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Vikings Drop to Aquinas Fighting Irish in Region 7 Tournament Semifinals

MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity boys basketball team (14-7) fell to the Aquinas Fighting Irish (23-2) 51-46 on Friday night, Feb. 10, in the Region 7, 1A Tournament Semifinals at The Grady Smith Gymnasium at Stratford Academy.

The Vikings, the no. 2 seed from the western division of Region 7, will play in the consolation game on Saturday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. against the loser of the Wilkinson County and Tattnall Square game to determine third and fourth place.

Aquinas, the no. 1 seed from the eastern division, advances to the championship game against the winner of Wilkinson County and Tattnall Square.

The Vikings and Fighting Irish were tied 11-11 at the end of the first period. But Aquinas outscored FPD 13-12 in the second quarter to take a slim 24-23 lead into halftime.

The third quarter saw the Fighting Irish outscore the Vikings 16-13 to lead 40-36 heading into the final period.

FPD’s offense came to life late in the fourth period, but Aquinas answered, holding on for an 11-10 final period to take the win.

Henry Middlebrooks and Armaun Smith each netted 12 points in the loss. Middlebrooks hit three 3-pointers.

Maurice Gordon was also in double-figures for the Vikings with 10 points.

Aquinas was paced by the game-high 19 points of Tre Gomillion, who scored in every quarter action. Trent Bowdre finished with nine points in the win for the Fighting Irish as well.

Check www.fpdvikings.com, @FPDVikingSports on Twitter and FPD Athletics on Facebook for further developments leading into Saturday’s 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 visiting www.twitter.com/FPDVikingSports.

BOX SCORE:

AQUINAS 51, FPD 46

FPD 11-12-13-10 — 46
AQ 11-13-16-11 — 51

FPD: Henry Middlebrooks 12, Armaun Smith 12, Maurice Gordon 10, Titus Moore 3, Caleb Kelly 2, Wesley Wilson 2, C.J. Harris 1.

Aquinas: Tre Gomillion 19, Trent Bowdre 9, Dajuan Hill 7, Gerald Merriweather 5, Cameron Gardner 4, Jelani Shakir 4, George Welch 3.

3-pointers: FPD 3 (Middlebrooks 3); Aquinas 3 (Bowdre 2, Merriweather 1).

Records: Aquinas 24-1; FPD 14-7.

Next: FPD v. Tattnall Square/Wilkinson County, 5:30 p.m., Saturday (at Stratford); Aquinas v. Tattnall Square/Wilkinson County, 8:30 p.m., Saturday (at Stratford).