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Vikings Rally Late for Thrilling 64-62 Win at AAAA Mary Persons

FORSYTH, Ga. – What looked to be a sour situation turned into sweet for the FPD varsity boys basketball team (3-0) on Saturday night, as the Vikings rallied from 15 points behind at the start of the fourth quarter to pull out a 64-62 victory at Mary Persons High School at the JP Evans Gymnasium.

After a missed free throw to tie the game by Maurice Gordon with just over 10 seconds left in regulation, FPD corralled the rebound and found Champ Dawson, who drove into the paint, drew contact in mid-flight, made the lay up along with a free throw after being fouled for the game-winning bucket.

“I’m just at a loss of words of how proud I am of these guys,” FPD head boys coach Michael Walton said. “I’m not only proud of the way they played but I’m just proud of how they’ve grown up. It would’ve been easy to throw in the towel after the fourth quarter, but we didn’t. We battled it out and came away with the win.

The Vikings outscored the Bulldogs 28-11 in the fourth quarter after trailing 51-36 at the end of the third period.

Dawson finished the night with a game-high 21 points. Armaun Smith added 14 points while Titus Moore and Maurice Gordon knocked in 11 and 10 points, respectively.

“We just have a bunch of guys that don’t care who gets the credit,” Walton said. “When you have a team like that, those are the ones that are fun to coach. I think we grew up even more tonight down late against a higher classification school. And to come back to win shows me that they want to keep getting better. All the credit goes to them.”

FPD dropped in six 3-pointers on the night while holding Mary Persons totaled just two from behind the arc.

Armaun Smith finished with seven rebounds and four steals on the night. Maurice Gordon blocked three shots as well.

Dre Evans paced the Bulldogs with 13 points. Quin Alford added 11 points and Que Perkins chimed in with 10 points.

“We’ll definitely enjoy this one,” Walton said. “Then we’ll get back to work on Monday. We’ll have a long week of preparation for GMC (Prep) next Friday night. But I’m just so proud of our guys and staff tonight.”

Tip off for next Friday’s home contest against GMC Prep is set for 8 p.m. at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center.

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 64, MARY PERSONS 62

FPD 19-7-10-28 — 64
MPHS 23-10-18-11 — 62

FPD: Champ Dawson 21, Armaun Smith 14, Titus Moore 11, Maurice Gordon 10, Henry Middlebrooks 5, Jacob Oates 3.

MPHS: Dre Evans 13, Quin Alford 11, Que Perkins 10, Cam Holden 8, Roger Akins 6, Clay Moore 4, Chris Smith 4, Brandon Ames 4, Will Waters 2.

3-pointers: FPD 6 (Moore 3, Gordon 1, Oates 1, Middlebrooks 1); MPHS 2 (Perkins 2).

Records: FPD 3-0, Mary Persons 2-2.

Next: Howard at Mary Persons, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday; GMC Prep at FPD, 8 p.m., Friday.