With OT payback at Fulton, Ads win 4 straight — but fall Monday

Holding Sevier County without a point for more than 10 minutes in the second half — down to the final two minutes of regulation play — Farragut’s boys had overcome as much as a 12-point deficit while trailing 30-24 entering the final quarter.

But a 34-32 Admirals lead was erased by Smoky Bears standout power forward Cooper Takacs’ two free throws with 1:34 to play.

After a turnover with 40 seconds left prevented Farragut from getting the game’s last solid scoring chance in its half-court offense, Takacs converted his own missed rebound shot with just .4 of a second to play, allowing Sevier County (6-2) to escape FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gym with a 36-34 win Monday night, Dec. 13.

“A tough game. Two good teams playing great defense,” Ads skipper Jon Higgins said.

About only scoring 34 points, “Sometimes you’re going to have those games during the season,” the coach added.

Minus starting senior point guard Carter Mayfield and starting senior wing Elisha Brabson (injuries), FHS (8-3) saw its four-game win streak end — which included a 65-62 overtime win at Fulton Tuesday, Dec. 7, to avenge an earlier home loss to the Falcons.

Senior guard Dillon Atwell led Farragut in scoring versus Sevier with 12, followed by wing/post Dallas Carbaugh with nine. Ryan Neal scored seven and Isaiah Smith six.

Takacs led Sevier County with a game-high 19 points.