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Zach Onusic didn’t score many points, but the junior post made two huge plays Friday night as Farragut handed William Blount just its second District 4-AAA loss of the season, 57-50, extending the Ads’ winning streak to four entering the week.

After the Governors rallied to tie the game 49-49 with 1:32 to play in the fourth quarter, Onusic’s driving left-handed five-footer put the Ads ahead for good, 51-49, with 1:07 left in the Friday, Feb. 3, tussle at FHS.

“I was driving in trying to get a foul, ’cause I wanted them to send me to the free throw line,” said Onusic, who ended with five points.

Onusic also came down with the game’s biggest rebound after a William Blount shot bounced off the rim with 30 seconds to play. “Someone cut my legs out, and my first instinct was to call a timeout,” Onusic said.

Will Akers, who scored 11 first quarter points with three 3-point baskets, ended with a team-high 16, as the Admirals built an early 17-4 lead. Akers’ big conversions included a pair of clutch free throws to put FHS up 53-50 with 44.4 seconds to play.

From there B.J. Browning sealed the deal, making all four of his free throws in the last 28.5 seconds. Browning scored 11 overall.

“Our kids are playing with confidence now, they’re shooting the ball better, and we’re getting bench production,” FHS head coach Donald Dodgen said. “We hit free throws down the stretch when we needed to, we played defense down the stretch when we needed to.

“Riley [Hunley] played well, not only points, but he gave us some stuff on the floor for a sophomore,” Dodgen said of his back-up point guard. “I thought Tyler Powell responded well.”

Marcus Huie added eight points for FHS, whose record improved to 14-10 overall, 8-4 in District 4-AAA entering the week. Scott Carroll had seven, Powell four, Riley Hunley three, Mason Burks two and Phil Kinney one point.

Dropping to 10-2 in the district, 16-7 overall entering the week, William Blount was led by Jordan Glosgow (No. 32), who scored 19.

The Governors cut a 35-26 halftime deficit to 40-39 after three quarters, but were never able to take the lead.


Onusic and Akers led the way in the Tuesday, Jan. 31, home win.

Akers and Onusic each scored 18, followed by Carroll with 16. Browning added nine, Kinney and Hunley six each, Burks four and Huie two points.


Farragut will host the District 4-AAA Tournament at Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium Feb. 17-18, 20-21 and 23-24. General admission has been set at $5.

Dwayne Simmons and Bob Norton, FHS assistant principals, will serve as co-tourney directors.


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