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Huckins, Wilson lead the way as FHS boys slide past Central in double-overtime, 79-76

Ben Wilson’s driving lay-up with three seconds remaining sent Farragut’s basketball season opener into a second overtime, and four Kyle Huckins free throws sealed the victory thereafter.

In dramatic fashion, the Ads outlasted the Central High School Bobcats (0-1) 79-76 in double overtime Monday, Nov 15, in Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium at FHS.

Following Wilson’s last-second lay-up that tied the score at 72, an errant inbound pass by the Bobcats that went out of bounds left 1.2 seconds for the Ads to fire a potential winning shot. But FHS guard B.J. Browning missed at the buzzer.

Huckins gave FHS the lead early in the second overtime by connecting on two free-throws. After the Bobcats tied the score at 74, Scott Carroll scored on a short basket..

After holding the Central offense, FHS regained possession and Huckins was sent to the line where he connected on two more free throws, giving the Admirals a 78-74 advantage.

After a Bobcats score, Wilson connected on one of two free throws for the final point of the game.

“We didn’t shoot the ball exceptionally well tonight, but it’s a good win for us,” FHS head coach Donald Dodgen said. “It wasn’t pretty, but I’ll take it.”

Huckins led the way for FHS, scoring 18 points while being named Admirals’ player of the week. “He made some big free throws down the stretch and had an overall good game,” Dodgen said of Huckins.

Wilson, a guard, contributed 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the win.

“We didn’t play very good, but a win is a win,” Wilson said. “We pulled it out, I’m glad we hung in there but we have some stuff to improve on. We overlooked them a little bit, they only had seven people and their best player is still playing football.”

The fourth quarter came to an end with the score tied at 63 when Marcus Huie’s last-second desperation shot came up short.

FHS senior post Ben Bosse tied the game at 70 with a free throw with 31 seconds remaining in the first overtime. Bosse finished the night with 15 points and six rebounds for the Ads.

Tran Thran put Central ahead with a jumper with 13 seconds left before Wilson’s tying basket.

The Admirals got the momentum going in its direction early when junior guard Marcus Huie blocked a Bobcat shot into the scoreboard early in the first quarter.

In the second quarter Carroll electrified the crowd with a slam dunk on a rebound.

The Admirals used that momentum to control the scoreboard the entire game until the fourth quarter, when the Bobcats came back as a result of deadly shooting from three-point range.

“They shoot the ball real well from the outside,” Dodgen said. “They really played excellent.”

FHS travels to Knoxville Catholic tonight, Thursday, to play the Irish following the girls varsity game, which starts at approximately 6:30 p.m.


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