Boys Basketball: Young rallies past Farragut
Updated: January 13, 2012 10:33PM
Something about Young brings out the competitive spirit in its opponents.
Farragut had the Dolphins on the ropes, but faltered down the stretch as Young escaped with a 47-43 Red-West road victory Friday.
The Dolphins (8-5, 4-1) trailed after each of the first three quarters and did not take their first lead until they hit three consecutive three-pointers at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
Trailing 29-24 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, a three by Gabe Snider and two consecutive threes by Scott Kingsley gave Young its first lead of the game 34-30 with 6:33 remaining.
With the score tied at 43, Keith Langston fed Jahlil Okafor for a basket to put Young up 45-43 led with 14 seconds left in the game. After a Farragut miss, Jordan Smith sank two free throws with three seconds remainig for the final margin.
Okafor led the Dolphins with 10 points, two more than Keith Langston and Snider.
Rashaun Stimage had a game-high 18 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks for Farragut (7-6, 4-2).
“It was very choppy game with so many fouls called. We couldn’t get into a decent flow,” Young coach Tyrone Slaughter said. “But the kids battled and we got great production out of our bench, especially Langston and Kingsley.”
Okafor said the Dolphins’ tough schedule helped them pull out the win. “When you play the types of teams that we play and go up against some of the best teams in the country, you don’t panic,” he said.
“A couple of missed opportunities costed them the game,” Farragut coach William Nelson said. “We missed four crucial free throws down the stretch and we lost by four points. We also fail to block out to allow them to get the rebounds on the go ahead baskets.”