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Admirals win by one with late rally

Trailing Lenoir City from early in the second quarter until John Abraham’s three pointer with 2:05 left in the fourth quarter tied it 53-53, the Farragut Admirals once again successfully rallied to win.

Chris Carroll, FHS senior forward who put the team on his back offensively in the fourth quarter, took over in the final 1:18 with a critical tip-in of a missed fast-break lay-up and two free throws as FHS edged the Panthers 57-56, Friday, Jan. 11, at LCHS.

“We started hitting some shots and we started rebounding and playing defense,” said Carroll, who scored eight of his 10 total points in the fourth quarter. “As coach [Donald Dodgen] says, ‘defense creates our offense.’”

About his critical tip-in with 41 seconds to play that gave the Ads (16-4, 5-2 in District AAA entering the week) a 56-53 lead it would not relinquish, Carroll said, “In practice coach always tells us to get up and down the floor, and I was just fortunate enough to be there.”

A Carroll free throw with 1:18 to play gave FHS its first lead, 54-53, since a Jonathan Moore three-pointer with 6:18 left in the second period gave Farragut a 19-18 edge.

After a Lenoir City shot was partially blocked, Carroll rebounded and was fouled with 23.8 seconds to play. The senior converted one of two free throws making it 57-53.

After missing three shots, Lenoir City’s Matt Bivens nailed a three-pointer with 4.8 seconds to play, but since the Panthers were out of timeouts the Admirals just held the ball out-of-bounds and let the clock run out.

Lenoir City expanded a 26-24 halftime lead to as many as nine points in the third quarter and led 44-38 going to the fourth.

After LC guard Dillon Robinson (game-leading 17 points) hit a three-point field goal with 6:41 to play, making it 49-41, the Ads began the rally behind Carroll.

His five straight points, including a rebound basket after Moore’s blocked shot and a driving lay-up, cut the Panther lead to 49-46 with 4:04 left.

Carroll’s steal and pass to Esean Phillips for a lay-up trimmed it to 49-48 with 3:46 remaining. Seven of Phillips’ 11 co-team-leading points came in the fourth quarter.

Abraham ended with 11, Riley Hunley nine, Kyle Binder eight, Moore seven and Sam Watson two.

In a 72-35 drubbing of Heritage Jan. 8 at FHS, Watson led with 14 points. Carroll had 12, Phillips nine, Hunley eight, Moore seven, Reese Browning six, Ben Saunders and Binder four each, Justin Griswold and Nate Clark three apiece and Zach Warnock two.


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