Breaking into the upper echelon of basketball in the Public League is no easy task. Uplift may be knocking at the door, but Farragut showed the Titans still have some work to do with a 64-54 victory Saturday night at the Jimmy Sanders Hall of Fame Shootout at Collins.
The game pitted two of Chicago’s best shooting guards in Uplift’s Jeremy Roscoe and Josh Adams of Farragut. Adams scored 32 points, dished out five assists, and sank six 3-pointers while Roscoe finished with 26 points and seven rebounds.
Farragut (6-2) had a slim, 27-22 lead at halftime and increased that margin by one point to 43-37 on a three-point play by Dulon Scott with 43 seconds remaining in the third quarter. The Titans started the fourth quarter with a three-pointer by Spencer Foley and two jumpers by Roscoe that triggered a 13-2 run as Uplift (6-2) built a 50-45 lead with 4:21 remaining in the fourth quarter.
After a timeout by Farragut coach William Nelson the Admirals regrouped and closed out the quarter on a 19-2 run with Adams sinking two 3-pointers and two free throws.
Ernest Johnson was also in double figures for Farragut with 16 points and ten rebounds.
“This was a game that we wanted,” Adams said. “We lost two games because we were not communicating. Today we were all on the same page.”
Adams played down his personal matchup with Roscoe.
“He is a good competitor and we went against each other all during the summer. Today he was doing what he had to do to get a win for his team and I was doing everything I had to do for mine.”
Uplift coach David Taylor said his team was lacking cohesiveness. “We didn’t operate our offense with our normal fluidity and we were stagnant throughout the game.”
Nelson said that his team is just a few tweaks away.
“We had a couple of minor early-season injuries that got us out of what we were doing all summer,” Nelson said. “Once we get use to our readjusted lineup, we’ll be fine.”
Nelson was particularly pleased with the team’s defensive efforts that allowed them to outrebound Uplift 36-21 and force 20 turnovers.
“That offense is going to come and go, but when you play with the defensive intensity that we played with today you have an opportunity to be in every game,” Nelson said.