First Presbyterian bounced back from a 10-point loss to Faith Baptist by dominating Savannah’s Bible Baptist 121-64 on Saturday afternoon at the St. James Sports Center.
Jordan Johnson sank five 3-pointers on his way to a 35-point performance. D’Angelo Stretcher hit two 3-pointers and Jarquez Smith hit one as well, helping the Highlanders maintain a large lead throughout the game. First Presbyterian had five players score in double-digits.
The Braves’ Jerel Richards led Bible Baptist with 37 points, but Saturday’s game was never in doubt as FPCA led 45-17 by the end of the first quarter.
Highlander coach David Jones said he was concerned, at first about how his team would bounce back after the loss to Faith Baptist. But with Johnson posting 21 of his 35 points in the first quarter and Felder sinking 16 of his 30 in the same quarter, Jones knew the Highlanders were ready to play.
“The coach (Matt Graves of Bible Baptist) said, ‘You all just came out on fire,’ which is true,” Jones said. “Jordan and DJ must have shot around 80 percent between the two of them. Everybody came out playing well. We’re still not guarding anybody but we can score.”
Jones said the Braves have a good team and Richards is a fine player.
“He is the real McCoy,” Jones said. “We tried to chase him earlier in the game and tried to aggravate him a little bit and make him work a little harder and that is what he did. He worked harder and still had a decent game. Mike Tighe did well covering him and that is something we have to use in the future. Mike is quick and did well in that assignment.”
Highlander fans cheered their team and gave some added attention to newcomer Martin Causer who got some minutes on the floor and his first points in the book.
Causer, a standout Highlander soccer player, joined the team despite not having played much basketball, the coach said.
“And that takes courage and you have to give him credit for that,” Jones said. “All the players like him and he seems to fit in well with our kids. They were trying to get him on the books so when I put Jordan back in I said, ‘Jordan see if you can set him up and get him in the books,’ and he was able to get one in. He takes everything in stride and is good-natured. He is a good kid to have on the team because he does the very best he can.”
The Highlanders are 16-3. They played Bethesda on Tuesday and will travel to Curtis on Friday.
Bible Baptist 64
FPCA top scorers: Jordan Johnson 35, DJ Felder 30, Jarquez Smith 27, D’Angelo Stretcher 15, Michael Tighe 12, Martin Causer 2
Bible Baptist top scorers: Jerel Richards 37, Keynnard Campbell 9, Marcus Brown 8, Elijah Johnson 6, Aaron Stiney 2, Jonathan Neisler 2