HUSTONTOWN - Fannett-Metal boys basketball coach Greg Best knew he was going to have his hands full with Forbes Road.
But he certainly wasn't anticipating what he got out of his rival in a Sideling Hill/Inter-County contest on Friday night.
Forbes Road came out with a vengeance after falling in double overtime to the Tigers earlier this season, and the Cardinals reigned victorious, 67-43.
"This wasn't what I was expecting at all," Best said. "We got beat in every aspect of the game tonight. We just need to find ourselves here before the season's over."
Fannett-Metal (10-8, 5-7 SHL, 7-5 ICC), which started the season with an impressive 10-4 record, is now on a four-game losing skid.
Forbes Road (5-14, 2-10 SHL, 3-8 ICC) began the game decently, but it was really the second quarter that ended up being the nail in the Tigers' coffin.
"We got an early run on them and got them a little frustrated," Cardinal coach Jeff Gelvin said. "We attacked them pretty good with our offense, and I thought we played super defense tonight."
After leading by five after the first eight minutes, Forbes Road started the second quarter on a 7-0 run to double up on Fannett-Metal, 24-12.
The Tigers scored two free throws to break the run, but Forbes answered with back-to-back field goals by Tristan Gelvin and Kyle Schoen, and Best took a timeout. During the break, Gelvin preached to his kids not to let the lead slip away, and they certainly did not.
The Tigers did not score a field goal the entire second quarter and allowed 22 points.
"Forbes just came ready to play," Best said. "It seemed like every bounce went their way, and nothing did ours. We lost any confidence that we had after the second quarter."
Defense was the key for a Forbes Road victory, and point guard Chase Shaw had a big part in that. The 5-foot-7 junior marked Fannett-Metal's Jordan Hurrell and him to just one point - Hurrell came in averaging 16.9 per game.
"I told him after the game that since I've coached for 20-some years, that's probably the best defensive job I've seen anybody do," Jeff Gelvin said. "When he didn't steal it, he got his hands on a lot of balls."
Shaw filled up the stat sheet with 14 points, five assists and four steals.
Also leading the pack for Forbes Road was Tristan Gelvin, who scored 14 points.
Fannett-Metal's Trevor Reisinger had a game-high 15 points, and Bryce Chilcote earned a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. The Tigers' Walker Bannister, back from an ankle injury, tallied only three points.
Despite having two scorers in double figures, the Tigers mustered fewer points than they've scored all season. Their shooting percentage was a mere 24.1 percent from the floor and just 15.4 percent during the first half. They also shot 16-for-31 (51.6%) from the line.
"It was almost like we were watching the Miami-Duke game (No. 1 Duke was blown out by Miami, 90-63)," Best said. "Everything they put up went in, and we couldn't get anything to fall."
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Forbes Road 67
Walker Bannister 1 1-2 3, Jordan Hurrell 0 1-2 1, Trevor Reisinger 5 5-9 15, Bryce Chilcote 4 6-10 14, Ryan Snyder 1 1-4 3, Dylan Bradley 1 1-2 4, Dan Peppernick 1 1-2 3, Layton Hoffman 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 16-31 43.
Macklin Hawkins 3 1-2 7, Kyle Schoen 3 2-2 8, Tristan Gelvin 3 7-11 14, Tyson Berkstresser 1 0-0 3, Chase Shaw 5 2-2 14, Brock Broadwater 3 0-0 7, Hunter Horton 3 0-0 6, Gunner Strait 3 1-1 8, Grant Moore 0 0-0 0, Cordell Strait 0 0-0 0, Nick Keller 0 0-0 0. Total s23 13-18 67.
Fannett-Metal 12 3 8 20 - 43
Forbes Road 17 22 12 16 - 67
3-point shots - FM 1 (Bradley); FR 5 (Shaw 2, Gelvin, Berskstresser, G.Strait). Shooting - FR 23-59 (39.0%); FM 13-54 (24.1%). Rebounds - FM 35 (Chilcote 11); FR 30 (Hawkins 6). Assists - FM 7 (Hurrell 5); FR 9 (Shaw 5). Steals - FM 3; FR 4 (Shaw 4). Turnovers - FM 11; FR 16. Blocked shots - FM 5 (Reisinger 3); FR 5 (Schoen 2).
JV: Forbes Road 52, Fannett-Metal 16. Brock Broadwater led the Cardinals with 15 points; Dylan Bradley led the Tigers with 5 points.
Next game: F-M: Saturday, at Carson Long, 2:30 ... FR: Monday, at home vs. Chestnut Ridge, 7:30.