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Jahlil Okafor, Young hold on against Farragut

12/16/2013, 9:45pm CST
By Clyde Travis

Jahlil Okafor scored 19 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as Young held off a late Farragut rally to earn a 56-50 victory on Monday.

Last year, Farragut erased a 20 point deficit to upset Young. This year, the Admirals were hoping for some of the same magic, but their effort came up short as host Young prevailed 56-50 on Monday in Red-West play.  

Farragut used a slow-down strategy to start the game were tied with the Dolphins 6-6 midway through the first quarter. Two monster jams by Jahlil Okafor off of missed shots gave the Dolphins a 10-6 lead at the end of the quarter that they never relinquished. Young finished the half leading 21-11.

Both teams struggled to score in the first half as Young shot 7-for-24 from the field and Farragut was 4-for-26.

The Dolphins (3-1, 2-0) slowly pulled away in the third quarter as they built their largest lead, 37-20, with Paul White sinking three consecutive buckets. Farragut used a 16-5 run in the fourth quarter to cut Young's lead to 48-42 with 1:38 reaming. Josh Adam keyed the run for the Admirals (2-3, 2-2) by hitting three straight three-pointers. 

White helped get things back under control for the Dolphins as he sank two baskets and made three free throws to seal the victory.

Okafor led Young with 19 points and grabbed ten rebounds with four blocks. Miles Reynolds finished with 18 points and White added 14 points and nine rebounds. 

After the game Okafor said he felt responsible for his team's poor performance.  "We did not play well today at all," he said.  "We were playing like we wanted the game to be over before it started. 

''As a captain and team leader that is part of my responsibility. We have to stay focused and keep our composure no matter who we're playing."

Farragut coach William Nelson said his team gave it a valiant effort but they had to play a perfect game in order to defeat Young.

"They are a quality team with a player that no one can match up with," Nelson said. "We caught them napping in the first half but didn't take advantage of that opportunity. In the second half we played them in a style in which they were uncomfortable, and we had some great opportunities but we dug ourselves a hole too deep early on."

Adams led all scorers with 23 points, while  Ashawn Jones added 15 and Ernest Johnson grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.

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