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Boys Basketball Drops Season Opener to Brookstone 48-33

MACON, Ga. – Freshman Maurice Gordon scored a game-high 14 points but it wasn’t enough to stop the sharp-shooting Brookstone Cougars as the FPD Vikings (0-1) dropped their season opener 48-33 at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center on Tuesday night, Dec. 2.

“I thought our kids played extremely hard,” first-year head coach Michael Walton said. “We didn’t shoot the ball very well tonight and turned it over quite a bit when we shouldn’t have. But I’m still proud of our guys for coming out like they did with the limited amount of time we’ve had.”

FPD fell into an early 14-4 hole at the end of the first quarter and trailed 29-13 at halftime.

Three players scored in double-figures to pace the Cougar attack on offense. Senior Andrew Butcher dropped in a team-high 12 points while seniors Hudson Terrell and Miles McCluskey each netted 11 points.

“They (Brookstone) have a good team,” Walton said. “Hats off to them for the way they played tonight.”

Despite the loss, Walton is still optimistic about what he saw from his players on the hardwood.

“Our guys did some things tonight naturally that we haven’t taught yet that were really good,” Walton said. “We’re young and it will take some time. We have a great group of guys who play unselfishly and we’re excited.”

Brookstone attempted 27 free throws in the contest, knocking in 15 while the Vikings finished at 5-for-11 from the charity stripe. The Cougars drained five 3-pointers as well.

A highlight of the night, however, was the Viking defense, who held the Cougars to just 19 points in the second period.

“We were able to pressure a lot in the second half tonight,” Walton said. “Hopefully we can get our guys to understand the pace and the tempo of what we’re trying to do before Friday’s game.”

That game is against the George Walton Academy Bulldogs on Friday night, Dec. 5 in Monroe. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m.

“If we can keep getting better over the next few weeks at practice, we will be okay,” Walton said. “I’m really excited about where our team is headed.”

The First Presbyterian Day School Department of Athletics strives to build the student athlete both in the playing arena and the classroom while upholding the school’s mission statement to educate and equip students to change the world for God’s glory. For more information, visit www.fpdvikings.com and sign up for up-to-the-minute news and scores by visiting www.twitter.com/FPDVikingSports.

BOX SCORE:

BROOKSTONE 48, FPD 33

Brookstone 14-15-4-15–48
FPD 4-9-8-12–33

Brookstone: Butcher 12, Terrell 11, McCluskey 11, Reaves 6, Ahmed 6, Ndem 2.

FPD: Gordon 14, Oates 8, Dawson 3, Middlebrooks 3, Moore 3, Ford 2.

3-pointers: Brookstone 5 (Terrell 2, Butcher 2, McCluskey 1); FPD 2 (Middlebrooks 1, Oates 1).

Records: FPD 0-1.

Next: FPD at George Walton, 8 p.m., Friday.