The First Presbyterian Christian Academy boys’ basketball team had a breakthrough game against Memorial Day on Saturday, taking a 43-31 win in the Georgia Independent School Association Region 2-AA championship game at Trinity Christian Academy.
Highlander boys’ basketball coach Ernie Walthour said it took some time for his team to settle down into the pace of the game as the Matadors opened up an 8-0 lead.
“But we were able to fight back and take control of that game right before half time,” Walthour said. “We held them and won the region championship.”
Walthour said point guard Domonique Kirkley had another great showing by delivering the ball to the right players and helping the team earn the lead. Walthour also praised the complete team effort that kept FPCA from falling behind and for playing a complete game into the fourth quarter.
The FPCA boys head to the first round of the state playoffs at 7 p.m. Thursday at Flint River Academy in Woodbury. Walthour said if the Highlanders advance to round two, they could very well see Memorial Day or even Frederica Academy as they chase the state title.
Walthour also was chosen as the Region 2-AA coach of the year.
“I was honored to receive that,” he said. “It was real rewarding, and I didn’t know I was going to get it but I was glad to receive it and appreciate it very much.”
Several FPCA boys’ and girls’ players were chosen for the Region 2-A All-Region team. Herbert Roberts, Chris Guilfo and D’Angelo Streeter were selected for the boys’ team, and Lady ‘Landers Asyria Daniels and Brooke Standard were picked for the girls’ team.
In other area basketball news, the Bradwell Lady Tigers eked out a 53-52 win over Ware County on Saturday in Effingham to earn a third-place finish in the Region 3-AAAAA tournament. The Lady Tigers were scheduled to play their first-round game of the state playoffs last night against Evans County. Results were not available by press time.
The Liberty County High School boys’ team finished fourth in the 3-AAAA tournament and will play the first round of the state tourney at 6 tonight at Rutland.