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Vikings Outlast Brookstone Cougars 43-39 to Take Season Series

MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity boys basketball team (9-4) won its second straight game on Saturday afternoon, holding off a late Brookstone Cougar (3-10) comeback for a 44-39 non-region win at Coach Mac’s Court at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center.

“We did what we had to do to get the win,” FPD head boys basketball coach Michael Walton said. “It wasn’t pretty but I’m proud of our guys that they got it done and didn’t squander the opportunity.”

With the win, the Vikings now lead the overall series against the Cougars 5-4. FPD also takes the season series against Brookstone after a 48-45 victory over the Cougars in Columbus, Ga. back on Dec. 12.

“I’ll be honest, I’m not too happy with the way we closed out the game,” Walton said. “We were up 11 or 12 with just over three minutes to go and allowed them to come back and make it a close ball game.”

“I know we are a young team, but there comes a point where our guys have to make a decision to grow up as basketball players.”

FPD led after a low scoring first quarter at 5-4 and 19-14 at halftime.

“I had a feeling it was going to be a sluggish game for both teams coming into a back-to-back situation,” Walton said. “And it was. Thankfully we weathered some storms for the win.”

The Vikings were outscored 12-10 in the third quarter and led just 29-26 heading into the fourth frame. FPD would stave off a late Brookstone comeback in the fourth quarter, holding a 14-13 advantage in the fourth quarter for the victory.

“We have to learn to play better with a lead, especially late in the game,” Walton said. “We’ve been in close situations late, but we had this one wrapped up late in the fourth quarter and almost gave it away. That won’t get it done the further we advance in region play.”

The Vikings were paced in scoring by the eight points of Reggie Gantt and Champ Dawson while the Cougars were led by the 14 points of Trey Lingo.

FPD capitalized from the charity stripe throughout the contest, hitting 15-of-20 attempts from the free throw line.

“We just have to keep getting better,” Walton said. “I want to see us grow up a little more and I know that’s hard because we still have a young basketball team.”

FPD will get that chance on Tuesday night, hosting the Tattnall Square Academy Trojans for a key Region 7-A contest.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 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 43, BROOKSTONE 39

BST 4-10-12-13 — 39
FPD 5-14-10-14 — 43

Brookstone: Trey Lingo 14, Jamie Sheek 7, Frank Waldrep 7, William Reaves 4, Sam Ndem 3, Asim Ahmed 2, Sutton Eggena 2.

FPD: Reggie Gantt 8, Champ Dawson 8, Armaun Smith 4, Jacob Oates 4, Henry Middlebrooks 4, Beck Muse 4, Wesley Wilson 4, Maurice Gordon 3, Caleb Kelly 2, Alex Giron 2.

3-pointers: Brookstone 2 (Ndem 1, Sheek 1).

Records: FPD 9-4, Brookstone 3-10.

Next: Tattnall Square at FPD, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday.