There is a lot at stake for Farragut and very little time to get it right, but a giant step was taken in the On the Court for Cancer Shootout Saturday at Orr with a 57-54 victory over Hyde Park.
Coach William Nelson said he hopes the hard-fought victory will help his team get ready for Monday’s showdown against Westinghouse that will determine which team will drop from the Red Division to the White next season.
“We needed this one in the worst way,” Nelson said. “There’s nothing like going into a big game with confidence.”
Farragut trailed Hyde Park 54-49 with 1:30 remaining in the game when it forced two turnovers that led to a layup by Ashawn Jones and a three-pointer by Josh Adams. Those baskets tied the scored at 54-54 with 48 seconds left.
The Thunderbirds missed the front end of an one-and-one and Jones was fouled as he made a layup and completed the three-point play with nine seconds remaining for the victory.
Jones led the Admirals with 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Adams and Amir Jackson each scored 11 points and Ernest Johnson had 10 points and 11 rebounds.
“It was a hard-fought game against a very good team,” Nelson said. “This is definitely going to help us. There is a lot at stake Monday and we know we have to be at our very best in order to survive.”
Marcus Smith led Hyde Park with 24 points and Cashell Dickson had 16 points.
Hyde Park coach Antoine Samuels said his team had more than enough opportunities to win the game.
“You have to take care of the ball down the stretch and you have to make free throws,” Samuels said.