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Raiders can’t overcome slow start against Rockets

Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 9:05 am

Moore County's Doran Noble drives to the basket against Forrest. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

LYNCHBURG — Forrest outscored Moore County 11-1 to open up Friday’s game and the Raiders never managed to catch up. The Rockets had an answer for every Moore County run and eventually picked up a 56-41 victory.

Despite falling behind early in a sloppy contest, the Raiders trailed by only eight points, 21-13, at intermission. Moore County had a chance to trim the lead even closer, but couldn’t take advantage of a couple of opportunities late in the first half, including a missed shot late that would have cut the lead to five points.

“Of course that’s frustrating,” said Moore County head coach Lavon King. “We had a couple of opportunities where we missed some lay-ups, and our 3s, I think we were 0-for-7. A couple of them just rimmed out. We just never could get that basket to get over that hump.”

After falling behind, Moore County stayed within striking distance throughout the second and third quarter, but the Rockets never let the Raiders make the kind of run that kept the game close when the two teams met each other in Chapel Hill on Nov. 30. The Rockets won that meeting by just four points.

Moore County trailed by as many as 14 in the third quarter before baskets by Dalton Barrier and Blydge Farrar trimmed the lead back to 10.

The lead ballooned to 17 points with 1:48 left in the game and the visitors became content to play keep away. Unfortunately for Moore County, the Raiders simply couldn’t overcome their slow start.

Cole Boyce led the Raiders with 10 points. Dillon Davis and Ben Harvey added eight apiece and Barrier netted six. Chris Nix scored three, while J.P. Robinson, Farrar and Doran Noble had two each.

Hoping to snap a three-game losing streak, Moore County will host Fayetteville City on Tuesday. The Raiders will travel to Murfreesboro to face Middle Tennessee Christian School on Friday night.