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Post play, bench lift FHS boys

It took only five minutes for West to trim a 21-point Farragut lead down to eight by the middle of the fourth quarter.

But 46 points combined from three of its big men plus sound bench play lifted the Admirals to a 73-63 District 4-AAA win Friday at FHS.

“Our bench played real well for us tonight, they were the difference in the ballgame, I think,” FHS head coach Donald Dodgen said of back-ups Nick Brabson, Michael Wright, Nolan Nevels and Ben Wilson. “I thought they came in and gave us a little spurt, our starters were struggling a little bit. They didn’t play well. We pout every once in a while, and I think it showed that we could play without some of them tonight.”

Subbing for foul-plagued standout point guard Greg Gibson, who picked up his third personal foul late in the first quarter, “Nick Brabson came in and played very, very well,” Dodgen said. Brabson ended up scoring seven points, two more than Gibson’s five.

However, Gibson did end with a team-high six assists and two steals. “He doesn’t have to score a lot of points to help us,” Dodgen said.

FHS 6-foot-6 post Ben Bosse led the winners with 18 points and a handful of key blocked shots that helped ignite fast breaks. Jay Hunter and Tim Torrence each added 14 points, which included a key blocked shot from Torrence with less than two minutes to play. Nevels scored five, followed by Wright and Kyle Huckins with four apiece and Wilson with two points.

Chasing Maryville (12-1 district record) for a share of the regular season district title and the top seed in the upcoming District 4-AAA Tournament at Bearden High beginning Feb. 21, Farragut’s record stood at 17-4 overall and 11-2 in the district entering the week.

FHS 73 WEST 63

Cashing in several fast break opportunities following blocked shots, rebounds and steals, the Admirals went on a 21-5 run during the final six minutes of the second quarter to zoom ahead 48-25 at halftime.

A Brabson three-point field goal and fast break buckets from Torrence, Hunter and Brabson following turnovers keyed the run. Farragut continued to push the ball upcourt for fast break points to preserve a solid double-digit lead.

But that 21-8 Rebel run trimmed a 59-38 Admiral lead in the final seconds of the third quarter down to 67-59 with 3:40 to play. “I told ’em, this bunch will push us, and they did,” Dodgen said.

But thanks in part to turnovers and blocked shots from Bosse and Torrence, West managed only four more points the rest of the way. In addition, Bosse and Torrence combined to make four free throws in the final 1:32 of the game to provide scoring insurance, as Farragut made 15 of 18 free throws total.

West’s record dropped to 6-12 overall, 5-7 in the district entering the week.


An FHS win at William Blount Tuesday (played after press deadline) along with a South-Doyle victory against Maryville (12-1 entering the week) would give the Admirals a tie for the district regular season title and the No. 1 seed of the district tournament.

The Ads play at Campbell County tonight (Thursday) then travel to Fulton Friday.

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