First Presbyterian Christian Academy’s boys basketball team has been on the road the past two weeks, stockpiling wins with a six-man team and a lot of skills.
They started their games in mid-November in Ludowici at the Faith Baptist Classic where they went 1-1 Nov. 11-13. They beat Potter’s House 95-80, but lost to Central Park 87-58.
On Nov 19, the Highlander boys went to LaGrange where they played and beat both Furtah Prep and LaGrange Academy.
Highlander head coach David Jones said Furtah has a good program, but his team was able to gain the advantage and stay ahead to win 83-42.
Against LaGrange Academy, the Highlanders won 58-45. Jones said LaGrange was intimidating, coming out of the locker room with 20 kids dressed to play against his six-man bench. He said LaGrange gave the Highlanders a run by switching up strategy throughout the game.
"They changed defenses several times on us but our kids responded well and we got through that game. We wavered a couple of times, particularly in the middle of the third quarter," Jones said.
But Jones said his team caught a break with 4.3 seconds left before intermission.
"They were closing on us," he said. "It was our ball and we inbounded it and one of their kids tried to block Jordan’s (Johnson) shot."
Instead, Johnson hit a 25-foot jumper and drew a foul.
"So that ended up being a four point swing right there and it was big," Jones said. "That gave us the momentum coming out of the locker room in the second half."
Jones said he was proud of his team’s winning ways on the road but still worries about games ahead with so few players on the squad.
"How lucky can you be that we played four games and nobody’s fouled out yet?" he said. "Again, you have to give a little credit to our kids who have played smart, but (lack of depth) puts us at a huge disadvantage defensively. I know what I would do against us, and other coaches know the same thing. They are going to try and get me in foul trouble at some point."
Jones said his team has not run the press they way he would prefer.
"My basic style is to press you from the time you get off the bus to the time you load it back up," Jones said. "That’s the style (of defense) I would like to be playing. We are having to change a lot of things and having to play a soft defense and that’s no secret to anybody. We are trying to control the boards to make up for that."
Tonight, the Highlanders will host Furtah Prep for their first home game of the season.
"They have a couple of kids who a really good wing shooters," the coach said about tonight’s opponent.
Jones said Furtah also is adept at scoring off offensive rebounds.
"They were all over the rim (in the first matchup between the two teams)," Jones said. "They could have ended up shooting a very high percentage but they didn’t. They have a kid who is about 6 feet, 4 inches and he is being recruited regionally."
Tip-off is at 6 p.m.