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Kinney, FHS crush Dragons

Three-pointers rained as the Farragut Admirals defeated the Clinton Dragons at Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium Thursday, Nov.16.

Playing its season-opener, the Ads knocked down nine treys in the second half to separate themselves from the Dragons, 76-47.

“A win’s a win,” Farragut head coach Donald Dodgen said. “We didn’t play very well. I think we looked down and saw seven or eight kids and we thought we just have to show up, but you have to play ever night. They dictated everything the first half, then the third quarter we dictated. Our defense was better, we shot the ball a lot better and we played a lot better.”

Clinton played only half of its roster due to suspensions.

The Ads got off to a slow start. Farragut was tied 7-7 until Will Akers hit a three-point shot to give the Ads the lead. Bubba Owens hit a shot at the buzzer for Clinton to put the Dragons within one.

In the second quarter, Phil Kinney, who led all scorers with 23 points, converted a three-point play to put the Ads up 19-11. Riley Hunley and Mason Burks each got a basket, as Farragut held on to its lead, 24-17, at halftime.

The crowd saw an action-packed third quarter as the Ads got into a rhythm, scoring 30 points. Kinney scored half of that total.

John Abraham had a pair of three’s and Clay Wilhoite added a basket to put the Ads up 54-30.

Abraham continued his three-point spree with two more to begin the fourth quarter. Akers found the sweet spot on the court and added a pair of three-point shots.

The Ads had three players in double digits scoring. Abraham followed Kinney, scoring 12, and Akers had 11.

“It’s good to get the season off right, but we should’ve played better,” Kinney said. “... We just got the jitters out of us (at halftime). Coach gave us a little speech. ...”


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