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Highlanders unstoppable
FPCA picks up 42nd straight win, eyes state title
Hakeem Golden, No. 24, watches as teammate D.J. Felder, No. 23, tries to block a shot during a game earlier this season. FPCA recently defeated South Carolina’s Orangeburg Christian Academy, 66-40, for win No. 42. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon

Opponents are finding it hard to stop the First Presbyterian Christian Academy Highlanders, who took win No. 42 on Monday night in Orangeburg, S.C. They defeated Orangeburg Christian Academy 66-40 in game one of a three-day tournament.

"It’s coming along quite well," Highlander coach David Jones said of his team, specifically their offense. "We are much more disciplined now than we were earlier in the year."

The coach said his 12-0 squad is still working on the man-motion offense, but they play well against the zone, seeing the defensive scheme in almost every game they’ve played. With Orangeburg Prep scheduled for Tuesday night and Lancaster on FPCA’s agenda today, the coach said the team is still on target for a third state run.

"I think everything is coming together quite well and I think we’ll be peaking at the right time," Jones said. "We are playing with a high intensity level and we are rebounding quite well. We are pleased at this point."

The coach said tonight’s game against Lancaster High will be interesting.

"They start pressing you before you even get off the bus," he joked. "They are quick and athletic. They have a lot of depth and they press and run, and for anybody to beat them, they have to do a good job of handling the ball. Of course, we have good ball handlers. This team takes five out and puts five in, like the older teams from Savannah. They run five on the floor and five off and just keep going at you, constant pressure all game long and strictly defense."

After the Orangeburg Tournament, the boys are scheduled for a re-match Jan. 8 against Faith Baptist in Ludowici. Then they’ll hit the Georgia Independent School Association Region 2-A games for a chance to three-peat for a state title.

"We think we are still on track for it," Jones said. "Our kids are staying focused and they are working together as a team, and they believe and trust in each other."

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