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First Presbyterian downs defending champs
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First Presbyterian Christian Academy Highlanders stand their ground Tuesday against Robert Tooms Christian Academy in regional play at East Georgia College. - photo by Photo by Evelyn Alston
FPCA played in Swainsboro, on Tuesday night at East Georgia College against the defending State Champions of 2006 Robert Toombs Christian Academy.
This was the third meeting that FPCA and RTCA have had this season. In the first game of the   regular season the Highlanders came out victorious but RTCA walked away with the win in their second meeting.
In their first region game, the Highlanders walked into East Georgia College with a determination to make history for their school.   The players were ready for the competition to begin and within a couple of minutes into the first period FPCA had an impressive lead against the defending champs RTCA 11-2.
By the end of the second period RTCA had worked themselves back into the game with a 36-26 lead.
“Our players went into half time and decided that they deserved this game more than the other team,” coach Darrell West said.
West and assistant coach Davie Linderman made their speeches  adjustments to counter act RTCA.
Point guard Terrence “T.A.” Alston II said, “We are not going to lose this game, it is ours,” to his teammates.
Freshmen Michael Brown scored 23 points, which led the Highlanders. Eighteen of his points came from outside of the 3-point line.
The team made their presence known in the second half with Joey Bell scoring 20 points, Alston scoring 13 points, Josh Rodgers scoring 6 points and pulling down numerous rebounds, and Hakeem Golden scoring 2 points with numerous rebounds. Another player who stepped up to help when Golden fouled out was Jose Martinez who held his ground with defense and rebounding.
The Highlanders advanced to play on Thursday against Bethesda at East Georgia College in Swainsboro. The results of that game were not available by the Courier’s press time.
“At the beginning of the season our varsity team was at a building point,” said Headmaster Reggie Burgess, “Now FPCA will be known as the young team that walked into a big house and made themselves a home. We will be the team to beat.”  
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