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Vikings Blast ELCA Chargers 67-49 on Senior Night

MACON, Ga. – Winning is always fun.

But winning on a special occasion? That’s even better.

The Vikings (6-14) did just that on Friday night, Feb. 6, knocking off the Eagles Landing Christian Chargers (10-13) 67-49 on Senior Night at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center.

“I’m really proud of our guys,” FPD head coach Michael Walton said. “It’s been a tough year and we’ve learned a lot along the way.”

“Getting a win on Senior Night is always great.”

Freshman Maurice Gordon poured in a game-high 20 points in the win for the Vikings, who snapped a three-game losing streak and avenged last week’s 67-51 loss at ELCA.

“Mo was big for us tonight,” Walton said. “He’s been playing a lot bigger and more physical for us lately. We need more of that the better we get.”

Junior Jacob Oates nailed three 3-pointers for the Vikings while senior Jam Morris finished his final home game with seven points. FPD finished with a 7-3 advantage from 3-point range.

FPD jumped out to a slim 18-16 lead at the end of the first quarter. But a stifling defensive effort in the second quarter propelled FPD to a 34-22 halftime lead.

“I thought we played one of the best games of the year,” Walton said. “It was by far our best effort energy-wise I thought. We set the tone throughout much of the game.”

The Vikings did that and some. Eleven different players recorded a point for FPD.

The Chargers were led in scoring by Antwaun Campbell’s 16 points. Teammate Kenney McCullough-Lomax notched 10 points in the losing effort.

The Vikings will now close out the 2014-15 season at GMC Prep on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 7.

“I hope our guys can carry the momentum from this win into our last game,” Walton said. “It would be nice to end our season on a high note and get ready for some great offseason work from our guys.”

Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in Milledgeville.

The Bulldogs defeated the Vikings 52-39 on Dec. 12.

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.

BOX SCORE:

FPD 67, ELCA 49

ELCA 14-8-16-11 — 49
FPD 16-18-18-15 — 67

ELCA: Antwaun Campbell 16, Kenney McCullough-Lomax 10, Joshua Abrahams 4, Jacob Grant 4, Daishaun McMullen 4, Alex Usry 2, Nick Listen 1.

FPD: Maurice Gordon 20, Jacob Oates 9, Jam Morris 7, Champ Dawson 6, C.J. Harris 6, Henry Middlebrooks 5, Alex Giron 5, Luke Ford 4, Titus Moore 2, Torrian McSwain 2, Muse 1.

3-pointers: FPD 7 (Oates 3, Harris 2, Middlebrooks 1, Giron 1); ELCA 2 (McCullough-Lomax 2).

Records: FPD 6-14.

Next: FPD at GMC Prep, 5:30 p.m., Saturday.