockets struggled to score.

Rossview’s Austin Jackson played like “Action” Jackson, nailing three 3-pointers in the first quarter and scoring 11 points in the period, while his teammate Cole Levin was also in double figures in the first quarter with 10 points as the Hawks led 27-10 after the first eight minutes.

Jackson finished with 25 points and seven 3-pointers, while Levin (16) and Max Leinweber (18) were also in double figures in the scoring column.

The two squads played evenly in the second period as the Rockets began to heat up, especially Ryley McClaran who scored nine points and hit a pair of treys before the first half ended with the Rockets tailing 46-28.

Martin Stewart (10 points) was one of three Rockets in double figures in the scoring column versus Rossview.

McClaran led all scorers in the game with 27 points, including four 3-pointers and Jacob Rich and Martin Stewart netted 10 points apiece for the Rockets in the contest.

Sam Ford hit two 3-pointers in the third period for the Rockets, but the rest of the team only scored three more as the Hawks increased their lead to 30 points at 67-37 by the end of the stanza.

McClaran scored the first four points of the fourth quarter and had 11 in the period, while Stewart had a big final stanza in the low post, netting five points from the free throw line.

Forrest coach Randy Toombs goes over some strategy with the Rockets in a second half huddle versus Rossview.

The Rockets (4-12) will be back in action next Tuesday when they host Giles County (2-7) in the first District 12-AA contest of the season for both ball clubs.

Forrest 10 18 9 25-62

Rossview 27 19 21 12-79

Forrest (62): Ryley McClaran 27, Jacob Rich 10, Martin Stewart 10, Sam Ford 6, Spencer McCown 5, Ty Hengesbach 2, Cameron Curtis 2, Mitchell Everette 1

3-point Goals (7): McClaran 4, Ford 2, Rich

Free Throws (14-for-22): Stewart 6-for-8, McClaran 3-for-5, Rich 3-for-4, McCown 1-for-2, Everette 1-for-2, Curtis 0-for-1

Rossview (79): Austin Jackson 25, Max Leinweber 18, Cole Levin 16, Cole Monson 9, AJ Reese 7, Isiah Phillips 2

3-point Goals (10): Jackson 7, Leinweber 2, Reese

Free Throws (9-for-17): Jackson 6-for-11, Phillips 2-for-3, Monson 1-for-2, Reese 0-for-1

Halftime Score: Rossview 46, Forrest 28