CHAPEL HILL — After trailing by double figures in Tuesday night’s District 7-AA consolation game, the Forrest Rockets rallied to force a tie on three separate occasions in the second half …
CHAPEL HILL — After trailing by double figures in Tuesday night’s District 7-AA consolation game, the Forrest Rockets rallied to force a tie on three separate occasions in the second half against No. 4 seed Community, but just couldn’t get over the home and finish the comeback as the Vikings held on for a 48-42 win over Forrest.
The first half played well into Vikings’ hands by controlling the glass and hitting timely shots.
But after trailing by 11 at the half, Forrest caught fire and let it fly from the perimeter in the third quarter on a torrid, 17-6 run.
In the massive third, the Rockets cashed in on five treys, including four-straight at one point, and highlighted by a Davin Porter trey as time expired to knot the game at 32 for the second tie of the half.
Community went on to maintain a three-point lead through the first four minutes of the fourth until Jimmy Bond swished a three-pointer to tie the game at 40 apiece with 2:20 left.
But Community responded on a 8-0 run to take a 48-40 lead..
Ryan Meglis scored the final basket of the game with 23 seconds left, but Forrest was unable to get over the hump and mount another run at the Vikings’ lead.
Forrest had a chance to make it a one possession game with 10 seconds left, but the attempt caught the iron and Forrest’s Maki Fleming, who was playing in just his second game of the year, caught the rebound to effectively end the game.
Forrest connected on seven three-pointers in the game, highlighted by three from McCown, who led all scorers with 13 points.
Bray McCown added 10 as well.
Fleming, along with Landon Lovvorn, led the Vikings with 11 apiece.
Even with the loss, Forrest still advances to the region quarterfinals, but has a tall order to fill against No. 1 Class 2A team East Nashville on Saturday night.
Community 11 15 6 16 — 48
Forrest 5 10 17 10 — 42
Community: Landon Lovvorn 11, Maki Fleming 11, Cole Crockett 10, Ramone Hernandez 7, Jacob Flanagan 6, Jason Cullen 3.
Forrest: Ryan Meglis 13, Bray McCown 10, Davin Porter 9, Jimmy Bond 6, Mason Harper 4.
3-Point goals: Community (4): Lovvorn 3, Fleming; Forrest (7): McCown 3, Porter 2, Bond 2.
Halftime score: Community 26, Forrest 15.
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