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POSTED: February 8, 2013 10:37 a.m.
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Herbert Roberts hit 24 points in the win against Memorial Day.

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First Presbyterian Christian Academy’s basketball teams swept Memorial Day in Georgia Independent School Association Region 2-AA battles on senior night Tuesday at a packed St. James Sports Center.
The Lady ’Landers won, 31-28, in closely contested match, and the Highlander boys gave the Matadors their first region loss of the year, 51-44.
The Lady ’Landers held a two-point lead at the close of the first quarter and a 15-10 lead at halftime.
With Asyria Daniels still out battling an ankle injury, Brooke Standard led the team with 13 points. Standard and new point guard Tierra Murray drew praise from coach Rosby Frasier.
““We take two steps forward, and then two steps back,” Frasier said about gaining Murray but losing Daniels. “But as you can see by tonight’s game, Brooke Standard has stepped up into the leadership role. The girls are also playing better together now, and Murray and Erica Brown are shooting the ball well.”
Brown, a sophomore, entered the game off the bench and hit back-to-back shots when the Matadors were chipping away at FPCA’s lead.
Memorial Day got into foul trouble in the fourth quarter. Due to illness and injury, the Lady Matadors had only five players and, at the start of the fourth quarter, they had to sit a player due to fouls. With three minutes left in the game the Matadors were down to two eligible players. The Lady ’Landers used the advantage to hold the ball, eat the clock and earn the win.
The FPCA girls are 3-7 overall and 2-5 in the region and tied with Edmund Burke and Memorial Day for second place. Frederica Academy is on top of the region at 5-3, according to GISAstats.com.
In the boys’ game, the pace was furious as the teams swapped baskets. The game was tied at 13 in the first quarter but the Highlanders pulled away before halftime.
The Matadors came out shooting in the third quarter and cut the deficit to one point as the fourth quarter began.
However, FPCA shot 4-for-5 from the line — all coming from technical fouls — in the fourth quarter, part of the team’s 19-for-22 showing at the charity line to keep its edge.
“It was like a role reversal,” Highlander coach Ernie Walthour said. “The way (the Matadors) beat us in Savannah was at the line, and the way we beat them at our place was at the line. It will be an interesting region matchup if we meet them for the final in the region.”
FPCA’s Herbert Roberts was 12-of-13 from the line and hit two 3-pointers en route to 24 points. D’Angelo Streeter added 13 points.
Memorial Day sits at 16-3 overall with an 8-1 region mark. FPCA is 12-5 overall and 7-2 in the region for second place, while Frederica and Brentwood are tied in the region in third at 5-4. While the Matadors still hold the top spot in the region, Walthour said the victory showed that his team has what it takes to beat a high-caliber team as it preps for the playoffs.
“Both teams were geared up for the game … both settled down and started executing,” Walthour said. “Overall, it was a battle between two very good teams, and we look forward to seeing them in the region championship game.”
FPCA is at Trinity Christian tonight with games starting at 6.

Girls
FPCA 8|7|6|10 – 31
Brooke Standard 13
M. Day 6|4|8|10 – 28

Boys
FPCA 13|19|7|12 – 51
Herbert Roberts 24, D’Angelo Streeter 13
M. Day 13|14|11|6 – 44


 

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