Farragut’s Ashwan Jones has a ragged, unorthodox offensive game. It’s difficult to figure out how he scores his points, aside from sheer willpower and drive. Jones is constantly around the ball and he seems to always find a way to score.
Sunday at Corliss against Bogan in the second round of the Public League playoffs, the 6-4 senior faced his biggest test of the season.
The Admirals trailed by four points at halftime, and Jones was struggling to breathe.
“I was just really short of breath,” Jones said. “It’s happened a few times this week. I’ve been having some flu-like symptoms.”
“He had an asthma attack at halftime,” Farragut coach William Nelson said. “We were running all over trying to get him a pump. Thankfully we found one and everything was alright.”
After he caught his breath, Jones went out and scored 17 of his game-high 27 points to lead the Admirals to a 65-64 upset of Bogan.
“Jones has just been so consistent all year,” Nelson said. “Once he gets going I really don’t have any clue what he’s going to do and I’ve been watching him for years. So that has to be really difficult to defend.”
Bogan led 61-59 late in the fourth quarter when Jones got to the free-throw line. He hit both shots to tie the game. Ernest Johnson took it from there, draining 4 of 6 free throws in the final 1:32 to seal the win.
“I like to keep people guessing on defense,” Jones said. “I like to keep people on their heels and then just play as hard as I can.”
Bengals star Luwane Pipkins (22 points, six rebounds) drained a three at the buzzer to account for the one-point margin.
One week ago Farragut (11-11) was facing a possible demotion to the White Division. Three wins later they have a spot in Sunday’s Public League playoff quarterfinals at Chicago State.
“I had a lot of former players come in and talk to the team about what it means to play for Farragut,” Nelson said. “Even [former Farragut star] Sonny Parker came in. Things have turned around since then. They are playing hard.”
Jones didn’t just score, he also grabbed 10 rebounds. Junior Joshua Adams added 16 points and six rebounds for Farragut, Ameer Jackson scored nine points and Johnson finished with eight points and 10 rebounds.
Antonio Thomas scored five points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Bogan (24-4).
James Jones scored 14 and Tom Johnson added nine points.