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Ads roll in Cannon tourney


Rebounding strong after its first setback of the season, Farragut’s basketball boys won a pair of blowouts in the Cannon County Roundball Tournament last weekend.

Beating teams with opposite styles, FHS head coach Donald Dodgen said, “I thought we got a lot accomplished.”

Facing Hickman County’s “hold the ball” offensive style Friday, Nov. 27, the Admirals (4-1) used balanced scoring to win going away 59-29.

“They held the ball the whole game — a Carolina style, going to stall it out,” Dodgen said.

Taylor Diegel led FHS with 11 points, followed by Blake Williams and Will Park scoring 10 each. Landon Hunley added eight points with 14 rebounds.

“He’s playing hard,” Dodgen said of Hunley, a senior guard/post, adding his team “responded well” to Hickman’s slowdown.

Warren County was the complete opposite, having scored 103 points in its pervious tourney game. “They’re guard-oriented, get up and down the floor, they like to shoot threes,” Dodgen said.


But a 34-9 Ads explosion in the third quarter broke open a 27-27 halftime tie, as Farragut rolled 72-45.

“We absolutely lit it up in the third quarter,” Dodgen said. “The defense did a good job after halftime.

Park scored all 11 of his points in the third while raking down 10 rebounds for the game.

“I thought he made the spark, he absolutely got after it,” Dodgen said of Park, a junior forward.

Diegel led another balanced scoring attack with 14, while Hunley added 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Reese Browning scored nine while Stephen Britton added eight points off the bench. “I thought Stephen came in and played well for us,” Dodgen said about Britton, a senior forward.

Williams scored seven against Warren County, Nick Bender six, Ben Colwell three and Reed Haugh one.

Other scorers versus Hickman County were Brian Westervelt five, Browning, Haugh and Robert Jones three each, and Daniel Leamon and Britton two apiece.

Losing 80-63 at Central Monday, Nov. 23, “We didn’t shoot the ball very well, and we didn’t play defense very well,” Dodgen said. “And they played great. I think they’re the district favorite [3-AAA].”

Hunley still managed 19 points and 15 rebounds, while Diegel added 12 and Williams 11 points.

Bobcat guard Blake Wade scored a game-high 24. “I think he’s the best guard in KIL,” Dodgen said.

 

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