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Super 16 start for FHS boys?
Admirals match best-ever start under Dodgen’s direction at 12-1

A rimmed-out shot at the buzzer kept Farragut from pulling an upset against unbeaten Fulton and completing a sensational comeback on the road Monday, Dec. 18. But after losing its first game of the season to the powerful Falcons — ranked fourth in the state in Class AA — the Ads matched the program’s best start in Donald Donald’s 11 seasons as FHS head coach with an easy 76-33 win against West at WHS Friday, Dec. 22.

Dodgen’s troops improved to 12-1 entering its opening-round game versus Red Bank in the Appalachian Business Communications Super 16 Christmas Tournament at Bearden High School Wednesday, Dec. 27 (after press deadline).

Meanwhile, there could be a Farragut-Fulton rematch tonight (Thursday, Dec. 28), as the FHS-Red Bank winner plays the Fulton-Morristown West winner (also played Wednesday) at 9 p.m. Thursday. The losers play at 6 p.m. Thursday. The Super 16 championship game is set for 9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 29.

FHS 76 WEST 33

Pitching a first-quarter shutout with a 21-0 lead after eight minutes against West, the Ads cruised behind 12 points from senior starting post Phil Kinney, including three 3-point baskets, followed by sophomore post Sam Watson off the bench with 11 points.

“The kids played real good defense, and we kept up the intensity,” Dodgen said. “All fourteen kids did some things well.”

Kinney added, “We’re a team that doesn’t expect to lose.”

Eleven Admirals scored, as junior forward Ben Sanders came off the bench for nine points followed by senior guard Will Akers with eight and senior post Zach Onusic with seven points.

Riley Hunley, Mason Burks and Kyle Binder each added six, followed by John Abraham with five, Chris Carroll three and Clay Wilhoite two points.

FHS’s lead grew to 38-14 at the half and 57-22 after three periods.


Trailing 31-12 at the half, Farragut turned the tables with a 17-3 edge in the third quarter and 13-8 advantage in the fourth to send the game into overtime, 42-42.

“We played outstanding the second half,” Dodgen said. “And we had three chances to win it.”

But Shannon Hollingsworth’s steals and free throws in overtime kept the Falcons unbeaten at 10-0. Dominique Minor led Fulton with 15 points.

Kinney’s 20 points, including three 3-pointers after halftime, led the Admirals. “In the first half we kinda played individually,” Kinney said. “Then we came back with good defense. We’re a good group.”

Burks scored seven, Akers and Hunley six each, Abraham and Phillips three points apiece and Onusic two.

Akers said, “We went into halftime and knew we played really bad and weren’t ready for the pressure. Coach made some adjustments. We knew we had to step it up on the defensive end and offensive end. We just didn’t want to lose, so we fought back.”


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