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Orr fends off feisty Farragut

01/13/2014, 10:45pm CST
By Michael O’Brien | mobrien@suntimes.com | @michaelsobrien

Farragut gave No. 3 Orr everything it could handle before Tyquone Greer stepped up in the fourth quarter and helped the Spartans escape with a 53-51 victory Monday.

Sire Carroll was one of Farragut’s best players last season. This year he comes off the bench for Orr. That’s a quick example of the current talent disparity between the Red-West foes.

It was far from obvious on the court Monday. The Admirals gave No. 3 Orr everything it could handle before star Tyquone Greer stepped up in the fourth quarter and helped the Spartans escape with a 53-51 victory.

Farragut senior Ashwan Jones (17 points) had drained two incredibly difficult shots in a row to pull the Admirals within two points with 10 seconds to play. He was attempting to make another one and send the game to overtime, but Orr’s Demetrius Dortch snatched the ball away from him to secure the win.

“He’s a tough player and was very hot the last couple minutes,” Dortch said. “[Orr coach Louis Adams] told me to go at him hard.”

Farragut led by two at the half and one after three quarters. Darryl Curtis opened the fourth with a three to give Orr the lead and then Greer exploded for eight consecutive points.

“That’s the type of player he is,” Adams said. “He can be a star, one of the best players in the state, but sometimes he hides it.”

Greer finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds, he was 5-for-13 from the field. Louis Adams Jr. scored 11 for the Spartans (10-1, 3-0). Armani Ousley and Marlon Jones each added eight points.

“That’s the player that I am,” Greer said. “Stepping up at the end when it counts to lead my team. [Farragut] came at us really strong and we had to find a way to respond.”

Junior Joshua Adams scored 13 for Farragut (3-5, 1-3). Ernest Johnson scored eight and grabbed 12 rebounds and Michael Myles added nine points and nine boards.

Despite Orr’s height advantage, the Admirals won the battle of the boards 38-34, an example of their impressive hustle throughout the game. Farragut has lost to four ranked teams this year, all the losses were close games.

“[Farragut coach Wolf Nelson] is a great coach and he’s had a program here for a long time,” Adams Sr. said. “We knew what we were heading into. Having [Carroll] with us now just added a little extra spark to them.”

Carroll scored one point and grabbed four rebounds for the Spartans.

Orr will host Young on Wednesday in one of the top regular-season games of the season.

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