KNOXVILLE — While waiting for his football players to round into basketball shape, a group including two starters and much needed post scoring, Farragut boys basketball head coach Chris Cool is enduring a losing streak.
Bearden’s sophomore guard combo of Trent Stephney [game-high 24 points] and Ques Glover [19 points] led the way for a 72-45 Bulldogs victory at BHS Friday night, Dec. 9.
An early 9-0 Admirals run, fueled by senior star wing Nick Rogers [15 points], erased a 6-0 BHS edge but didn’t last long.
“It’s kind of been a hectic season so far,” said Cool, whose team fell to 1-4 overall, 0-2 in District 4-AAA.
The Bulldogs, fresh off a close victory at Maryville three days earlier, improved to 4-3, 2-0.
“I don’t like to make excuses but we’ve got two starters out, and we threw some new guys in tonight who don’t really know a lot of the stuff that we do,” Cool added. “But we have to get better on defense. Our defense isn’t very good right now. And we’ve got to figure out a way for us to play against these types of teams, with what we have, and made it work.”
Elijah Thomas, Ads senior post who scored 12, said Bearden “played with heart … and they’re real athletic.”
Luke Moeller, FHS junior post, said “the most important part is learn from our mistakes. We all need to improve on defense.”
“I felt like we played with a lot of energy,” Bulldogs head coach Jeremy Parrott said.
Individually, “Trent had a great game. ... He just got into a rhythm and did a great job offensively,” Parrott said. “I thought Ques played great at times. … I thought we had great minutes out of Sham Brown off the bench.”
“I think the biggest key was our point guard pushing the ball up to us,” Stephney said about Glover.