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Young took advantage of a couple second-half runs against Red-West rival Farragut on Wednesday to grab command in a 73-56 win over the Admirals.
The No. 4 Dolphins went on a 9-0 run to kick off the third that started with an Irwin Henry three-pointer from the top of the key and ended with an alley-oop dunk from 6-9 forward Paul White to 6-11 center Jahlil Okafor that opened up the largest lead of the game, 48-37, with 1:31 remaining in the third quarter.
Back-to-back baskets by Henry triggered a 10-3 run at the beginning of the fourth quarter that pushed the lead to 58-43 with 5:02 remaining. Farragut would get no closer than 11 points the remainder of the game.
Okafor tallied a game-high of 30 points and 12 rebounds. White scored 14 points and Henry finished with 12.
Young coach Tyrone Slaughter said it was a typical Red-West game: “Whenever you can get a good road win over a good team in the Red-West, it’s a good day.”
The Admirals refused to go down without a fight, as they stayed within striking distance behind Ashawn Jones, who scored 18 of his team-high 26 in the first half.
White, who guarded Jones most of the game, said the key for Young was controlling Jones in the second half: “He is a great player. He’s big, can handle the ball, and has a nice shot. We really got our defense going in the second half.”
Jones, the focal point of the Young defense, was limited to eight points in the second half as the Dolphins sent an extra man to double him up whenever he touched the ball.
Farragut coach William Nelson said his team did not execute the way they should have after Young began to double Jones.
“We weren’t patient and we forced some shots,” Nelson said. “We also made some turnovers that allowed them to get out on their fast breaks.”
The Red-West schedule has not been kind to Farragut. On Tuesday the Admirals had to face No. 3 Orr, losing 70-69, before their setback to the No. 4 Dolphins.
Joshua Adams scored 12 points for the Admirals and Amir Jackson finished with ten.
Young played short-handed without starting guard Miles Reynolds, who sat out to rest a minor injury he received while playing in Springfield, Mass., against Oak Hill (Va.). He said he would be ready for Young’s next contest.