Dogs go 1-3 as they prepare for region play
By Jim Wallace

The McDuffie Progress/Correspondent Jim Wallace Thomson’s Aubrey Ivery reaches for a rebound.
The Thomson Bulldogs went 1-2 in the Third Annual Savannah River Shootout Christmas Classic. Following the tournament, the Dogs lost to Laney.
The games gave THS a look at their progress as they head into region play Friday night.
On Dec. 21, Thomson lost 59-55 to the Silver Bluff Bulldogs. The next night, the Dogs came away with a 85-77 win against the Trojans of Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High School in Neeses, South Carolina.
On Dec. 22, THS fell 67-54 to the South Aiken, South Carolina. Thoroughbreds.
In the Silver Bluff game, the game was tied at 43 going into the final period.
“We just made inexperienced mistakes down the stretch that costs us,” said Michael Thomas, Thomson head coach.
Zander Hamilton led THS with 21 points. Aubrey Ivery scored 14, and Zavian Smith added 10.
Thomson started out slow against the Trojans, but came out in the third quarter, outscoring the opponents 25-18 to fuel the win.
“We got a monster game out of our two post players, Zander Hamilton and Zavian Smith,” said Thomas.
Hamilton hit 28 points, while Smith scored 24. Aubrey Ivery scored 21.
Against South Aiken, the Thoroughbreds had strong first and third periods to key the win.
Thomas said the Bulldogs went to Frederick Parker, the Dogs’ two guard, after Xzavian Smith got injured in game two.
Thomas said this week; the Dogs will work to iron out wrinkles.
“We’ve had a good pre-region schedule, winning some tight games and two overtime games,” Thomas said.
“We have been battle tested, so we just go into the region.”
The Bulldogs, 7-6 overall, visit Baldwin County, region leader, at 8:30 p.m. Friday.
“They are the defending region champions and ranked pretty high,” said Thomas, of the Braves, ranked 6th in the state in Class AAAA by MaxPreps, which has THS at No. 20.
“They’ve had some transfers in to add to players back from last year. They seem to be very formidable.”
With the guard injury issues, Thomas said Jackson had close to four weeks to go on injury rehab. He added that Xzavian Smith will be back at full strength and that Parker has picked up valuable experience.
On Saturday night, Hephzibah visits the Dog House at 6:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Jan. 9, Cross comes to Thomson at 7:30 p.m.
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