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Fourth quarter surge keys wins for Farragut boys

It’s hardly been 32 minutes of complete basketball lately, but Farragut High School’s varsity boys team perked up in the fourth quarter last week and won two District 4-AAA games.

After edging William Blount 60-56 on the road Dec. 11 with key plays late, the Admirals needed a final frame surge to slip past South-Doyle 63-56 Friday, Dec. 14, in FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

“Our defense in the fourth quarter was the difference in the ballgame tonight,” FHS head coach Donald Dodgen said. “We waited tonight and played the fourth quarter, but we can’t keep doing that. … We made too many turnovers. Some of them were unforced turnovers.

“I told the kids, ‘you can’t keep waiting until the fourth quarter, especially when you’re on the road. …,” Dodgen added. “We played William Blount in the fourth quarter like gangbusters. We got after it defensively, hit some free throws.”

Against SDHS, Esean Phillips’ driving basket put Farragut ahead 9-8 at the 3:30 mark of the first quarter, but the Admirals would not lead again until 45 seconds remained in the third quarter. That’s when John Abraham’s fast-break lay-up, on an assist from Riley Hunley, made it 41-39 Ads.

The Cherokees grabbed back the lead once, 45-43, with seven minutes left in the game, but would not lead again.

A 10-1 Admiral run featured two fast-break lay-ups, a Kyle Binder tip-in plus two free throws from the 6-foot-6 senior post, and a Jonathan Moore steal-and-lay-up to cap the run and make it 59-49 with 1:46 to play.

Moore, a junior point guard, scored a game-high 20 points and won the praise of Dodgen for his efforts in both wins last week.

“I thought Jonathan Moore had a great game at William Blount,” Dodgen said, as the junior scored 13. “Hit some big shots, made some big free throws. He’s playing hurt right now a little bit, both knees are a little sore.”

Against South-Doyle, Dodgen added about Moore, “He got a big steal down there and made some big buckets tonight.

“He was the difference in both games, I think. He’s been pretty steady for us.”

Moore said about the SDHS game, “We played as a team, we started playing defense more, we got fired up. I tried to do what I could on offense, and on defense tried to get the team into the game.”

Phillips, a senior guard, was the only other Admiral in double figures Friday, scoring 10. “Esean came in tonight and gave us a couple of buckets and gave us some defensive stops at times,” Dodgen said.

Binder had eight, Chris Carroll seven, and Sam Watson, Abraham and Hunley six each.

Improving to 9-2 overall, FHS jumps to 3-2 in the district.

Carroll, a senior post, said the Admirals “started playing” in the fourth quarter, “started hustling, started rebounding, doing the little things we weren’t doing in the first half.”


Carroll joined Moore by scoring 13 against the Govs, followed by Abraham, a senior guard, with 12. Binder had nine, Hunley six, Phillips five and Watson two points.


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