Vikings End Two-Game Slide with Convincing 71-58 Region 7-A Victory at Twiggs County

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ga. – The FPD varsity boys basketball team (11-6, 4-2 Reg. 7-A) knocked off the Twiggs County Cobras (7-12, 0-6 Reg. 7-A) 71-58 on Tuesday night to end a two-game losing streak. The win gives FPD the season series sweep over Twiggs and pushes the overall series to 5-3 in favor of the Vikings.

“I thought we came out and shot the ball really well early on,” FPD head boys coach Michael Walton said. “They weren’t playing great defense and we were able to execute and find the open person to put the ball in the hoop for us.”

The Vikings started off the game scorching, doubling up the Cobras 20-10 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, FPD brought event more offensive power, winning the quarter 29-17 and leading 49-27 at halftime.

“I couldn’t believe we had put up that many points in one half,” Walton said. “I told our guys at halftime to keep playing hard and to keep playing the way we did in the first half by sharing the ball and being unselfish in hopes to put off any run by Twiggs because they have some quick athletes that can turn the game around in a hurry.”

And that’s exactly what the Cobras did in the third quarter.

Twiggs County cut FPDs’s lead to nine at one point after winning the third quarter 22-10. At the end of 24 minutes of play, FPD led by 10 at 59-49.

“Twiggs is a team that never gives up,” Walton said. “Hats off to Coach (Xavier) Woods and his guys for not throwing in the towel.”

But the Vikings in the fourth quarter clamped down on defense and outdid the Cobras 12-9 for the victory.

“I’m really happy our guys got the win, especially after a tough weekend last weekend against Wilkinson County and Paideia,” Walton said. “But our youth was exposed again in the third quarter. We have to learn to play the full 32 minutes. It will come, I know that. But we just have to be aware of it moving forward.”

The Vikings were led by three players in double-figures. Maurice Gordon netted a team-high 19 points while Armaun Smith and Champ Dawson each pumped in a dozen points.

The Cobras were paced by the game-high 21 points of Zuri Brown. Dylan Loyd and Juwan Brown each chipped in with 10 points as well.

“This was a good win for us to get back on track and get some momentum back on our side with a big game coming up on Friday,” Walton said. “Hopefully we can prepare the right way mentally.”

That game Walton is referring to is on Friday, Jan. 22 against Region 7-A opponent and long-time rival Stratford Academy, who fell to Wilkinson County on Tuesday night 56-54.

The opening tip is scheduled for 8 p.m. at Coach Mac’s Court at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center on Friday night.

The Eagles defeated the Vikings 58-31 on Jan. 5 at Stratford’s Grady Smith Gymnasium.

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FPD 20-29-10-12 — 71
Twiggs 10-17-22-9 — 58

FPD: Maurice Gordon 19, Champ Dawson 12, Armaun Smith 12, Reggie Gantt 7, Jacob Oates 7, Caleb Kelly 4, Beck Muse 4, Henry Middlebroks 3, Wesley Wilson 3.

Twiggs: Zuri Brown 21, Juwan Brown 10, Dylan Loyd 10, Ramondez Stephens 6, Adrian Thomas 4, Kameron Dixon 3, Robert Cornelius 2, Tyler Little 2.

3-pointers: FPD 4 (Gantt 1, Gordon 1, Middlebrooks 1, Oates 1); Twiggs 3 (Loyd 2, Brown 1).

Records: FPD 11-6, 4-2 Reg. 7-A; Twiggs County 7-12, 0-6 Reg. 7-A.

Next: Stratford at FPD, 8 p.m., Friday.