FMS Rockets win triple overtime thriller over LMS

Friday, November 9, 2018
Kintarius Morris (2) led all scorers in game with 26 points, including 15 points in the three overtime periods.
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The LMS Tigers travelled to Chapel Hill Tuesday night for some round ball and the game turned out to be one for the ages as both squads battled back and forth in a three overtime classic won by the Rockets 65-60.

LMSí Kintarius Morris led all scorers in the ballgame with 26 points and Montai Vaughn added 15 for the Tigers, while the Rockets had four players in doubles figures, led by Brennan Mealerís 13 points.

Tayton Swift, Keaton Curtis, and Ryan Meglis all were in double figures for Forrest with 11 points apiece.

Five players fouled out in the marathon as Demari Braden, Markhiyus Canty, and Antomme Cawthorn all had five fouls for Lewisburg and Keaton Curtis and Josh Rumley fouled out for Chapel Hill.

Morris scored 15 of his points in a remarkable effort during the three-overtime span, highlighted by a trio of three-point plays the old-fashioned way on three soaring drives to the rack.

Meglis was equally incredible as he poured in all 11 of his points in the final two overtime periods, including two 3-pointers from distance and one the old-fashioned way on a steal and score.

Brennan Mealer led the Rockets in scoring with 13 points, including a 7-for-13 effort from the free throw line, all coming in the fourth quarter and the three overtime periods.

Mealer tied the game from the free throw line to send the game to overtime, tied the game again on a bucket at the end of the first overtime, and tallied nine of his 11 points in the three extra periods that included a yeomanís 5-for-9 effort from the charity stripe.

The Rockets led 19-13 at the half before LMS doubled up FMS in the third quarter 18-9 to take a 31-28 lead to the fourth period.

Thatís when the fun began when Josh Rumley banged home a 3-pointer for FMS to tie the contest before back-to-back Tigersí baskets by Markhiyus Canty and Vaughn gave LMS a four-point lead.

Swift scored four straight points to rally the Rockets back with a tie at 35-35, but a Demari Braden bucket with 55 seconds remaining in the game gave LMS a 37-35 lead.

A Forrest turnover gave the ball back to the Tigers, who called timeout with 38.4 seconds on the clock.

Rumley came up with a steal and score out of the stoppage for the Rockets, tying the game at 37 until a basket at the other end by Braden put LMS up 39-37.

Mealer was fouled with 18.7 seconds left and made one of two from the free throw line before an LMS missed shot led to another foul on Mealer with 1.7 seconds remaining in regulation.

Mealer buried the first attempt, but spun off the second and the game went to overtime tied at 39.

The first three-minute overtime period started with a Thomas Beech bucket in the low post followed by a steal and score by Morris to give the Tigers a four-point margin.

Antomme Cawthorn (15) drives to the hoop for a basket that gave the Tigers a 47-44 lead in the second overtime.

LMS had chances to increase its lead, but failed two times to convert the front end of one-and-one opportunities at the free throw line.

Morris made one free throw with 41 seconds left in the contest to make it 44-41 before a Mealer basket cut the margin to a single digit and after two missed free throws by LMS with eight seconds left, Swift lifted FMS to a tie as he made one of two from the charity stripe, sending the game to a second overtime tied at 44.

The second overtime was a sight to see as LMS scored the first three points in the period to lead 47-44 before Meglis and Curtis scored on back-to-back three-point plays the old fashioned on steal and scores to give the Rockets a 50-47 lead.

A Morris drive to hoop made it a one-point game, but Meglis recovered the three-point lead when he made two free throws with 1:09 left in the contest.

Morris added another twist and turn to the melodrama when he scored on a three-point play to the hoop to tie the game at 52-52 and after a missed Forrest field goal, Morris gave LMS a one-point lead at the free throw line with 31.4 seconds remaining.

Unbelievably, Mealer was fouled on a 3-point attempt and made two-out-of-three to put the Rockets in front 54-53.

Morris countered again with a three-point play with a drive to the rack and with just seconds remaining, Mealer knocked in a short basket to send the thriller to a third overtime period.

Ryan Meglis (20) came up huge for the Rockets, scoring all 13 of his points in the game in the overtime periods.

Meglis rained home a long bomb to start the third overtime and there was no scoring for about a minute until Jonathan Bair scored his only bucket of the game for the Tigers on a rebound and put-back to cut the FMS lead to one point at 59-58.

Another Meglis missile landed in the net to give FMS a 62-58 lead and with 26.3 seconds left in the game, Morris calmly nailed two free throws to give the Rockets a two-point lead.

Mealer was fouled again with 17.2 seconds left and he buried both charity shots to seal the deal as he made it a two possession game at 64-60.

An LMS miss put Mealer back on the free throw line with 5.1 seconds left and he made the first shot and missed the second before time ran out.

LMS 3 10 18 8 5 12 4-60

FMS 6 13 9 11 5 12 9-65

LMS (60): Kintarius Morris 26, Montai Vaughn 15, Demari Braden 6, Markhiyus Canty 4, Thomas Beech 4, Jonathan Bair 3, Antomme Cawthorn 2.

Free Throws (9-for-25): Morris 8-for-14, Bair 1-for-2, Braden 0-for-4, Canty 0-for-2, Bailing Luttrell 0-for-2, Vaughn 0-for-1.

3-point goals (3): Morris 2, Vaughn 1.

Fouled Out (3): Braden, Canty, Cawthorn.

FMS (65): Brennan Mealer 13, Tayton Swift 11, Keaton Curtis 11, Ryan Meglis 11, Blaine Meeks 9, Josh Rumley 8, Brenton Burchell 2.

Free Throws (15-for-28): Mealer 7-for-13, Meglis 3-for-5, Swift 3-for-5, Curtis 1-for-1, Meeks 1-for-2, Rumley 0-for-2.

3-point goals (6): Curtis 2, Rumley 2, Meglis 2.

Fouled Out (2): Curtis, Rumley.

Halftime Score: FMS 19, LMS 13.

End of Regulation: FMS 39, LMS 39.