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2nd loss to Fulton for FHS boys

Failing to get revenge against unbeaten Fulton, the Farragut Admirals ended 2006 by blowing out Anderson County while holding off Red Bank during the annual Appalachian Business Communications Super 16 Christmas Tournament at Bearden High School last week.

Entering the week 13-2, the Admirals were in position to reach the Super 16 finals with an eight-point lead in the third quarter against Fulton, ranked fourth statewide in Class AA, Thursday, Dec. 28.

However, “In a span of three minutes in the third quarter we had some unusual things happen,” Farragut head coach Donald Dodgen said about the huge momentum shift. “We could never recoup from it. … and Fulton just shot the lights out. Our kids played awfully hard.”

Dodgen added this is the best Fulton team he’s faced in Jody Wright’s tenure as Falcon head coach.

Fulton took a 50-46 lead into the final quarter and built the advantage to double-digits.

“The Fulton game I’m still pretty bummed about,” senior guard Mason Burks said. “I really wish we could have won the tournament.”

Zach Onusic, senior post who led FHS with 12 points, said his team “let down a little bit and they came back.”

Farragut never recovered, losing 69-61, despite having four players reach double figures in scoring. Phil Kinney scored 11 while 10 each came from Kyle Binder and Riley Hunley. John Abraham scored six, Jonathan Moore and Clay Wilhoite four each and Esean Phillips two.

The Admirals rallied from a nine-point first quarter deficit to tie the game 16-16 after one, then held the Falcons to seven points in the second quarter to grab a 30-23 halftime lead.

James Gallman, who led Fulton’s third quarter rally with 14 points in that frame alone, ended with 27. Jalen Steele scored 19 for the Falcons, 12 in the fourth quarter, as Fulton took a perfect 14-0 record into 2007.

Turnovers were a factor: the Ads had 19, the Falcons 10.


Onusic’s 17 points led the way in a first-round game Dec. 27 where FHS dominated the second and third quarters to lead 50-32 after three, only to see the Lions (10-6) rally with a 24-12 edge during the final frame.

Binder pitched in 12, Kinney 10, Phillips eight and Will Akers six points for the Admirals. Mason Burks scored four.

FHS 77 ACHS 40

All 14 Admirals scored at least one point as Dodgen praised his bench for improved play.

With four 3-point baskets, John Abraham’s 12 points led Farragut, followed by Akers with nine, Kinney, Carroll and Wilhoite seven each, and Burks, Phillips and Moore six apiece. Binder and Hunley each had four, with Ben Sanders and Onusic scoring three. Justin Griswold had two and Sam Watson added a free throw.


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