By Michael O'Brien
Simeon coach Robert Smith smiled and didnt deny that his team probably doesnt hit the boards too hard after Jabari Parker shoots.
Its because they think its going in, thats all, said Smith.
Friday against Farragut, Parkers smooth jumper didnt fall quite as often as usual and it helped keep the Admirals in the game until a fourth-quarter run that gave the top-ranked Wolverines a 50-43 win at North Park.
Parker finished with 17 points and nine rebounds and shot 8-for-19 from the field, but only two of those makes were jumpers.
The game was tied at the half and Simeon (3-0) led by three after three quarters. The Wolverines held Farragut to just one basket in the final 2:16, during which Kendrick Nunn and Reggie Norris each scored key baskets for Simeon. Up until that point, the Wolverines had relied on Parker and Steve Taylor (15 points, 14 rebounds) for almost all of the scoring.
Thats their role, Smith said of Taylor and Parker. But other guys have to step up.
Farragut senior Rashaun Stimage was a force with 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.
Stimage is one of the best players in the state, by far, said Smith.
Lavell Boyd scored 11 for No. 21 Farragut (2-3) and David Scott scored six and
grabbed nine rebounds while doing a nice job defending Taylor and Parker in
David Scott is a tough guy, Farragut coach William Nelson said. He gets
out there and roughs it up a little.
Farragut point guard John Carter was the primary reason the Admirals were able to keep pace with the nations top-ranked team. He handled the Simeon pressure with poise, and used his speed to keep the Wolverines off-balance.
I tried my best, Stimage said. It wasnt enough. We played a good game. I lost in the supersectional to them last year and wanted my revenge.