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Led by seniors, Dawgs dump drained Ads

Farragut couldn’t duplicate a Senior Night high from one day before, while Bearden’s seniors were high on showing the Admirals they were dominant.

And showing worth of its No. 1 ranking in Tennessee Class AAA.

The result was a 74-47 Bulldogs romp at BHS Friday night, Feb. 11, with Bearden building a 33-point third quarter bulge by forcing numerous turnovers and receiving dominant efforts from its three senior playmakers.

Unlike a 12-point win at FHS one week before, “We had a lot more energy, and we went after them a lot harder on their press,” said BHS head coach Mark Blevins, whose team ends the regular season 27-2 while winning a share of the District 4-AAA league title with West (13-1).

“Dion [Fair] was the key in the third [quarter], and Ty [Greene] had a great third,” Blevins added. “Rico [White] was steady all night.

“I just think Farragut ran out of gas.”

White, senior wing, ended with a game-high 20 points, while senior wing Greene scored 16 — 11 in the third quarter.

Fair, starting senior point guard, only scored two but made things happen on both sides of the floor.

Austin Weida came off the bench to score 10 for BHS, while senior post Will Winton scored eight and Dawg junior post Drew Standifer seven.

Farragut, dropping to 14-13 overall while finishing sixth in 4-AAA at 5-9, was led by junior wing Blake Williams’ 17 points followed by senior wing Taylor Diegel’s 16.

Diegel pointed to a 17-point Senior Night victory at FHS against Christian Academy of Knoxville, played the previous night.

“We poured a lot of emotions out on the court last night,” he said. “We were pretty exhausted after all that Senior Night stuff.”

Chris Cool, FHS head coach, said his Admirals “just played a miserable game, we turned it over. We didn't shoot well.”

Cool also pointed to Senior Night versus the Warriors.

“We played well, we shot the ball well last night, we got an emotional win,” he said. “CAK's a good team ... That was one of the kids’ goals, to win on Senior Night.

“We didn't get a day to prepare” for Bearden, Cool added. “You're playing the No. 1 team in the state.”

With the Admirals trailing 38-22 at halftime before it became a blowout, Diegel said, “It's hard to come back. We made a lot of turnovers that hurt us.”

Cool said his Ads “broke the press early” against the Dawgs, “But we took quick shots and we missed them, and they ended up in [Bearden] lay-ups. And after that we got in a big hole and started turning it over.”

Other FHS scorers were DeMarcus Martin with eight, Reed Haugh four and Brian Park two. Other Bulldogs scorers were Charlie Bain and Brady Smith with four each, Sam Greene two and Patrick Oaks one point.

Playing the bottom portion of his bench the entire fourth quarter, Blevins had praise for his younger and less experienced Bulldogs. “I thought Brady Smith did a good job; Charlie Bain came in and did a nice job in the fourth quarter,” Blevins said.


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