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Farragut coach William Nelson was disappointed with his team’s play Saturday against Glenwood, but he liked the way it rebounded with a 68-59 victory over Robeson Sunday at the Chicago Public Schools Board of Education Shootout at Chicago State.
One of the main reasons for the turnabout was 6-6 junior Sire Carroll, who scored just four points and had only five rebounds in Saturday’s loss. He led all scorers with 32 points and 10 rebounds in Sunday’s victory.
Carroll scored 14 points in the first quarter to get the Admirals (1-3) off to a good start and then closed out the game with 12 points in the fourth quarter. Farragut blew the game open in the fourth quarter with a 8-4 spurt which gave the Admirals their largest lead, 58-43, with 4:44 remaining to play.
Nelson said he has never before coached a team that started out the season 0-3 and was glad to get that first win.
“Yesterday I told them that I only needed seven games to get to 400 and the way we were playing, I probably won’t get them until next year,” said Nelson.
Carroll said he was more focused and the team didn’t want to disappoint Nelson anymore with the way they were playing.
“We love Coach and we saw how upset he was with our efforts,” Carroll said. “I just had to take more responsibility and get more focused to help the team start to play better. We are a better team than we have shown.”
Ernest Johnson was also in double figures for Farragut, scoring 17.
Robeson coach Isaac Carter said he was pleased with some aspects of his team’s play.
“The effort was there, the stage wasn’t too big for us, and we had some great opportunities that we did not capitalize on,” said Carter. “That is all part of the learning curve. I hope we are invited back. This is a great tournament and we will continue to get better.”
Shevelle Moses led the Raiders (3-3) with 19 points and Maurice Daniels 13.