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Boys Basketball Takes Double OT Thriller Against George Walton 63-62

MACON, Ga. – FPD freshman Champ Dawson tied the game twice, once at the end of regulation and again in the first overtime period as the FPD Vikings (3-6) rallied from behind to knock off the George Walton Academy Bulldogs (2-9) 63-62 in double overtime  on Saturday night, Jan. 3 at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center in non-region play.

Dawson finished with 16 points, including eight in extra minutes, to help snap a four-game skid by the Vikings. Freshman Maurice Gordon led all Vikings with 18 points while Jacob Oates chipped in with 16.

“Those were some big plays by Champ,” FPD head coach Michael Walton said. “We challenged him before the game to read and react better, and he was able to drive to the basket and make those shots when we needed them the most.”

The Bulldogs, who led 23-21 at halftime, were led by the whopping 35 points from Chandler Gibson. The sophomore connected on 12 field goals and dropped in two 3-pointers in the loss.

“Hats off to George Walton,” Walton said. “They have a great team and some great players. We knew it would be a battle and thankfully our kids kept battling back throughout the entire game.”

The Bulldogs had multiple chances to win the game.

With seven seconds left in regulation, George Walton’s Cason Brown missed the front end of a one-and-one and Dawson drove the length of the floor and scored on a layup to send the match into its first overtime period at 45-45.

Then, with time expiring in the first overtime, Dawson evened the game at 52-52 and the Bulldogs missed on an attempted game-winner from George Hart, resulting in a second overtime.

“We showed a lot of heart,” Walton said. “We had a lot of guys gain some valuable minutes in this one and it makes a difference when you get contributions from the entire team.

Both squads dropped in six 3-pointers in the contest. Oates nailed three from behind the arc while George Walton’s Tucker Shull buried three as well.

Now the Vikings will focus on the Stratford Academy Eagles on Tuesday, Jan. 6. FPD’s cross-town and region rival most recently defeated Class-A powerhouse Wilkinson County 73-66 on Jan. 2.

“We know they have a good team and have a lot of guys that can score,” Walton said. “We’ll enjoy this one real quick and get ready.”

Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center Tuesday night.

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 following the Vikings on Twitter at @FPDVikingSports.

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BOX SCORE:

FPD 63, GEORGE WALTON 62 (2 OT)

GWA 12-9-17-7-7-10 — 62
FPD 14-9-15-7-7-11 — 63

George Walton: Chandler Gib 35, Tucker Shull 12, George Hart 5, Cason Brown 4, Frank Samuelson 4, Brennan Carter 2.

FPD: Maurice Gordon 18, Jacob oates 16, Champ Dawson 15, Henry Middlebrooks 5, Luke Ford 4, Robert Johnson 3, Jam Morris 2.

Records: FPD 3-6, George Walton 2-9.

Next: Stratford at FPD, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday.