First Presbyterian Christian Academy’s boys basketball team is 3-0 in the Georgia Independent School Association’s Class 2-AA region after defeating Edmund Burke Academy, 85-46, in Waynesboro Friday night.
Miguel Pineda paced the Highlanders with 27 points. Wallace Smith chipped in 16, Ahman Muhammed added 14, Domonique Kirkley sank 10 points, Frederick Heaggans scored 9, Michael Burnett dropped in 7, and Tyler Causer came off the bench to add 2.
Burnett and Pineda are recent transfers to FPCA but both have a history of playing with most of the Highlanders during the off season as members of the Coastal Crew Rebels. FPCA boys’ coach Shane Smith said it helped that the boys knew each other’s playing styles, and the chemistry between the players is getting better each game.
“We have two more games before we play Memorial Day, so I’m hoping we are clicking on all cylinders by then,” he said. “We are looking really good, though. I thought we played a really complete game last night. We cut down on our turnovers.”
Memorial Day is likely a contender — along with Frederica Academy — for the region and state title games, but Smith said they still focus on one opponent at a time and up next is Coastal Home School (8-9, 2-1). The FPCA teams will host the Pembroke squads Thursday at St. James. On Friday, FPCA hosts Trinity Christian (7-6, 1-0). On Jan. 28, there is a big matchup against Memorial Day in Savannah (5-1).
In Ludowici, Long County High School’s homecoming Friday night was a bit tarnished when the Vidalia teams toppled the Blue Tide girls and boys basketball squads. The Lady Tide fell 67-28 to Vidalia and the boys lost 103-50.
Despite the losses, excitement surrounded the girls’ game as Lady Indians coach Chunk Reid hit a milestone, earning his 800th win of his high school coaching career.
The Lady Tide fell to 4-15 overall and 2-5 in Region 2B-AA, while the (MaxPreps.com) No. 14-ranked Lady Indians improved their overall record to 13-5 and 8-0 in the region.
The Blue Tide boys fell to 4-14 overall and 2-5 in the region, while the Vidalia team remained undefeated at 18-0 overall and 5-0 in the region. On Tuesday, the Blue Tide and the Lady Tide are at home taking on Benedictine Military School (8-3 and 3-1) and St. Vincent’s Academy (6-8 and 3-3). The girls’ game begins at 6 p.m., and the boys’ game will follow.