The First Presbyterian Christian Academy boys’ basketball team is on track to attain its goals of winning the region title and making a state run this year.
The Highlander boys are 13-2 overall and undefeated at 7-0 in the Georgia Independent School Association Region 2-AA classification.
Just last week, the boys added four straight victories, three of which were region games.
Recently, they beat four teams — Memorial Day, 53-39, on Jan. 23; Bethesda, 88-83, on Jan. 24; David Emanuel Academy, 72-40, on Tuesday; and Twiggs, 65-43, on Friday.
Against the Matadors, Highlander Frederick Heaggans knocked in 12 points to lead the boys. Richard Smith contributed 11 points to the win. Desnear Carnes, Michael Burnett and John Killough each chipped in 10 points in the game.
Against Bethesda, Heaggans ramped up his game, knocking in 25 points, and Burnett added 22. Carnes sank 19, Smith 12 and Killough contributed 10 points.
The Blazers managed to stay in the game due partly to Avery Joyner. The Bethesda shooting guard had a game-high 34 points.
Highlander coach Shane Smith said his team did a much better job at the line. The first time the FPCA boys played Bethesda, they were 10-of-28. This time, the Highlanders were 24-of-27 at the line.
At David Emanuel, the wide point spread gave Smith a chance to utilize his reserves along with a few starting veterans. Burnett paced the team and knocked in 17 points, including three trey shots.
Friday, the boys dropped Twiggs Academy, 65-43, with Carnes led in scoring with 20 points in the region game.
But Smith said they played an awful first half at Twiggs and were down by five points. They bounced back with a hard-fought fourth-quarter rally, sinking in 25 points to pull away for the win.
They play Tuesday at Robert Toombs Christian Academy in Lyons.