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Fulton cools off Admiral surge in a big way, 69-50

Though delivered in a calm, low key manner, senior wing Ben Wilson was upbeat when speaking about his Farragut High School basketball team Friday night, Jan. 14.

And for good reason — at least at the time — as FHS had just finished off Sevier County 70-50 at SCHS for the team’s seventh win in its last eight games through Friday.

“We’re playing better as a team, the Christmas break really helped give us time to regroup and reflect on our season for pulling it together,” Wilson said.

He then spoke briefly about seeking “revenge” the next day against unbeaten Knox County powerhouse Fulton, which came to Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.

But revenge for a 57-56 loss to Fulton during the Bearden Super 16 was not even close to reality come Saturday evening. The Falcons used its quickness to mount a smothering defense which converted turnovers — 23 in all — into quick points.

Add some red-hot perimeter shooting and you got a 69-50 Fulton victory.

“There’s not a lot to say — we didn’t play well, they played outstanding,” FHS head coach Donald Dodgen said. “They’re the best team in Knoxville. We’re not as bad as we looked ... we were due a bad game, unfortunately it was against them.”

The Admirals enter the week with a 12-7 overall record, 4-3 in District 4-AAA.

Individually, “I thought Nolan Nevels had a good week,” Dodgen said about his senior wing.


Eight turnovers in the first quarter alone helped bury the Admirals early, as the Falcons (16-0 record) went off to the races with a series of fast-break layups off the turnovers. The Falcons led 20-8 after one frame.

Despite a pair of short jumpers from senior post Ben Bosse early in the second quarter, Fulton got hot from the perimeter and would end the half shooting over 50 percent from the field.

Chris Pitchford’s short jumper pushed the Falcons ahead 28-12 with 5:12 left in the first half. Farragut got no closer than within 15, as Fulton led 35-18 at halftime.

Eight more Admiral turnovers in the third quarter would prevent a rally.

Senior post Kyle Huckins led the Admirals with a game-high 19 points. Falcon standout point guard Isaiah Ray led his team with 18.


Against Sevier County, “We played awfully well,” Dodgen said.

Bosse’s 18 points led the way, as 12 different Admirals scored at least one point. Huckins was close behind Bosse, scoring 17, while Wilson added 10 points.

Tyler Powell came off the bench to score seven, starting with a 15-foot jumper that pushed the FHS lead to 14-7 late in the first quarter.

Marcus Huie, B. J. Browning, Blake Denny, and Will Akers each scored three followed by Nevels, Scott Carroll and Jordan Hays with two each. Pat Watson’s free throw late in the game capped the FHS scoring.


The Ad post combo of Huckins and Bosse again carried the load against a winless West team in a 61-53 victory at FHS Tuesday, Jan. 11.

Huckins led the way with 20 points followed by Bosse’s 18.

Wilson and Nevels each scored seven, with Akers adding five and Huie four points.


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