LMS Tigers rout Rockets to garner season split
On November 6 at Chapel Hill, the LMS Tigers lost a triple overtime thriller 65-60.
On Monday at Lewisburg, it wasn’t even close as the Tigers routed FMS 48-23.
Montai Vaughn and Kintorius Morris did heavy damage to the Rockets’ ship as they both netted 14 points apiece to outscore Forrest as a two-some.
Morris scored the first six points of the contest on a drive to the hoop, a foul shot, and a 3-pointer before Josh Rumley cut the lead to 6-4 on one free throw and a deep ball.
Morris knocked down another 3-pointer and Vaughn added a bucket as the Tigers pulled away again.
A Brenton Burchell trey by Forrest staved off the Tigers for a moment, but back-to-back field goals by Demari Braden at the end of the first quarter gave Lewisburg a 15-7 lead.
One Tayton Swift free throw kicked off the second quarter before the LMS duo struck again as they combined evenly for eight points to extend the Tigers’ lead to 23-8 with 4:06 remaining in the first half.
Forrest’s Brennan Mealer came up with back-to-back low post buckets before Morris drained another long bomb and the first half ended with LMS in front 26-13.
A pair of Thomas Beech baskets spurred an LMS 7-0 run that extended deep into the third quarter.
The Rockets finally scored on a Rumley free throw and they trailed 39-17, entering the fourth period.
Both coaches emptied the benches for the fourth quarter and the Tigers outscored the Rockets 9-6 to take the 25-point win and even the season series.
FMS’ Preston Gentry hit a 3-pointer and Jimmy Bond, Cage Caldwell, and Will Bennett all made one free throw in the fourth quarter for the Rockets, while Jayden Randolph nailed a 3-pointer and Vaughn, David Estep, and Jonathon Bair all had one field goal apiece for the Tigers.
FMS 7 6 4 6-23
LMS 15 11 13 9-48
FMS (23): Brennen Mealer 6, Josh Rumley 5, Brenton Burchell 3, Preston Gentry 3, Tayton Swift 2, Blaine Meeks 1, Jimmy Bond 1, Cage Caldwell 1, Will Bennett 1.
3-Point Goals (3): Burchell, Rumley, Gentry.
Free Throws (8-for-18): Swift 2-for-4, Rumley 2-for-4, Meeks 1-for-2, Bond 1-for-2, Caldwell 1-for-2, Bennett 1-for-2, Caleb Kirksey 0-for-2.
LMS (48): Montai Vaughn 14, Kintorius Morris 14, Demari Braden 6, Thomas Beech 4, Jayden Randolph 3, Jonathon Bair 2, Antomme Cawthorn 2, David Estep 2, Khi Canty 1.
3-Point Goals (3): Morris 3.
Free Throws (2-for-11): Canty 1-for-2, Morris 1-for-2, Braden 0-for-1, Pacey Adgent 0-for-2, Randolph 0-for-4.
Halftime Score: LMS 26, FMS 13.