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Farragut overcomes FT issues, tops Young

Farragut overcomes FT issues, tops Young

Sunday, March 13, 2011
12:45 a.m.
By Seamus Brennan
Yourseason.com

Despite its free throw woes down the stretch, No. 7 Farragut did just enough to defeat No. 8 Young 44-42 to win the 4A York Sectional Friday night.

The Admirals (24-4) shot 2-for-8 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter and 8-for-18 on the night.

It wasnt easy for me on the sidelines watching those free throws, said Farragut coach William Nelson.

Alphonse Matthews went to the line with 5.5 seconds left in regulation with Farragut leading 43-42. But Matthews missed both and Young rebounded and called a timeout to draw up a play with 3.8 seconds to go.

But Luke Hagers baseball pass was intercepted and Jonathan Collins got sent to the line with 2.5 seconds left. Collins made the first then missed the second, but DJ Tolliver secured the offensive rebound and the victory.

Sectional champs, Nelson said. That has a nice ring to it. But the goal from Day 1 has been to win the state championship so we still got work to do.

Both teams went back and forth all night with a total of 13 lead changes throughout the contest. The Dolphins biggest lead was seven points when they led 23-16 with 1:35 left in the second quarter. But Farragut trimmed its deficit to three by going on a 4-0 run to close the half.

We were able to contain their bigs tonight, Nelson said. Our smaller bigs did a good job.

Youngs big men, Tommy Hamilton and Jahlil Okafor, were held to a combined six points in the first half. But Hamilton went off in the second half, scoring nine points and helped get Young a 37-31 lead in the third quarter.

But that lead would not stick.

The Admirals went on a 7-1 run to close the third quarter with Gabe Williams scoring five points during the stretch. Williams and Collins led Farragut with 11 points each.

We got just enough guard play out of Williams and Tolliver to win, Nelson said. Theyve both been big for us all year.

The Dolphins (20-11) had its chances to steal the win, but free-throw problems of their own plagued them. Young went 2-for-6 in the fourth quarter and 7-for-17 overall.

Hamilton led Young with 12 points. Ohio State-bound Sam Thompson was held to two points.

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 10th, 11th homers in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 10th, 11th homers in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa is heating up, but even a red-hot Sosa doesn't automatically equal wins for the Cubs.

Slammin' Sammy notched his first multi-homer game in 1998 in a 9-5 loss to Kevin Millwood and the Atlanta Braves. Sosa drove in 4 of the Cubs' 5 runs on a solo shot in the 4th inning and a three-run shot in the 8th. 

Sosa tallied 830 feet of homers in the game, with his first blast going 410 feet and the second shot measured at 420 feet.

The big game bumped Sosa's overall season slash line to .337/.411/.551 (.962 OPS) with 11 homers and 35 RBI.

Fun fact: Mickey Morandini hit second for the Cubs in this game and went 4-for-4, but somehow only scored one run despite hitting just in front of Sosa all game. That's because Morandini was caught stealing to end the 3rd inning, leaving Sosa to lead off the 4th inning with a solo blast.

Steve Kerr told a Michael Jordan Bulls story to give advice to Kevin Durant

Steve Kerr told a Michael Jordan Bulls story to give advice to Kevin Durant

Anyone who lived through the Michael Jordan Bulls remembers those games when he was putting up tons of points, but the Bulls were still struggling overall.

Steve Kerr referenced one of those games to give advice to Kevin Durant during Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. The TNT broadcast caught the conversation and aired it late in the third quarter.

"When MJ was with the Bulls, we had a playoff game," Kerr began the story. "He kept trying to score and he was scoring, but we weren't getting anything going. Phil Jackson said 'Who's open?' He said, 'John Paxson.'"

Paxson famously hit the game-winning shot in Game 6 of the 1993 NBA Finals to clinch the series. Kerr, who later hit his own championship-winning shot on an assist from Jordan in 1997, was trying to get to get his teammates involved.

"I want to trust your teammates early," Kerr said. "What you're doing is you're getting to the rim and then you're trying to hit him. I want you to trust the first guy and then move. Still attack, still look to score, but trust these guys, OK?"

Watch the video above to see the interaction.

Durant scored 29 points in Game 5 to lead the Warriors, but Houston took a 3-2 series lead with a 98-94 win.