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Farragut picked a bad day to show up at Orr. The No. 11 Spartans learned earlier in the day that coach Louis Adams was taken the University of Chicago Hospital after suffering chest pain. The team responded with one of their best efforts of the year with an 85 -55 victory Wednesday at home in the Red-West.
Orr took advantage of nine first quarter turnovers by the No. 20 Admirals and raced out to a 20-2 lead with 2:15 remaining in the first quarter on a alley-oop dunk from Louis Adams, Jr. to Tyquone Greer. Farragut got as close as 33-25 in the second quarter, but a 7-0 run at the end of the quarter gave the Spartans (16-2, 6-0) a 40-25 lead and put the game out of reach.
Greer and Adams led a balance attack with 11 points apiece and Armani Ousley added 10.
Orr assistant coach Phil Gibson served in Adams’ place for the game
“It was a great win and you could see their intensity. This was a game they were not going to lose,’’ Gibson said.
Adams’ players called him after the game and on speaker phone he told them that he was proud of the way they played and conducted themselves, and thanked them for winning the game.
Ashawn Jones had 17 points to lead the Admirals (9-7, 7-2). Sire Carroll finished added 13 points and Joshua Adams scored 11 for Farragut.
Admirals coach William Nelson said his team has to find its identity. “We have to get some things straightened out before the playoffs,” Nelson said. “One minute it looks like we can play with anybody and the next minute, I don’t know who we are. It is time to do some gut checking and soul checking.”