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When you have a team as talented as Young sometimes you have to wait your turn in order to shine.
Miles Reynolds stepped out of the shadows for a day to help lead the No. 1-ranked Dolphins to a 77-63 victory over host Farragut in the Red-West on Thursday.
Young (17-1, 8-0), which is headed to Springfield, Mass. to play in the Hoophall Classic on Saturday, started out slowly and trailed 5-4 in the opening minutes of the first quarter before Reynolds got things moving in the right direction.
He accounted for seven points during a 10-0 run that put the Dolphins in control of the game.
Reynolds continued his outstanding play in the second quarter, as he scored the first basket for the Dolphins on a layup and the last basket of the quarter on another long three-pointer, as Young doubled up the Admirals 42-21 going into halftime.
Trailing 65-45 midway in the fourth quarter, Farragut caught fire, trimming the lead to 73-63 on a basket by Ernest Johnson with 58 seconds remaining. But Young closed it out with a baseline drive by Paul White and two freethrows by Reynolds.
Okafor led all scorers with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Reynolds had 20 points and five steals and and Paul White finished with 15 points. Coach Tyrone Slaughter said he was very pleased with his team’s effort despite playing their third game this week. “Fatigue was not a factor,” Slaughter said. “We got a great effort from everybody. It is good to get out of here with a win and keep rolling.”
Okafor who received a formidable challenge from 6-7 Sire Carroll, who scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
“I have always been the biggest kid since I was in elementary school and I am used to having the bulls-eye on my chest,” Okafor said. “My coaches have prepared me and I am up to any challenge.”
Johnson had a team-high of 23 points for the Admirals (9-4, 7-1) and Josh Adams chipped in with 10.
“I would loved to have gotten out of here with a win, but other than that we played with intensity,” Farragut coach William Nelson said. “We kept fighting till the last whistle.”