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Bearden boys getting hot as FHS licks tourney-time wounds


Has the injury bug bitten Donald Dodgen’s Farragut Admirals basketball at the worst possible time?

While the Admirals nursed a number of key ankle and knee injuries according to coach Dodgen entering Tuesday night’s District 4-AAA Tournament showdown against archrival Bearden at BHS (played after press deadline), Mark Blevins’ Bulldogs were surging.


A 77-50 victory over Heritage in the tourney quarterfinals Monday built Bearden’s winning streak to five entering Tuesday’s semifinals.

Junior guard Paul Dickenson, who Blevins praised for his tough defense in recent games, led BHS with 15 points followed by B. J. Ware with 13 and Tony White with 10.

Bearden blew open what was a tight game through 16 minutes — leading seventh-seed HHS only 35-30 at halftime — with an early third-quarter surge.

The District 4-AAA boys championship game is set to tip-off at 8 p.m. Friday. The consolation game tips-off at 6:30 Friday.

Region 2-AAA tourney action at South-Doyle High School begins Monday and runs through March 5.

FHS INJURIES

All three FHS senior starters — guard Greg Gibson, post Tim Torrence and wing Jay Hunter — were nursing ankle injuries.

Junior back-up guard Michael Wright (ankle) and senior back-up point Nick Brabson (knee) were also hobbling, but the Admiral skipper did not list any of the five as either out or doubtful during this week’s tournament.

“I think we’ll be ready by tournament time,” Dodgen said Sunday.

LATE SEASON SURGE

Second-seeded Farragut, entering the district tourney with a 19-6 record, went into Tuesday’s tourney semifinal coming off two wins, starting with a 64-63 victory against Karns Feb. 17 on Senior Night at FHS (see page 18).

The Admirals finished with a perfect record in Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium this season by beating KHS, led by Gibson’s 14 points and 12 each from Hunter and Kyle Huckins. Huckins’ tight end-of-game defense helped force a difficult shot as the Beavers had the final shot to win in a series that has featured eight straight games decided by two points or less over the past three seasons.

Gibson’s 20 points led the way in a 71-67 overtime win at Powell Thursday to end the regular season. Ben Bosse added 16, with Huckins and Ben Wilson each scoring 10.

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