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An abrupt scheduling change did not affect Farragut as it ventured into hostile territory and defeated conference rival Crane 58-52 Wednesday in Red West action.
The Admirals (11-2, 7-0) started the game with a 12-2 spurt and never relinquished the lead while enjoying leads as large as 14 points in the first and second quarters. Crane chipped away and cut the margin as close as four points on three separate occasions but still trailed 47-41 after three quarters.
Crane gave it one last push when they cut the lead to 50-49 with 3:13 remaining on an offensive rebound and basket by Courtney Thomas. Point guard Joshua Adams saved the day for Farragut when he made a steal in the open court that prevented a breakaway and took the ball the other way for an uncontested layup. Adams sank the final two free throws of the game with 4.2 seconds to dash all hopes of a Cougar comeback.
Coach William Nelson said his team was guilty of looking ahead to its upcoming game against Whitney Young. “This type of effort is not going to cut it,” said Nelson. “We are lucky to get out of here with the win and guilty of looking past the opponent that is right in front of our face.”
Adams led Farragut with 14 points and five steals, Sire Carroll and Shawn Jones scored 12 points apiece and Ernest Johnson and Isiah Flowers each had nine points.
Crane (2-9, 3-5) was led in scoring by Thomas and Isaiah Hayes, who both finished with 19 points.
Crane coach Ken Pratt said his team has to play smarter basketball. “When you have a team like we have you have to take advantage of all your opportunities,” said Pratt. “We had several chances to slip by them and let a great opportunity get away.”