Knights hand Eagles first loss

Published 1:49 pm Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Fort Dale Academy's Cam Norman fights for a loose ball during the Eagles' 51-28 loss to Macon-East Montgomery Academy Tuesday night. (Advocate Staff/Andy Brown)

Traweek Dickson scored 14 points and snagged 13 rebounds to help Macon-East Montgomery Academy score a 51-28 win over Fort Dale Academy Tuesday night.

The loss is the first of the season for the Eagles (4-1).

“It was by far our worse game of the year both offensively and rebounding,” Fort Dale head coach Reggie Mantooth said. “Hopefully we can learn from this game and continue to get better.”

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Fort Dale shot just 21.2 percent from the field (11-for-52), while being outrebounded 50-27.

The Knights’ full-court press also gave the Eagles fits at times, forcing 21 Fort Dale turnovers.

“(Because of their press) we turned it over early in the game, and they got a lot of baskets in transition where we didn’t get a chance to set our defense,” Mantooth said.

The combination for Fort Dale turnovers and easy transition baskets helped Macon-East build a 19-5 first-period lead. It was a hole Fort Dale was unable to battle its way out of. Still, Mantooth feels his team can build off the loss to the Knights (6-0).

“It was a tough loss, but I have confidence in our guys that they will work hard and continue to get better,” he said.

Tyler Milo led Fort Dale’s offensive charge with 12 points. Ryan Salter added 5 points and Chip Taylor hauled in 10 rebounds in the loss.

Macon-East’s Kyle White scored 14 points, while Jack Segrest chipped in 12 points, eight rebounds and six steals.

Fort Dale will be back in action Friday when it plays host to Lee-Scott Academy. Junior varsity action is set to begin at 4 p.m. with varsity action to follow.