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Third-seed could come down to LC visit Friday; Binder, Saunders lead the way in dual victories

With William Blount in town Friday, Farragut couldn’t match the 32 minutes of dominance and intensity it used to destroy Powell four days earlier.

But ending with 16 minutes of defensive intensity against the Govs produced a 64-49 District 4-AAA win Feb. 1 at FHS.

“We came out in the second half and we played with intensity,” said FHS head coach Donald Dodgen, whose Admirals stay in control of third-place in 4-AAA (7-4 entering the week, 19-6 overall). “We’re diving on the floor for loose balls, we’re blocking shots, we’re rebounding.”

“We played hard, and we played with a lot of heart.”

However, Dodgen said in the first half “we did not play hard,” adding, “We can’t keep doing that against good teams.”

Farragut led 29-26 at the half, and 44-36 after three periods before a 6-1 run early in the fourth, capped by a Jonathan Moore lay-up, pushed the lead to 50-37.

The Governors (9-12, 4-8) cut the lead to 56-47 with 2:56 to play, but six FHS free throws, four by senior post Chris Carroll, built the lead to 15, 62-47.

Kyle Binder, FHS senior starting post, scored a team-high 15 points after his 20-point effort led a 65-40 drubbing of Powell Jan. 28 at PHS.

“My teammates have been doing a good job spreading the floor,” Binder said. “It’s getting me in there on a smaller guy sometimes, a mismatch, and makes it a lot easier for me.”

As for Farragut’s second-half improvement against William Blount, Binder said, “I think we came out and gave a lot more intensity on defense, and it turned into a lot of turnovers, and we got some lay-ups, and it got us going.”

Individually, Dodgen praised Ben Saunders, senior reserve forward. “Ben had a great night,” Dodgen said. “He gave us that little spark that we didn’t have. He’s done that a couple of times.”

Saunders said, “I noticed the team needed me to step up, so I was there for the team.”

Other FHS scorers against the Govs were senior guard Esean Phillips with 10, Sam Watson nine, Riley Hunley eight, Saunders seven, and Moore and Carroll six each. John Abraham had two points, while Justin Griswold added a free throw.

Moore popped in 15 against Powell, followed by Abraham with eight, Hunley six, Carroll five and Watson four points. Phillips added three while Saunders and Nate Clark scored two apiece.

Eleven of Binder’s 20 points against the Panthers came in the third quarter.


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