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Admirals still hurting as rematch with BHS sought


While Donald Dodgen’s Farragut Admirals continue to deal with a long list of nagging injuries — and at least one not-so-nagging injury — his basketball team barely escaped last Friday to earn third-place at the District 4-AAA Tournament at Bearden.

Two Admirals came off the bench to save the day after FHS blew a 17-point first-half lead in the consolation game against fourth-seeded William Blount.

A three-point basket by junior back-up wing Ben Wilson and three pressurized free throws from senior back-up point guard Nick Brabson in the final three-plus seconds got FHS into overtime against a no-quit Governor team.

Greg Gibson’s driving lay-up with 55 seconds left in overtime was the difference in a 78-76 Admiral victory. More on this game later in this article.

REGION OUTLOOK

Matched up against non-district rival Karns in the Region 2-AAA opening round Tuesday at South-Doyle High (played after press deadline), the third-seeded Admirals (20-7 pre-region record) were looking at yet another match-up with archrival Bearden in Thursday night’s semifinals.

Bearden finally broke through against FHS in the District 4-AAA semifinals Feb. 24 at BHS, as the host Bulldogs won 66-62 before capturing the tournament title. (See related story on page 14 and details later in this article).

Wins by both teams Tuesday (Bearden played fourth-seed Halls) will set up an 8 p.m. region semifinal match-up with the season on the line — the loser goes home for the year. The region title game is at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

INJURIES AND LOSS TO BHS

In addition to excellent WBHS shooting in the second half Friday, Farragut head coach Donald Dodgen also said that the performance of his team is being affected by nagging injuries.

“We play so hard that the toll just starts catching up with us about the middle of the third quarter,” Dodgen said. “There’s not a lot we can do. People don’t realize how we’re hurting right now.”

Along with a “pretty bad” hand injury suffered Friday by back-up wing Nolan Nevels, Dodgen said he has five Admirals nursing ankle injuries, including Gibson, Tim Torrence, Jay Hunter and Kyle Huckins.

But the most serious ankle injury belongs to back-up wing Michael Wright, who missed Friday’s game. “It’s a pretty bad ankle injury, he could be out the rest of the season,” Dodgen said Monday.

BHS 66 FHS 62

A 21-12 Bearden edge in the second period was key, as BHS took a 41-30 lead into halftime.

Farragut was led by Gibson’s 16 points that included three 3-point field goals in the fourth quarter, the last of which cut the Bulldog lead to 64-62 with 10 seconds to play before two Jeremy Holliday free throws sealed the deal for Bearden.

Hunter added 15 points against the ’Dawgs followed by Huckins with 12.

Gibson and Hunter also earned All-tournament team honors.

FHS 78 WBHS 76 OT

Three big non-scoring plays by senior post Torrence also helped late in the WBHS game: a rebound prior to Gibson’s winning shot, blocking a WBHS shot under the basket in the closing seconds of OT and getting a hand on an inbounds William Blount baseball pass that kept the Govs from getting one final shot.

Offensively for Farragut, senior wing Hunter surpassed the 1,000 career point mark by leading his team with 27 points. Thirteen of those came in the second quarter when FHS built a seemingly comfortable 36-19 lead on Hunter’s three-point basket with 2:15 left. The 6-foot-4 senior helped keep it close late, scoring eight in the fourth quarter.

Gibson added 16, followed by Torrence with 12 and Ben Bosse with 10 points. Bosse fouled out less than two minutes into the fourth quarter when the Governors took their first lead of the game, 54-53, with 6:32 to play.

Wilson’s three-point basket cut the WBHS lead to 69-68 with 23 seconds left in regulation. Brabson drew a three-free-throw foul while firing up a three-point shot with 3.7 seconds showing.

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