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Second Half Surge Sends Vikings Past George Walton 79-41 in Home Opener

MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity boys basketball team (2-0) scored 54 points in the second half, 28 in the third quarter and 26 in the fourth quarter, to cap off a 79-41 win in its 2015-16 home opener on Friday night, Dec. 4 at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center over the George Walton Academy Bulldogs (0-1).

Friday’s win marks the first time FPD has won back-to-back games to begin the season since 2013-14.

Three Vikings led the squad in double figures. Jacob Oates totaled 17 points, while Maurice Gordon and Beck Muse chipped in with 13 and 11, respectively.

“I told the guys after the game just how proud I was for them,” FPD head boys coach Michael Walton said. “We played together tonight and fixed a lot of the issues we saw in the GMC game from this past Tuesday. To see us continue to grow and bond as a team this early in the season is certainly a positive sign.”

FPD jumped out to a 14-9 lead after the first eight minutes of action and led 25-21 at halftime.

“I told our guys at halftime to just stick to our game-plan,” Walton said. “Our shots just weren’t falling in completely in the first half, but we were running great plays and hustling hard. I told our guys to keep playing hard and competing and they did. That, to me, proved to be the difference, because they listened and in the second half, things fell for us the right way.

It certainly did.

Oates went on a 3-point rampage, hitting five out of six three’s in the third quarter alone to essentially put the game away for FPD. FPD also netted 26 points in the fourth quarter with quality bench contributions from Reggie Gantt, Henry Middlebrooks, Alex Giron, and E.J. Tobler. Altogether, those four totaled 14 points in the final quarter.

“It was a total team effort tonight,” Walton said. “(I’m) excited for our guys and staff. We want our guys to just compete and play hard and have fun while doing. That’s what they’ve done so far and I hope that continues.”

Eleven different players scored a basket for the Vikings. FPD also cashed in from the free throw line, hitting 10 of 15 opportunities.

Gantt led FPD with eight rebounds while Muse, Titus Moore, and Tobler each corralled four caroms. Champ Dawson also snagged a team-high eight steals.

Brennan Carter led all George Walton scorers with 16 and Brelan Holston added eight.

The Vikings out-shot the Bulldogs from 3-point range 7-2.

“We have to keep playing with the same energy while paying attention to the details,” Walton said. “I think if we do that, we’ll be successful.”

FPD is back in action in a flash, hitting the hardwood Saturday night, Dec. 5 at Mary Persons High School in Forsyth, Ga.

Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.

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 79, GEORGE WALTON 41

GWA 9-12-13-7 — 41
FPD 14-11-28-26 — 79

GWA: Brennan Carter 16, Brelan Holston 8, Blake Heard 4, Cason Brown 3, Denzel Coley3, Ben Anderson 2,
Austin Parrish 2, Keaton Russell 2, Jerald Allahverdiv 1.

FPD: Jacob Oates 17, Maurice Gordon 12, Beck Muse 11, Champ Dawson 8, Armaun Smith 6, Titus Moore 6, Reggie Gantt 5, Henry Middlebrooks 4, E.J. Tobler 4, Alex Giron 3, Caleb Kelly 2.

3-pointers: FPD 7 (Oates 5, Giron 1, Gantt 1); GWA 2 (Carter 1, Coley 1).

Records: FPD 2-0, GWA 0-1.

Next: FPD at Mary Persons, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Tallulah Falls at George Walton, 6 p.m., Saturday.