CLEARWATER — Admiral Farragut, beaten soundly in its most recent outing by Bradenton Christian, had one primary goal when it took the court Friday night at Clearwater Central Catholic.
"We wanted to come out strong," Blue Jackets guard Chris Myrick said.
AFA will have to settle for finishing that way.
After a sluggish start in which the Blue Jackets trailed by six early, AFA recovered thanks largely to some strong defense to win handily, 50-36.
"You've got to give the opponent some credit," AFA coach Sylvio Brutus said. "CCC is a well-coached team and it showed. I think there was some residual of (the loss to Bradenton Christian). But once we got going, we started playing the way we're capable of playing."
After CCC (2-4) jumped out to a 14-8 first-quarter lead, it was all AFA (5-1) after that.
And the reason?
"It started with our defense," Brutus said.
Marauder shots that initially went uncontested started to get challenged, lanes that once were open closed, and attempts that at first went in, suddenly didn't.
On the other end, Farragut started to get hot.
By the end of the first, it was 14-all. By halftime, AFA led 29-24. Midway through the final quarter, the lead was 18 and the game was over.
Myrick led the Blue Jackets with 19 points, Joe Lampley had 12 and Chance Russell added 10.
"We knew we had to start executing," Myrick said. "We had to dig in."