The First Presbyterian Christian Academy Highlanders improved to 4-1 on Friday with a 64-45 win over Furtah Prep. The game was played at FPCA before the school’s small fan base. And it was won by a team consisting of only seven players.The victory was the Highlanders second over Furtah this season. On Nov. 19, the Highlander boys were in LaGrange where they beat Furtah 83-42.
On Friday, the Falcons kept it close early and even managed two early leads.
"We were disorganized and I didn’t know what we were doing the first half other than we played too much individual ball," Highlander coach David Jones said. "I think the kids watch too many NBA games and we were playing NBA style, everybody doing their own thing. We had a little discussion about it at half time and the kids came back out and I appreciate them for getting back into the game plan."
At intermission, the Highlanders led 32-27, but it was the third quarter that gave the Kilt fans a glimpse of the Highlander squads they’ve been used to seeing.
D.J. Felder slammed the boards and, along with Jaquez Smith, gave the crowd a reason to roar after assisting two missed shots into the net, slam dunk style. Jordan Johnson found the rhythm from the arch hitting a critical 3-pointer in the third quarter.
Smith also hit a 3-pointer from the corner, and by the end of the third quarter the Highlanders had built a 12-point cushion. In the fourth, the Highlanders built and kept a 19-point lead.
Jones still has worries despite the solid start to the season. He can’t play aggressively as he wants on defense because there’s no depth. Highlander Mike Tige had already received three fouls in the first quarter and Felder had two.
"I have talent, I just don’t have it deep enough," Jones said.
First Presbyterian will be in Savannah on Tuesday night to face former region rival Bethesda.
"I’m fearful of how powerful they are going to be," Jones said about Bethesda. "The rumor is they are stronger than they were last year. Now they haven’t had many games yet because some of their players just came off the football field. But they’ll be ready and we know they have a good team. We are looking forward to it because it’s a good rivalry."
Tip-off is at 6:30 p.m.