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Governors outshoot Admirals, who finally lose in 4-AAA tilt

The biscuit often just hung on the rim without falling into the basket. It was rare misfortune for the Farragut boys basketball team, but William Blount took full advantage on its home court Friday evening, Feb. 2.

To underscore the opposite level of shooting fortune in the Govs' 50-44 upset win, WBHS guard Michael Thompson scored nine points, second on the team, with all coming on three-point bombs in the fourth period helping the host team pull away.

"We just didn't shoot well, we missed too many easy shots," FHS head coach Donald Dodgen said, as his Admirals lost its first District 4-AAA game (11-1) by scoring only 16 first-half points. "I just don't think we were real focused at times. It just happens like that. We could not hit a shot when we needed to."

While William Blount improved to 11-12 overall, 7-5 in 4-AAA after the win, the Ads fell to 22-4 overall.

"All year you worry about having a game like this, and you hope you don't have it on the road because if you have it on the road, it's tough," Dodgen added. "I thought William Blount played well tonight, they got the lead and kept the lead."

In a first quarter where neither team led by more than two points, the Govs built an 11-9 lead to 20-13 with a combination of drives to the basket and perimeter shooting against the bigger Admirals. Farragut converted only two field goals in the second frame, the last coming on Zach Onusic's pass to a cutting Riley Hunley for a lay-up, making it 20-16 at the 3:04 mark.

Perhaps another omen was Micah Ballard's desperation 25-foot three-pointer at the buzzer to make it 25-16 Govs at halftime.

Early on, "We were working to try and get it inside and we didn't do a good job. We were trying to force it in there to see if we could get some fouls," Dodgen said. "But we were about a second late getting it inside."

Dodgen added that a lack of effective perimeter shooting made going inside even tougher.

But FHS fought back from a 27-18 deficit with a 13-2 run to take a brief lead thanks to nifty half-court passing and two Will Akers bombs.

An Esean Phillips lay-up, a pick-and-roll from Akers to Onusic for a lay-up, two Akers three-pointers and a Kyle Binder feed to Akers for a lay-up had Farragut ahead 32-29 with 48 seconds to play in the period. The Ads led 32-31 after three.

While the lead went back-and-forth early in the final quarter, Thompson hit all three of his bombs in the first 3:45 of the fourth, the last giving the Govs a 42-39 lead it would not relinquish.

The Admirals converted only one field goal in the final 4:52.

Senior post Phil Kinney, who scored five points, said his team "shot terrible, and in the first half I don't know what it was; we were playing good defense. I thought we were high for the game, but it's one of those games where, like, every shot rimmed out.

"The first half we weren't as frustrated, we thought we'll bounce back the second half, and we did," Kinney added. "But it just kept happening. All those lay-ups rimmed out. I think three times in a row, like offensive put-backs. We couldn't put 'em back in.

Onusic led the Ads with 11 points followed by Akers with 10, and Mason Burks, John Abraham and Phillips joining Kinney with five points each. Hunley had two and Clay Wilhoite added a free throw. Corey Welch (No. 44) led William Blount with 15 points.


Onusic led the Ads with 20 points, Kinney added 12 and Hunley 10. Akers and Abraham each had nine, Phillips three and Jonathan Moore, Burks and Wilhoite added two apiece.


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