D.J. Felder’s game high 37 points led First Presbyterian Christian Academy to a 72-48 win Saturday over visiting Curtis Baptist School. The win improved the Highlanders to 25-3 overall and 6-0 in Region 1-IA.
And this one wasn’t close.
FPCA grabbed control of the game early, showing the depth of its offense. By halftime, the Highlanders were up 45-22 as Felder and Jurquez Smith combined for 21 points in the second quarter.
The Highlanders guards used the second quarter to get more ball movement. Smith and Felder combined for 21 points.
FPCA lost Smith in the third quarter when he landed on his elbow. Smith spent the rest of the game on the bench icing his elbow.
That wasn’t the only concern for FPCA coach David Jones. Despite the wide margin of victory, he saw things the Highlanders need to fix.
"We had some haphazard play on the boards and it definitely showed. For us to be successful on offense the ball has to go through Jordan Johnson, D.J. Felder, and Jurquez Smith every time down the court and we didn’t always do that today," Jones said.
Smith finished with 16 points. Michael Tige and Dominique Kirkley contributed with six points each.
FPCA hosted to Robert Toombs Academy for the last region home game of the year Tuesday night at St. James Sport Center.
"Robert Toombs is well coached and the kids play hard. They lost their big man in December so I don’t know how that will affect them. We just need to get more focused as a team to get ready for the region tournament and to have a shot at getting back into the state tournament," Jones said.
Curtis Baptist 48
FPCA- D.J. Felder 37, Jurquez Smith 16, Michael Tige 6, Dominique Kirkley 6, Jordan Johnson 5, Michael Burnett 2