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FHS defense rules in 48-36 victory vs. Spartans


Defense and desire ruled the night for the Farragut boys basketball team at Webb Friday.

“I thought the best thing tonight was we played hard, we got on the floor, and we hustled,” FHS head coach Donald Dodgen said of the 46-36 victory against the Spartans Dec. 17. “We held ’em to thirty-six points, we played pretty good defense.

“And we minimized turnovers,” Dodgen added. “We’re getting better every time.”

Ben Bosse led the Admirals with 15 points, six in the second quarter. Kyle Huckins scored 12, six in the first quarter. Nolan Nevels added nine, eight in the second half. Ben Wilson added seven points, five in the first quarter. Will Akers scored five.

“We played four quarters, we had a whole thirty-two minutes, we played good as a team,” said Nevels, a senior wing. “The defense held up throughout the whole game.

“When the defense excelled, the points came,” Nevels added.

J.T. Blair led Webb with 14 points.

“It’s like I told ’em, ‘if people give us a little chance, we’re getting better every game,’” Dodgen said. “We’re still not where we need to be, and we won’t be there until, I hope, about the middle of January or the end of January.”

Individually, “I thought Nevels played well,” Dodgen said. “Nevels had a big night.

“I thought Marcus Huie had some big defensive rebounds for us at critical times,” the FHS skipper added about his junior point guard. In addition to six assists, “he played a good defensive game, and had some great boards. Marcus Huie had a great deal to do with this win tonight.”

The bench also received praise. “Blake Denny played well, B.J. Browning played well, and Jordan Hays played well,” Dodgen said. “Those people came in and gave us a defensive lift.

“Nine kids played tonight, and all nine did something well to help us win the ballgame.”

Bosse led the Ads in rebounding with nine, followed by Wilson with seven and Huie with five.

The Admirals stand at 6-5 overall, 1-3 in District 4-AAA, entering the annual Bearden Super 16 Christmas Tournament (actually Super 14 this year) at Bearden High School Dec. 27-29. Dodgen said the tourney opener is a huge challenge, as Class AA power McMinn Central awaits the Ads at approximately 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 27.

A victory Monday will move FHS into the semifinals against the Fulton versus Greeneville winner at approximately 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 28.

The boys championship game is 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 29.

OAK RIDGE 69 FHS 55

Just when FHS closed the Oak Ridge lead to four, 34-30 in the third period, the Wildcats got red-hot from three-point range just when the Ads started cooling off.

The result was a 69-55 Wildcat victory Tuesday, Dec. 14, at ORHS.

“We had the ball three straight times and didn’t score, and they came down and hit three straight threes,” Dodgen said. “That was the difference in the ballgame ... it just broke us.”

Huckins led FHS with 19 points — 15 in the second half — followed by Bosse’s 10. Nevels and Blake Denny each scored seven, with Huie adding four and Akers and Wilson three each.

 

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