Friday, Jan. 14, 2011
By John Solymossy
The No. 13 Farragut basketball team had the daunting task of facing No. 4 ranked Young on the road without its star center Rashaun Stimage. Stimage is out with a broken hand, however, the undersized Admirals rallied together to pull off an impressive 51-49, Red-West win against the Dolphins Tuesday night.
All the wins in this division are big, Farragut coach William Nelson said. With our big guy out, we had to make some adjustments and we got a big win against a good team tonight.
Senior forward DJ Tolliver led the Admirals (13-2, 5-2) with 21 points.
Tolliver has really stepped up, Nelson said. He has played up to my expectations and that is why he is my captain.
Farragut trailed at halftime, 29-27, but overcame the deficit by picking the intensity on the defensive end and were able to force several Young turnovers. The Admirals led 39-36 after three quarters.
Defense wins games and our coach told us to focus on that and it paid off with a win, said Tolliver.
Both teams traded scoring runs in the fourth quarter and Young led late 49-48 with just under a minute to play. However, Farragut senior guard Jonathan Collins sank a 10-foot jumper from the lane to put the Admirals ahead for good.
It is a great feeling, Jonathan Collins said. I was missing some of my shots earlier, but my teammates kept on me and I was able to make the shot at the end.
Young squandered a last-second inbound play as Luke Hager missed a three from the right corner with time expiring. The Dolphins (10-4, 5-1) were led in scoring Sam Thompson, who scored 11 points.
We got outplayed and outcoached tonight and the better team won tonight, said Young coach Tyrone Slaughter.