Farragut overcomes FT issues, tops Young

Farragut overcomes FT issues, tops Young

Sunday, March 13, 2011
12:45 a.m.
By Seamus Brennan
Yourseason.com

Despite its free throw woes down the stretch, No. 7 Farragut did just enough to defeat No. 8 Young 44-42 to win the 4A York Sectional Friday night.

The Admirals (24-4) shot 2-for-8 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter and 8-for-18 on the night.

It wasnt easy for me on the sidelines watching those free throws, said Farragut coach William Nelson.

Alphonse Matthews went to the line with 5.5 seconds left in regulation with Farragut leading 43-42. But Matthews missed both and Young rebounded and called a timeout to draw up a play with 3.8 seconds to go.

But Luke Hagers baseball pass was intercepted and Jonathan Collins got sent to the line with 2.5 seconds left. Collins made the first then missed the second, but DJ Tolliver secured the offensive rebound and the victory.

Sectional champs, Nelson said. That has a nice ring to it. But the goal from Day 1 has been to win the state championship so we still got work to do.

Both teams went back and forth all night with a total of 13 lead changes throughout the contest. The Dolphins biggest lead was seven points when they led 23-16 with 1:35 left in the second quarter. But Farragut trimmed its deficit to three by going on a 4-0 run to close the half.

We were able to contain their bigs tonight, Nelson said. Our smaller bigs did a good job.

Youngs big men, Tommy Hamilton and Jahlil Okafor, were held to a combined six points in the first half. But Hamilton went off in the second half, scoring nine points and helped get Young a 37-31 lead in the third quarter.

But that lead would not stick.

The Admirals went on a 7-1 run to close the third quarter with Gabe Williams scoring five points during the stretch. Williams and Collins led Farragut with 11 points each.

We got just enough guard play out of Williams and Tolliver to win, Nelson said. Theyve both been big for us all year.

The Dolphins (20-11) had its chances to steal the win, but free-throw problems of their own plagued them. Young went 2-for-6 in the fourth quarter and 7-for-17 overall.

Hamilton led Young with 12 points. Ohio State-bound Sam Thompson was held to two points.

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Fire trade for midfielder Dax McCarty

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Fire trade for midfielder Dax McCarty

Midfield has been an area of focus this offseason for Chicago Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez and another new addition to that group was added on Monday.

The Fire have traded $400,000 in general allocation money in return for midfielder Dax McCarty from the New York Red Bulls. Paul Tenorio of Four Four Two first reported the trade.

McCarty was an All-Star in 2015 and part of the league's Best XI that season when he had eight assists to go with a goal. Last season he made 26 starts for the Red Bulls and totaled three goals and had five assists.

"Since the middle of 2016, we made acquiring Dax our No. 1 priority," Rodr√≠guez said in the club's press release. "We believe adding his character and leadership in the locker room, as well as his exceptional soccer abilities on the field, dramatically improves our team."

The last time McCarty played at Toyota Park was a 2-2 draw on July 31 when a Khaly Thiam tackle caused a fractured tibia, which forced McCarty to sit out a month.

McCarty got married on Saturday, which delayed his arrival to the current U.S. national team camp. McCarty's participation in national team camp means he will join the Fire's preseason already in progress. The final match of the camp is on Feb. 3 while the Fire are set to start preseason on January 23.

McCarty, 29, has spent the past five and a half seasons with the Red Bulls. He began his career by playing five seasons for FC Dallas and was with D.C. United for part of the 2011 campaign before being traded to the Red Bulls. As an 11-year league veteran and the Red Bulls' captain, McCarty adds leadership and experience which Rodriguez has prioritized this offseason.

The Fire already added a former MLS All-Star in midfield this offseason in Juninho. The pair could line up next to each other in the preferred 4-2-3-1 coach Veljko Paunovic used for most of last season. This also could potentially put Matt Polster's role with the team in question. As the roster stands now, the third-year midfielder would be competing for two veteran All-Star caliber midfielders who were brought in at a high price.

Not to suggest a position move is in the works for Polster, but he did split time between midfield and right back with the Fire in 2015 under coach Frank Yallop and played there for the U-23 national team in Olympic qualifying. Right back remains a position of need by Rodriguez's own admission.

The trade also adds further context to the Fire trading the No. 3 pick in the draft on Friday. The Fire swapped the pick for $250,000 in general allocation money from New York City FC and Tenorio is reporting the Fire will send $400,000 to the Red Bulls for McCarty. To add those two moves together, the Fire dealt the No. 3 overall pick and $150,000 of allocation money for McCarty.