Traditional power Fulton tamed; Ads sparked by defense, Geron’s 21 points to win Reeder tourney

Jon Higgins’ Farragut Admirals pose with their Reeder Chevrolet Farragut Thanksgiving Tournament title plaque.
Trailing tradition Class AA state power Fulton 25-14 with less than five minutes left in the first half, Farragut caught and passed the Falcons midway into the third quarter — going on to claim a convincing 64-57 win to earn the eight-team Reeder Chevrolet Farragut Thanksgiving Tournament title played last week.

While defensive intensity keyed the rally during this Saturday night, Nov. 30, title game in FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium, the Admirals stayed perfect at 6-0 behind 21 points from Robby Geron, senior guard. Kaleb VanAcker, senior wing, added 13 points while Dillon Atwell, sophomore guard back for his first game after a foot injury, scored 10.

“We really picked up our intensity defensively,” Farragut head coach Jon Higgins said. “And we finally started getting those loose balls. ... From about mid-second quarter on, I thought we really took advantage of those. Grabbed the loose balls.”

Jake Wallace, Admirals junior post, scored eight while Isaiah Smith, sophomore guard, added seven points. Jack Carasso, junior post, scored all four of his points in the second half. Carter Mayfield, sophomore guard, added a free throw.

“This team has a lot of fight,” Geron said about the rally.

Individually, “I told (the team), ‘we wouldn’t be 6-0 without Robby,’” Higgins said. “... I thought Kaleb played fantastic today — but he has all season. ... Jack Carasso gave us some great minutes.”

VanAcker said about the turning point, “We started pushing each other more, got the intensity up.”