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Boys Hoops Downed by Greenforest 78-40 in Opening Round of GHSA State Tournament

DECATUR, Ga. – The no. 16 seeded First Presbyterian Day School Vikings (14-11) saw its 2015-16 season come to a close on Saturday afternoon, falling 78-40 to the no. 1 seeded Greenforest Christian Eagles (28-2) in the first round of the GHSA Class-A Private State Tournament at the Cedar Grove Middle School Gymnasium.

The Eagles move on to the Elite Eight for the second straight season while FPD’s first trip to the tournament in the school’s GHSA era ends the year.

“It was a good year for our basketball team,” FPD head boys coach Michael Walton said. “We had some ups and downs along the way, but in the end I’m proud of our guys.”

Walton certainly should be.

The Vikings were participants in the Region and State Tournament for the first time in program history in the GHSA era and increased their win total by eight from a season ago.

“We’ll look back on this year as a positive step in the right direction,” Walton said.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t much positive the Vikings could take away from Saturday’s contest.

Up against the 20th ranked high school team in the nation, with two D-I signees and many others who are garnering interest from big collegiate programs, the Vikings struggled to get into any rhythm.

FPD trailed 22-16 after the first quarter but a 20-9 run by the Eagles in the second quarter created plenty of separation for a 42-25 Greenforest advantage.

In the second half, the Eagles outscored the Vikings 24-7 for a 66-32 lead and in the final eight minutes went 12-8 run to close out the game.

“Greenforest is just a really, really good basketball team,” Walton said. “They know how to play together, they don’t make a lot of mistakes. And they are really big. They play physical and have a height advantage on a lot of teams. Hats off to Coach Thompson and his guys.”

The Eagles were led by four players in double figures.

Just Forest knocked in a game-high 25 points, including six made 3-pointers while John Ogwuche finished wit 17. Ikey Obiagu and Precious Ayah finished with 12 and 11, respectively.

The Vikings were paced by the nine points of Armaun Smith. Titus Moore also chipped in with eight.

The game also marks the end of the basketball careers for five members of the Class of 2016: Reggie Gantt, Jacob Oates, Beck Muse, Alex Giron and Dontrez Johnson.

The FPD Athletic Department sincerely thanks the Class of 2016 for their hard work and dedication to the basketball program throughout your years at FPD. We wish you God’s richest blessings in your lives!

Check www.fpdvikings.com for updates on the varsity boys basketball team in the off-season.

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:

GREENFOREST 78, FPD 40

FPD 16-9-7-8 — 40
Greenforest 22-20-24-12 — 78

FPD: Armaun Smith 9, Titus Moore 8, Reggie Gantt 7, Champ Dawson 6, Wesley Wilson 4, Henry Middlebrooks 4, Maurice Gordon 2.

Greenforest: Forrest 25, Ogwuche 17, Obiagu 12, Ayah 11, Evans 3, Duggan 3, Abdusalem 3, Iyiola 2, Hardison 2.

3-pointers: Greenforest 10 (Forrest 6, Ogwuche 3, Duggan 1); FPD 5 (Dawson 2, Smith 1, Gantt 1, Moore 1).

Records: FPD 14-11; Greenforest 27-2.

Next: End of season for FPD.