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Poor ’06 start for FHS boys

Handling defensive pressure against the big dogs of Class AAA high school basketball, an area of major concern with the Farragut High School varsity boys.

“If we’re going to play against the Oak Ridges, the Clintons, the Beardens, the Maryvilles, people like that, we’ve got to be able to handle the pressure,” FHS head coach Dodgen said about his team’s passing and ball-handling following a 68-59 loss to Clinton Friday, Jan. 6, in Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium. “We’re just not taking care of the ball.”

Adding a 60-49 setback at Oak Ridge Thursday, Jan. 5, the Admirals start the new year 0-2 and entered the week 7-8 overall , 3-2 in District 4-AAA.

Against the Dragons, stopping the hot-shot guard was another major problem. CHS standout guard Jonathan Dye (No. 5) scored a game-high 39 points that included eight 3-pointers while going 9-of-10 from the foul line.

Farragut closed Clinton’s six-point lead early in the fourth quarter down to 59-57 following Zach Onusic’s 15-footer with 3:36 to play. But Dye came back and nailed consecutive “threes,” giving the Dragons a 64-57 lead with 2:22 left.

“We were trying to limit him to the twenties,” Dodgen said of Dye.

Dragon guard Jordan Dixon (No. 3) added 16, as Clinton’s record improved to 10-7.

Onusic led Farragut with 14 points, seven in the fourth-quarter. He was one of four Ads in double-figures, joining Scott Carroll (13 points, nine rebounds), B.J. Browning (12) and Marcus Huie (10). Will Akers and Mason Burks each scored four, with Hunter Riley adding two points.

“I thought Riley Hunley came in and gave us a little spark there defensively, and also Esean [Phillips],” Dodgen said. “Zach came in there and gave us a lift.”

Against Oak Ridge, “The first three or four minutes of the third quarter they just jumped all over us,” Dodgen said. “They just put all kinds of pressure on us and we didn’t handle the pressure.”

In the post, “Every time we tried to enter it to Scott he was double-teammed,” Dodgen said, adding that teammates passing to the 6-5 senior post generally did a poor job of moving toward the ball and getting open when Carroll was double-teammed. Carroll scored only three points.

“[Will] Akers had a good night, shot the ball real well from the outside,” Dodgen said about his leading scoring, who had 12. Onusic scored eight, Browning and Phil Kinney seven each, Huie five, Burks four and Phillips three.


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