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From Kevin Garnett to now, William Nelson has seen pretty much everything possible in a basketball game. This year marks a new beginning.
“I’ve been never been 0-3 before,” the veteran Farragut coach said.
The Admirals struggled to score and fell behind by 23 points. They staged a fourth quarter rally but it was not enough as undefeated Glenwood wiped out Farragut 48-34 in the Team Rose Shootout at the Kroc Center on Saturday.
Six-four junior guard Peyton Allen is one of the state’s top juniors who has been offered scholarships by Oklahoma State, Iowa and Bradley. He scored 14 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished four assists for the Titans (8-0).
“It was a big thrill to come here, we don’t usually come here or play in events like this,” Allen said. He struggled with his shot from the floor but created for his teammates.
“My shot wasn’t really falling today, I didn’t really hit many, but I was able to penetrate and kick the ball to Miles, and he’s a great shooter and he knocked them down,” Allen said.
Glenwood had a rough start and then exploded in the second quarter behind Allen and senior guard Miles McAdams. McAdams scored a team-best 16 points. He drilled two consecutive three-pointers as part of a personal 8-0 run as the Titans outscored the Admirals 19-2 in the quarter in seizing a 25-8 lead at the break.
“That kid hit three straight shots, and at some point, we had to realize that he was going to shoot the ball,” Nelson said. “We have to get this corrected, or this is going to be a very long season. I started my bench because the starters have not played well and they outplayed the starters.
“We’re settling for long shots and not shooting well from the field. You can’t beat an average team playing like that, and that team was good,” he said.
Down 33-10, the Admirals (0-3) finally awoke from their slumber behind the inspired play of sophomore guard Ernest Johnson. He hit three three-pointers in scoring a game-high 18 points. No other Farragut player had more than four points.
Farragut scrambled their defense and began to force the Titans into turnovers. They pulled within 37-26 midway through the fourth quarter but never got closer.