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Boys Hoops Begins 2016 with 63-44 Region Victory over Twiggs County

MACON, Ga. – 2016 started off nicely for the FPD varsity boys basketball team (7-3, 1-0 Reg. 7-A), who defeated the Twiggs County Cobras (7-5, 0-1 Reg. 7-A) 63-44 on Saturday night at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center at Coach Mac’s Court.

With the win, the Vikings snapped a two-game skid and also took a one-game advantage in the series against the Cobras, now leading 4-3.

“I thought tonight was one of our better nights from start to finish,” FPD head boys basketball coach Michael Walton said. “All of our guys played really hard from the opening tip to the final buzzer. It just goes to show me that they continue to grow up, and that’s a good thing.”

The Vikings led 16-14 at the end of the first quarter and outscored the Cobras 19-11 in the second frame for a 35-25 halftime lead.

“Our energy really put us over the top tonight,” Walton said. “All of our guys contributed in this one.”

FPD didn’t let loose of the throttle in the seonc half, though, outscoring Twiggs 28-19 in the final 16 minutes for the win.

Champ Dawson led FPD in scoring with 18 points while Beck Muse added 10. Maurice Gordon and Armaun Smith also chipped in with 9 and 8, respectively.

“I thought tonight we were just able to put it together when we needed to,” Walton said. “Twiggs has a really good basketball team and Coach (Xavaier) Woods does a really good job with his guys. Our guys responded to the challenge tonight, and that’s what we’re most proud of.”

FPD also shot the basketball well, hitting 23 two-pointers and three 3-pointers. The Vikings were also a solid 8-of-10 from the free throw line.

“We finally shot the ball better,” Walton said. “When we do that and play the defense we know we can play, we know that we can be successful.”

Dylan Loyd led the Cobras with a game-high 19 points that included one made 3-pointer.

The Vikings will now shift their focus to their long-time rival in the Stratford Academy Eagles on Tuesday, Jan. 5.

Stratford took both meetings last season after a five year hiatus of both schools not playing each other due to being in different associations.

“They have a really good basketball team,” Walton said. “But so do we and I think both teams will be up for the challenge.”

The Eagles won at home on Jan. 23 over FPD 63-44 after claiming a 73-59 road win on Jan. 6 of 2015.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Stratford’s Grady Smith Gymnasium.

Check www.fpdvikings.com and @FPDVikingSports on Twitter on updates leading into Tuesday’s Region-7A contest.

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 63, TWIGGS COUNTY 44

TC 14-11-10-9 — 44
FPD 16-19-13-15 — 63

TC: Dylan Loyd 19, Juwan Brown 8, Ramondez Stephens 5, Adrian Thomas 4, Tekebrion Blackshear 4, Robert Cornelius 2, Zuri Brown 2.

FPD: Champ Dawson 18, Beck Muse 10, Maurice Gordon 9, Armaun Smith 8, Henry Middlebrooks 7, Jacob Oates 5, Wesley Wilson 4, Robert Johnson 2.

3-pointers: FPD 3 (Gordon 1, Oates 1, Middlebrooks 1); Twiggs 1 (Loyd).

Records: FPD 7-3, 1-0 Reg. 7-A; Twiggs County 7-5, 0-1 Reg. 7-A.

Next: FPD at Stratford, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday.