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CLINTON — Head coach Donald Dodgen was generally pleased with his team’s improved play in Clinton two days after Farragut’s low-scoring basketball season-opener at home versus Knoxville Catholic.

But the problems of inexperience linger — and results were the same — as the Admirals dropped a pair of close games to open the season.

The Irish held off FHS 39-35 Thursday, Nov. 17, in Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium. Late-game turnovers against the quicker Dragons were costly in a 65-59 loss Saturday, Nov. 19.

“I saw a lot of improvement from the first night to tonight,” FHS head coach Donald Dodgen said after the Clinton game. “We played a bunch of kids, we played I guess twelve kids tonight, we normally don’t go that deep. But with these hall of fame games I’m trying to look at people and see what positions we need to fill.

After hitting only 3-of-13 free throws against the Irish, Farragut made only 3-of-11 against Clinton.

Against Catholic, “We outscore them from two-point land, three-point land, we out-rebound them, they had more turnovers,” Dodgen said, adding that his team going 3-of-13 from the free throw line was the difference.

With four 3-point baskets, senior guard B.J. Browning led FHS with 14 points, followed by Carroll with six and five each from Phil Kenny and Will Akers. Zach Onusic and Clay Wilhoite each scored two. Pat Watson added a free throw.

With a game-high 24 points that included four 3-pointers, KCHS guard Matt Parton “was the difference in the ballgame,” Dodgen said. Tramane Brown scored seven for the Irish, followed by Ryan Walden with five and Keith Abraham with three.

Against Clinton, a pair of consecutive steals against the pressure of the Dragons’ quick and experienced guards turned a 55-54 Ad deficit into a 59-54 CHS lead, the last two on a pair of Jonathan Dye free throws with 57 seconds to play in the game.

“We didn’t handle the pressure real well,” Dodgen said.

Browning added, “Coming out here, we weren’t used to really, really quick people.”

Dye ended with a game-high 26 points, and along with guards Jordan Dixon and Charles Huddleston, led Clinton on a 15-2 over the final 4:20 of the third quarter to erase a 41-32 FHS lead.

With Farragut trailing 23-16 after one frame, the Ads rallied for a 32-32 tie at halftime.

Carroll led FHS with 15 points, followed by Akers with 11 — five in the final period. Onusic had 10, Browning nine. Jordan Hays five, Watson four, Wilhoite three and Mason Burks with two points.


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