Tolliver keys Farragut in upset win over Young


Tolliver keys Farragut in upset win over Young

Friday, Jan. 14, 2011
9:17 PM

By John Solymossy

The No. 13 Farragut basketball team had the daunting task of facing No. 4 ranked Young on the road without its star center Rashaun Stimage. Stimage is out with a broken hand, however, the undersized Admirals rallied together to pull off an impressive 51-49, Red-West win against the Dolphins Tuesday night.

All the wins in this division are big, Farragut coach William Nelson said. With our big guy out, we had to make some adjustments and we got a big win against a good team tonight.

Senior forward DJ Tolliver led the Admirals (13-2, 5-2) with 21 points.

Tolliver has really stepped up, Nelson said. He has played up to my expectations and that is why he is my captain.

Farragut trailed at halftime, 29-27, but overcame the deficit by picking the intensity on the defensive end and were able to force several Young turnovers. The Admirals led 39-36 after three quarters.

Defense wins games and our coach told us to focus on that and it paid off with a win, said Tolliver.

Both teams traded scoring runs in the fourth quarter and Young led late 49-48 with just under a minute to play. However, Farragut senior guard Jonathan Collins sank a 10-foot jumper from the lane to put the Admirals ahead for good.

It is a great feeling, Jonathan Collins said. I was missing some of my shots earlier, but my teammates kept on me and I was able to make the shot at the end.

Young squandered a last-second inbound play as Luke Hager missed a three from the right corner with time expiring. The Dolphins (10-4, 5-1) were led in scoring Sam Thompson, who scored 11 points.

We got outplayed and outcoached tonight and the better team won tonight, said Young coach Tyrone Slaughter.

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.