Furtah Prep on cusp of reaching GISA championship
by Emily Horos
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March 05, 2014 04:02 AM | 1180 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Furtah Prep boys basketball team won a pair of games over the weekend to advance to the semifinals of the Georgia Independent School Association Class AA state tournament.

The Falcons will play Monsignor Donovan of Athens at 5:30 p.m. today in Macon, at Mercer University. The winner of that game would advance to Saturday’s state championship.

Furtah Prep coach Eugene Fries is hopeful that the wins will give the Falcons some confidence entering today’s semifinal.

Furtah won its first-round game against Southwest Georgia Academy, 64-25.

Nils Dejworek led the Falcons with 12 points, eight rebounds and four blocks. Sam Wilson, Milos Sikimic and Cason Wagner each added 11 points, and Amir Savin finished with 10 points and a team-high 12 rebounds. Wilson also had eight assists in the game.

Paul Bokeloh led the Falcons with five steals.

Fries called the game a balanced effort.

“We came out and really defended well,” he said. “(It) was a good start to the state tournament. Any time you can have five guys (score) in double figures usually is a good offensive night.”

In the second round, Furtah defeated Trinity Christian 69-44.

Savon led the Falcons with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. He also blocked five shots.

Also with a double-double was Dejworek, who finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds, to go with four blocks. Wilson added 15 points and Sikimic finished with 12.

Fries knew Trinity was a solid team with two or three strong offensive players.

“This was the most focused I’ve seen the guys in a while,” Fries said. “I was very proud of our defensive effort (Saturday night). We really did a great job on the boards and contested every shot.”

Fries praised the play of the 6-foot-7 Savin and 6-foot-9 Dejworek, saying they dominated both ends of the court with their height advantage.
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