THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE
OF FPD ATHLETICS

Foston’s Game-Winner Sends GMC Prep Bulldogs Past FPD Vikings 50-48

MACON, Ga. – With 10 seconds remaining in the game and tied at 48-48, GMC Prep’s Malik Foston inbounded the basketball and received it back on a give-and-go for a made layup and FPD’s last second shot at the buzzer failed as the FPD Vikings (3-1) dropped to the GMC Prep Bulldogs (3-2) in heartbreaking fashion 50-48 at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center on Friday night, Dec. 11.

Foston finished with 10 points while teammate Luke Lawson led all scorers with 21. Alex Moss added nine to snap a two-game losing streak for the Bulldogs while handing FPD its first loss of the 2015-16 season.

“This was definitely a tough one to take,” FPD head boys basketball coach Michael Walton said. “We had the lead late and we, myself included, made some errors that we shouldn’t have done. And in the end, you have to tip your cap to Coach (James) Lunsford, because they battled back and won.”

After trailing 28-24 at halftime, FPD came out of the locker room and outscored GMC Prep 13-9 in the third quarter to tie the game at 37-37 heading into the final eight minutes of action.

After trading buckets early in the fourth quarter, FPD created some separation, leading 46-41 with 3:16 to play in the game.

But costly turnovers and missed opportunities would doom the Vikings as the Bulldogs went on a 9-2 run to end the game after Foston’s heroics.

“I told our guys that this is part of the growing up process,” Walton said. “We still have a young team and that’s no excuse because we should have gotten out of here with a win tonight. I told them to use this game as a learning experience to mentally get better.”

Henry Middlebrooks led FPD in scoring with 11 points, including three made 3-pointers. Armaun Smith added nine points while Titus Moore and Maurice Gordon each added eight. Gordon also finished with three steals and two blocks.

“Three of the four games we’ve played this season have come down to the wire,” Walton said. “We just have to realize how to mentally play better when we have chances to win late. And that;s my job as a coach to team them that and their jobs as players to learn that. We didn’t get that part done tonight.”

“I told them not to hang their head low,” Walton added. “We’re still in a good spot. We just have to learn from this one and move on.”

FPD will move on quickly, taking on the Brookstone Cougars on Saturday afternoon in Columbus, Ga. in non-region play.

The opening tip is set for 5:30 p.m. at Illges Gymnasium.

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 and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fpdathletics.

BOX SCORE:

GMC PREP 50, FPD 48

GMC 13-15-9-13 — 50
FPD 13-11-13-11 — 48

GMC: Luke Lawson 21, Malik Foston 10, Alex Moss 9, Markus Taylor 4, Andrew Weimer 4, LaDamien Lane 2.

FPD: Henry Middlebrooks 11, Armaun Smith 9, Titus Moore 8, Maurice Gordon 8, Caleb Kelly 4, Champ Dawson 4, Jacob Oates 2, Beck Muse 2.

Records: FPD 3-1, GMC Prep 3-2.

Next: FPD at Brookstone, 5:30 p.m., Saturday; GMC Prep at Putnam County, 4:30 p.m., Dec. 19.