The Augusta Eagles came up short in the second of back to back games during their road trip to South Georgia (January 20-21), falling 61-58 to perennial GISA power First Presbyterian Christian Academy. The loss, Augusta's third straight during a string of grueling games versus the southeast's best independent, Christian, and club teams, leaves the Eagles' record at 15-6.
The Highlanders jumped out to a 9-0 advantage as freshman guard Herbert Roberts scored from all over the court early. But the Eagles defense adjusted, and Augusta's Austin Crown and Matt Miller combined to score 22 first half points. The Highlanders took a 28-27 lead into the break.
The teams took turns making scoring runs during the second half. First the Highlanders scored 6 unanswered points to take a 34-27 lead at the 5:18 mark in the third quarter. But Crown and Miller combined for 15 points during a 17-2 Eagles run that secured a late third quarter 44-36 Augusta lead.
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First Presbyterian came roaring back behind a barrage of jump shots by Chris Guilfo and Domonique Kirkley. The teams traded baskets before a three point play by Roberts put the Highlanders ahead for good.
Roberts (15), Guilfo (14), Josiah Alleyne (13), and Kirkley (11) all scored in double figures for First Presbyterian. Crown (25) and Miller (24) led the Eagles in the loss.
The Eagles next visit Curtis Baptist Tuesday, January 24, at 7PM.