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With perfect slate entering the week, Farragut boys dump pair of Rebels

Farragut basketball kept its record perfect with a 97-76 victory against West Thursday at Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium. The Admirals also squeaked by Maryville with a 76-72 win Tuesday, Nov. 28. The Ads (7-0 record entering the week heading to Sevier County Dec. 5, after press deadline) fought for the lead in the beginning, but by the second quarter the Ads were in charge with a seven-point lead.

“A win’s a win,” Farragut head coach Donald Dodgen said. “They’re seven-and-0 right now, so we’ve just got to build on that.”

The whistles blew loud and clear throughout the night. Thirty-three fouls were called in the first half alone and 24 more were added in the second.

The Ads went on a 10-point run in the second quarter behind the shooting of Phil Kinney and Kyle Binder, each scoring five points.

West answered back with a three-pointer of its own. Farragut scored 33 points in the second quarter to make it the most prosperous.

By halftime Farragut entered its locker room up by 19 points. Even with the lead, Dodgen told his team he wanted more.

“I just want more intensity,” Dodgen said. “I want us to play better offense. I didn’t think we played real good defense. We gave up too many free throws. We gave up 17 points at the free throw line.”

The Ads got back to work in the third quarter with 29 points. Farragut also had eight fouls with West only receiving two. Will Akers and Zach Onusic scored seven points apiece in the third quarter.

Farragut put together a six-point run early in the fourth quarter behind the scoring of Chris Carroll to put the Ads up by 24 points.

Late in the fourth quarter West was given a technical foul for a player stepping out of bounce to grab the ball. Jonathan Moore made one of the two shots given to Farragut.

West called a timeout with 34 seconds left to go.

Farragut was outscored in the fourth quarter by three points.

Four Ads saw double digits. Kinney led his team in the pursuit with 20 points. Esean Phillips scored 17 points.

“It feels great [to get the win],” Phillips said. “We’re seven-and-0 and we’re going to keep on going.”

Akers and Onusic added to their team’s win with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Kinney also led his team against Maryville with 17 points, 10 of those coming in the fourth quarter.

Moore also had a 10-point quarter; his came in the second. Moore tallied 15 points on the night. Akers and Onusic again saw double digits with 13 and 12 points respectively.

Farragut was down by a basket going into the second quarter, but a big second quarter with 23 points put the home team up front. The Admirals led by one point going into the final quarter.

Farragut travels to archrival Bearden Friday, Dec. 8, with opening tip-off around 8 p.m. [following girls varsity game].


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