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Late Run Sends Greyhounds Past Vikings 58-46 in Final Day of Jones County Tourney

GRAY, Ga. – Tied at 46 with 2:02 remaining in the game, the FPD varsity boys basketball team (6-3) couldn’t hold on as the Jones County High School Greyhounds (8-7) finished on a 12-0 run for a 58-46 victory to take third place in their own tournament at the Greyhound Gymnasium on Wednesday night at the State Bank Holiday Classic.

The loss is FPD’s longest losing streak of the year at two games. Maurice Gordon, who led all scorers with a season-high 22 points, was named to the State Bank Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team.

“I’m really proud of our guys and the effort they put forth tonight,” FPD head boys coach Michael Walton said. “A lot of folks are going to look at the scoreboard and think we got beat bad, but it was a tie game with two minutes left and we just didn’t get the job done and they did.

“Hats off to Jones County. They have a really, really good basketball team and made the plays when they had to.”

The Vikings led 11-10 at the end of the first quarter pushed their lead to six at halftime to 25-19 by outscoring the Greyhounds 14-9 in the second quarter.

“We executed a lot of our game plan,” Walton said. “We got them running up and down the floor with our full-court pressure and caused some turnovers and steals. That led to use getting to some easy buckets.”

But the Greyhounds answered big in the third quarter. Jones County outscored FPD 21-15 to even the game at 40-40 heading into the final eight minutes.

The Greyhounds would prevail over that time span, holding the Vikings to six points while dropping in 18 points.

“I definitely can’t fault our guys on the effort they gave, especially on their third game in three days,” Walton said. “I told them after the game that I was proud of the way we played. We just have to work on the details to finish those games out.”

Titus Moore also finished in double-figures with 11 points for FPD.

Devin Wooten totaled 17 points for the Greyhounds and Kylan Hill knocked in 11.

FPD out-shot Jones County from behind the arc 5-3, but made seven less field goals in the contest. The Vikings also struggled from the free throw line, finishing 9-of-19.

The Vikings will now focus their attention to Region-7A play.

FPD opens region play on Saturday, Jan, 2, hosting the Twiggs County Cobras at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center.

Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m.

Live audio will be available on the Viking Sports Radio Netowrk beginning with the girls contest at 3:50 p.m. and throughout the duration of the boys game on www.livestream.com.

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BOX SCORE:

JONES COUNTY 58, FPD 46

FPD 11-14-15-6 — 46
JCHS 10-9-21-18 — 58

FPD: Maurice Gordon 22, Titus Moore 11, Armaun Smith 6, Henry Middlebrooks 3, Wesley Wilson 3, Beck Muse 1.

Jones County: Devin Wooten 17, Kylan Hill 11, Nick Singleton 7, Dennis woolfolk, Jr. 7, Timothry Greene 7, JayVaughn Patterson 3, Shareez Hamm 2, Marquarious Pitts 2.

3-pointers: FPD 5 (Gordon 3, Middlebrooks 1, Moore 1); Jones County 3 (Woolfolk 2, Wooten 1).

Records: FPD 6-3, Jones County 8-7.

Next: Twiggs County at FPD, 5:30 p.m., Saturday.