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Ads edge SDHS, earn programís 12th straight region berth

Donald Dodgen was far from pleased by the process, but the end result was good enough.

Coach Dodgenís No. 3-seed Farragut Admirals won its 23rd game by overcoming a six-point deficit to begin the fourth quarter (38-32), then had to withstand a last-second South-Doyle rally to edge No. 6 SDHS 62-60 in the opening round of the District 4-AAA tourney Friday, Feb. 15, at FHS.

The win allowed Farragut to earn a Region 4-AAA berth, the programís 12th straight by a Dodgen-coached team. See related story beginning on page 11.

Jonathan Moore, Admiral junior guard, stole an inbounds pass at midcourt with 2.8 seconds to play to preserve the win.

ďSouth-Doyle just out-played us tonight ... they out-hustled us, they out-shot us,Ē Dodgen said.

Senior wing John Abraham, who scored 10 of his team-high 15 points in the fourth-quarter, gave FHS a 43-42 lead with a three-point basket at the 5:31 mark of the fourth period. A Chris Carroll lay-up, two Kyle Binder free throws, a Jonathan Moore steal-turned-lay-up and a Binder three-pointer upped the lead to 52-44 with 3:03 to play.

The Admirals led 60-52 with only 39 seconds remaining before a pair of SDHS three-point baskets, plus one two-pointer, were sandwiched in with Farragut missing three of four free throws.

The end result was a one-point game, 61-60, with 4.6 seconds to play. Esean Phillips hit one of two free throws with 3.7 seconds remaining before Mooreís steal.

Binder ended with 12 points, eight in the fourth, with Riley Hunley scoring nine and Carroll eight. Moore and Sam Watson each added six, Phillips four and Justin Griswold two points.


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