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Fourth Quarter Outburst Sends Boys Hoops Past Brookstone 48-45

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Down by 10 points heading into the fourth quarter, the FPD varsity boys basketball team had but one choice: dig deep from within just like it has done all season long.

They did and it worked yet again as the Vikings (4-1) came back from as many as 14 points in the fourth quarter to defeat the home-standing Brookstone Cougars (1-6) 48-45 at the Illges Gymnasium on Saturday evening, Dec. 12.

The win ends a one-game losing streak for FPD after Friday’s loss to GMC Prep and ties the overall series against the Cougars at 4-4.

“Our guys just decided to come together in the fourth quarter and play together as a team,” FPD boys head coach Michael Walton said. “Their effort was outstanding in the fourth quarter. I’m so proud of them for not giving up.”

FPD outscored Brookstone 27-14 in the fourth quarter to take the come-from-behind win. The late charge was led by Armaun Smith, who finished with nine points in the quarter and team-high 16 on the night.

“The fun thing about this team is that it’s someone else every night,” Walton said. “But everyone chipped in tonight where they could. We knew it would be tough coming into a back-to-back after a tough loss to GMC (Prep) last night, but I have to credit our kids. They found a will and a way to win.”

Walton says it was due to the uptempo defense in the final quarter that led to comeback.

“We started pressuring them more in the back-court and got them to turn the ball over,” Walton said. “That let us get back in the game and eventually pull away late I thought.”

Maurice Gordon added 10 points in the win for the Vikings while Champ Dawson finished with nine. Along with Smith’s nine in the fourth quarter, Dawson and Gordon totaled 21 of FPD’s 27 fourth quarter points.

The Vikings were down 24-18 at halftime and scored just three points in the third quarter to trail 31-21 at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

“It takes a lot of guts to work your way back into the ball game like we did tonight,” Walton said. “Brookstone has a scrappy team and Coach (Bentley) Sparks does a great job with his guys. We’re just thankful for the win.”

Sutton Eggena led Brookstone in scoring with 15 points. Chris Edmonds and Sam Ndem each knocked in seven points.

FPD will now gear up for Schley County after midterm exams this upcoming week.

Tip off against the Wildcats is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center.

The Vikings defeated the Wildcats 61-58 on the road last season and hold a 5-0 series advantage since joining the GHSA.

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:

FPD 48, SCHLEY COUNTY 45

FPD: Armaun Smith 16, Maurice Gordon 10, Champ Dawson 9, Henry Middlebrooks 6, Reggie Gantt 3, Jacob Oates 3, Titus Moore 1.

Brookstone: Sutton Eggena 15, Sam Ndem 7, Chris Edmonds 7, Trey Lingo 6, Williams Reaves 4, Jamie Sheek 2, Asim Ahmed 2, Josh Long 2.

3-pointers: Brookstone 5 (Lingo 2, Ndem 1, Edmonds 1, Eggena 1); FPD 2 (Middlebrooks).

Records: FPD 4-1, Brookstone 1-6.

Next: Schley County at FPD, 7:30 p.m., Friday; Beulah (AL) at Brookstone, 2:30 p.m., Friday.