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Rivals split at FHS
BHS boys whip Ads


Rico White's “length and quickness” plus Ty Greene's explosive offensive run late in the third quarter prevented a big upset at Farragut High School Friday night.

With FHS junior wing Blake Williams scoring 13 first-half points, his Admirals were hanging tough against the state's No. 3 Class AAA-ranked Bulldogs, trailing just 26-22 at the break.

But in the second half, Bearden senior wing Rico White's defense on Williams “was the biggest key to the game,” BHS head coach Mark Blevins said about his team's 58-46 win Feb. 4 -—also keyed by White's team-high 19 points.

With Williams scoring just five points during the competitive phase of the second half, ending with 20, “We were able to control him much better once Rico got him,” Blevins said. “Rico's got length and quickness, too.

“Everybody really came through defensively.”

Greene scored 11 straight points for BHS in a three-minute stretch of the third quarter.

During Greene's run, a 34-30 lead at the five-minute mark grew to 45-34 late in the frame, as Bearden (24-2 overall, 12-1 in District 4-AAA) eventually built a 17-point advantage.


“Ty did come through there in the third quarter,” Blevins said.

Greene said his Bulldogs “needed a little spark, and I was lucky enough to hit a few shots,” adding his team “came out a little more focused” in the second half.

Praising the rivals, Blevins said Farragut “played hard and played well.”

Central to FHS's gameplan was spreading the floor in its half-court offense and, while gladly running clock, letting Williams work one-on-one. “In a game like that, I'm going to put the ball in [Williams’] hands,” FHS head coach Chris Cool said.

With Greene and Austin Weida sharing defensive duties on Williams in the first half before White took over in the second, “Williams was having his way,” Blevins said. “When he was fresh he was giving us a lot of trouble.”

But Williams admitted that in the second half, “I got tired, and I think everybody else got a little tired, too. Their press, trying to break that every single time downcourt, that'll wear you out.

“Especially when they have as good of athletes as they do,” Williams added. “They're long and they're quick; Rico and Ty are about as good as it gets.”

Also helping the Ads (12-12, 5-8) stay close in the first half was a 1-3-1-zone defense that Bearden's perimeter shooters couldn't pierce.“We were 0-for-9 in the first half from three[-point-range],” Blevins said. “We were lucky we got some stick-backs there.”

Bearden posts Will Winton and Spencer Peake had key rebound-baskets and combined for eight first-half points — Winton six.

Bearden junior post Drew Standifer scored seven in the second half, helping provide “enough inside punch to get us over the hump,” Blevins said.

Scoring eight points, Dawgs senior point Dion Fair “controlled the game … I think he had six steals,” Blevins said.

Other Ads scorers were Taylor Diegel eight, DeMarcus Martin seven, Will Park five, Craig Leuthold three, Preston Spalding two and Brian Park one point.

 

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