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Thornton Fractional North's Deland Deere hooks in a shot over Farragut's Terry Hill during a breakaway. | Patrick Gleason~For Sun-Times Media
Things looked bleak for Farragut when the Admirals were blown out their first three games of the year.
“I told them I knew I was coming up on a coaching milestone, but the way we were playing, ‘There’s always next year,’” Farragut coach William Nelson said. Sire Carroll took his coach’s words to heart.
“That really hurt me when he said that and I knew I had to step my game up,” the 6-6 Farragut junior forward said.
Carroll scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and the surging Admirals won their eighth straight game by storming back from a 14-point third quarter deficit to beat the Meteors 63-60 in the Bob Hambric Coaches Against Cancer Shootout Saturday in Calumet City.
Junior Farragut guard Ashawn Jones scored 18 of his game-high 22 points in the second half as Nelson captured his 400th career victory.
Sophomore guard Joshua Adams (seven points) drilled the eventual game-winner with a three-pointer from the right wing with 40 seconds remaining that broke the 60-all deadlock. T.F. North star senior guard D.J. Deere (team-best 19 points) scored five straight points that powered the Meteors’ comeback from an eight-point deficit to knot the score with a drive in the lane with one minute to play.
Farragut (8-3) worked the ball around and Adams found himself wide open. “I was struggling with my shot up until then,” Adams said. “Usually I try to start by playing good defense and my offense comes out of that. I was upset, because I turned the ball over earlier, and I wanted to make a play for my coach and team.”
Carroll opened the game on fire, hitting five shots and scoring 11 of the Admirals’ first 13 points as Farragut seized a 19-9 lead late in the first quarter. Carroll picked up his second personal early in the second quarter and was forced to the bench while the Meteors (15-4) ripped off a 20-4 run to lead 29-23 at the break.
Deere nailed consecutive three-pointers as T.F. North expanded its lead to 41-27 midway through the third quarter. Carroll scored on a putback and recovered his hot hand, scoring 10 points in a 21-4 Farragut run that put the Admirals up 48-45 to start the fourth quarter.
“I did what stars do, I made plays out there for my team,” Carroll said.
“I told my other star [Jones] to make a play, get a layup, that kind of thing,” Carroll said. Sophomore Ernst Johnson added nine points for the Admirals.
Nicholas Wood contributed 17 points and Marquise Todd added 10 points for the Meteors.