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Boys Basketball Falls to Athens Christian 58-55 in Sweet 16 to End Season

ATHENS, Ga. – The no. 10 seeded FPD varsity boys basketball team (16-8) saw its season come to an end on Thursday night, Feb. 23, falling to the no. 7 seeded Athens Christian School Eagles (22-6) 58-55 in the GHSA Class-A Private State Tournament (Sweet 16) at Eagle Gymnasium.

The Eagles advance to the Elite Eight to take on Lakeview next week, who defeated Wesleyan on Thursday night.

A back-and-forth contest in the first half, FPD led 13-12 at the end of the first quarter but the Eagles finished the second period on a 15-10 run to lead 27-23 at halftime.

The Eagles came out firing on all cylinders in the third quarter, holding the Vikings to eight points will posting 22. Athens Christian led 49-31 heading into the final period.

But the Vikings cam roaring back. FPD outscored the Eagles 24-9 in the final period and cut the lead to two at 53-51 late in the contest.

But a missed layup and three empty offensive possessions down the stretch allowed the Eagles to escape with the victory.

Three players posted double figures for Athens Christian. Cody Boyd and Richard Jibunor netted a dozen points each while Kohl Phillips dropped in 11.

The Vikings were led by the 14 points of Henry Middlebrooks. Wesley Wilson and C.J. Harris tallied 11 points while Armaun Smith finished with 10.

The Vikings struggled from the free throw line, finishing at 11-of-23 for the contest.

Athens Christian drained five 3-pointers while FPD finished had three makes from downtown.

FPD graduates one senior from the 2016-17 roster in Caleb Kelly.

The Vikings increased their win total by two games this season and picked up their first GHSA Class-A Private State Tournament win in program history.

Check www.fpdvikings.com, @FPDVikingSports on Twitter and FPD Athletics on Facebook for updates in the off-season on the varsity boys basketball team.

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 visiting www.twitter.com/FPDVikingSports.

BOX SCORE:

ATHENS CHRISTIAN 58, FPD 55

FPD 13-10-8-24 — 55
ACS 12-15-22-9 — 58

FPD: Henry Middlebrooks 14, Wsley Wilson 11, C.J. Harris 11, Armaun Smith 10, Stephen Summerow 5, Maurice Gordon 4.

Athens Christian: Cody Boyd 12, Richard Jibunor 12, Kohl Phillips 11, Quincy Canty 7, Addison Brown 6, Jarrett Boyd 6, Tyler Johnson 3, Jalen Reid 1.

3-pointers: Athens Christian 5 (Phillips 3, J. Boyd 1, Johson 1); FPD 3 (Middlebrooks 2, Smith 1).

Records: Athens Christian 22-6, FPD 16-8.

Next: End of season for FPD.