FMS hoops teams sweep Northwest

2nd-half surge fuels boys

Farragut Middle School’s boys basketball team had to overcome a slow start in its game against Northwest last week.

The Admirals, who were playing without injured two-time all-Knox County Middle School Conference center Alex Doerger, an eighth-grader, fell behind the Rangers (0-3) early but were able to come from behind and capture a KCMSC 55-46 victory Thursday, Nov. 14, at FMS’s Bobby J. Henry Gymnasium.

“We were without our big guy, and I told the kids that everybody is going to step up, so we’ll see what happens,” longtime head coach Randy Swartzentruber said. “We got off to a sluggish start, but it’s better to do that than to be sluggish in the end, I suppose.

“Free throws and rebounding just killed us.”

Farragut got a boost from Eli Evans in the second quarter. He scored five points in the final minute and tied the game on the final bucket.

“We got a lift from Eli and that really helped us,” Swartzentruber said.

After the break, Farragut opened a 32-26 advantage on a 3-point basket by Tony Spadafora.

Parker Hall led FMS (2-1 starting the week) with 15 points. Davis Goss and Eli finished with 10 points each. Braylan Hall added seven.