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Gibson surpasses 1,000 mark
Ads stomp Sevier after slipping past West in OT


Tough defense and a huge talent differential. Those were Farragut’s two biggest advantages that added up to an easy 65-38 District 4-AAA victory against Sevier County Friday at FHS.

“I thought defense was the whole name of the game,” FHS head coach Donald Dodgen said about his team’s biggest asset. “It’s hard to judge things sometimes, but golly bum I thought we played good on defense from start to go. Sometimes its hard to keep their focus with games like this.”


Farragut remained at the top of the district standings with a 6-1 record entering the week while improving to 12-2 overall.

Senior standout guard Greg Gibson, who surpassed the 1,000-point career mark with 20 points Jan. 13 in the Admirals’ 71-66 overtime district victory at West, led the winners again Friday. Gibson’s 17 points was followed by Kyle Huckins, who added 14, and Jay Hunter’s 10 points.

Nick Brabson tossed in eight, with Ben Bosse scoring six, Shaun Smith and Tyler Powell each adding three and Tim Torrence and Michael Wright scoring two apiece.

The Admirals used several early steals and nice passing to score 20 first-quarter points and lead 20-9 after one period. It was more of the same as Farragut held a 30-17 halftime edge.

The senior trio of Hunter, Gibson and Torrence combined to make key steals and hook up for easy fast-break points as FHS built the lead to more than 20 points. Brabson’s long three-pointer to end the third-quarter and begin the fourth brought the FHS student section to its feet.

HEALED

“I think we’re healed,” Dodgen said regarding injuries to four of his top six players — three ankle and one groin injury — dating back to early January. “I think the best thing that happened to us is that we did not play on that Friday (Jan. 9 home game versus South-Doyle snowed-out). We didn’t practice Friday, we didn’t practice Saturday (Jan. 10), so we really got three days to heal up.”

SKID OVER?

“I don’t think we played real well, but I don’t think we played real bad either,” Dodgen said of the team’s 57-50 loss to district rival Maryville (Jan. 3) followed by a 74-67 setback at Clinton Jan. 6.

And despite blowing a 15-point third-quarter lead at West Jan. 13, the Admirals converted 6-of-8 free throws in overtime to edge the Rebels 71-66. “We just relaxed a little bit, we were getting ready to blow them out and they got hot and started making threes and we went cold and got in foul trouble,” Dodgen said. “We never play well at Maryville or West since I’ve been down here (1996-97 season).”

Against West, Torrence scored 18 followed by Bosse with 12 and Huckins with nine points. Hunter scored six followed by Brabson, Wright and Nolan Nevels with two each.

After a trip to South-Doyle Tuesday (after press time), the Admirals will try to make it three in a row this season against arch-rival Bearden, as the Bulldogs (16-4 overall record, 5-3 in the district) host FHS Friday night.



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