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Early tourney rounds leave FMS hoops teams at 3-0
Boys reach semis with routs of CBMS, Northwest at Karns

“The big man inside” caused lots of problems for No. 12 seed Northwest Saturday afternoon, Feb. 5.

Eighth-grade post Dylan Jackson helped lead Farragut (11-7), No. 4 seed, to an easy 30-14 win in James A. Ivey Memorial Knox County Middle School Basketball Tournament quarterfinal action at Karns Middle School.

“He's the big man inside … he's kinda been our mainstay all season,” FMS head coach Randy Swartzentruber said of his big eighth-grader, who ended with eight points, a bunch of rebounds and had one three-minute stretch in the first quarter where he blocked three Rangers shots.

“He clogs up the middle, gets so many rebounds,” Swartzentruber added. “That big presence is just hard to deal with for other teams.”

Will Doerger added seven points for FMS against Northwest 6-11), followed by Alex Long with six. “Will's playing good, too,” Swartzentruber said about his eighth-grade post.

Sam Cargo added one three-point basket for the Admirals that didn't hit iron, while Max Dresen drove hard to the hoop for his two points.

Tyler Clark and Drew Driscoll also scored two points each.

In FMS' tourney opener one day before, Long was on fire from long range early, and Farragut's huge edge in size despite Giants for opponents meant the outcome of this Cedar Bluff-FMS was never in doubt.

Long, a wing, nailed three 3-point baskets in the first quarter, while teammate Ty Allen added a pair in the second quarter as Farragut ended the No. 13-seed Giants' season.

Long, who was joined as team leading scorer by post Carson Strickland with nine each, helped lead Farragut to a 52-17 victory at FMS Friday afternoon, Feb. 4.

Three-point shooting “hadn't really been a specialty until this year, and then I guess coach Swartzentruber has coached me up to shoot them better,” said Long, an eighth-grader

Doerger scored eight. As an eighth-grade post, Doerger said he's “motivated to go my hardest, and make every moment count, since these are my moments at Farragut Middle School.”

Jackson, Driscoll and Jackson Bowdle scored six each. Clark had four points, Sam Cargo three and Matt Dresen and Michael Travis two apiece.

Jacob Schopmann’s six points led CBMS, which ended with three wins this season. Quincey Sibley, Matt Martin and Seth Long each scored three and Glenn Humphrey two.


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