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FHS boys take two

John Abraham knew what he had to do when he went to the free-throw line with four seconds remaining in the game.

The senior proceeded to nail two clutch free-throws to help the Farragut Admirals slide by the Clinton Dragons 68-63 in a Hall of Fame game Thursday, Nov. 15, at CHS.

After a 3-pointer brought Clinton within three points, the Dragons were forced to foul Abraham after the inbounds pass.

Abraham, who shot 87 percent from the free-throw line last year was used to the pressure.

“I was just thinking I was going to make them and I did,” Abraham said.

Coupled with a 76-60 home win against Webb Saturday night, the Admiral start 2-0.

At Clinton, it was a dramatic ending to a game that Farragut controlled for three quarters.

The Admirals took a 57-36 lead into the fourth, but defensive breakdowns and missed free-throws allowed Clinton (0-1) to get back into the game.

“I don’t think we did a very good job defending at the end,” Farragut head coach Donald Dodgen said. “We didn’t shoot free throws worth a flip. We didn’t handle the ball very well. We got a good lead and we kind of relaxed and that’s my fault. I take full responsibility for that.”

With this being the first game of the season, Dodgen feels this can be a learning experience his team can take with them as the season progresses.

“You learn from these kinds of games more than you do from blowouts,” Dodgen said. “We’ve got to learn how to take care of the ball.”

The Dragons brought the score to within 61-53 with just over a minute remaining in the game. The Admirals connected on 8 of 12 free throws during the last minute to hang onto the lead. Abraham was 5 of 6 from the line down the stretch.


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