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The FPCA basketball team has been busy racking up wins in their region. The reigning GISA champions grabbed two wins last week against region opponents Memorial Day School and Robert Toombs Christian Academy.

Currently, the Highlanders are 12-3 for the season, and are keeping their eyes on another championship title.

Coach Shane Smith is focused on the home stretch. In the game against Memorial on Jan. 17, the Highlanders dominated the first half with a 21 point lead in the second quarter. After the half, Smith said the team relaxed too much, but held on to win the game with a 10-point lead.

Friday, during the game against RTCA, the Highlanders did not let up. They had a 48 point lead by halftime and kept up the pressure in the second half. The final score was 89-39.

"The game against RTCA was excellent," Smith said. "I thought the first half of the game was a truly dominating performance on both offense and defense. We only gave up 8 points in the first half. Our defense was outstanding.

"RTCA is a pretty good team, but we just overwhelmed them and did not allow them an opportunity to get into the game."

Smith said some of his players have improved in the last several weeks.

"On Friday, John Killough had a great game on the boards," the coach said. "He has been protecting us under the rim like we need him to."

Killough had 14 rebounds and blocked 5 shots.

"George Mitchell and Khalyn Weekley played well on both ends of the floor," Smith said. "And Simon Steele has been outstanding defensively. His offensive game is now coming to the forefront and he is gaining confidence."

Steele nailed his three-point shots last week, contributing 20 points against Memorial and 19 against RTCA.

Smith said he has been hoping for this type of play since the season began.

"I am hoping we are starting to gel as team now down the homestretch," he said.

This week, FPCA is preparing for the annual homecoming game Friday against Citizens Christian Academy. The homecoming court and the king and queen will be announced.

The Highlanders are also readying for a trip to Atlanta on Monday to be recognized by Governor Nathan Deal for winning the State Championship last year.

Smith said he is excited.

"Meeting and being recognized by Governor Deal will be something my team always remembers," the coach said. "This is a huge honor for us. I would like to thank Rep. Al Williams for arranging this meeting and recognizing our team and their achievements."

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