The Thomson Bulldogs were 2-1 in region basketball games last week.
On February 2, the Bulldogs defeated the Burke County Bears 65-52 at The Dog House. On Friday, Thomson hosted the Harlem Bulldogs at won 57-52. On Saturday night, the Dogs lost to the visiting Cross Creek Razorbacks 66-51.
Against region-leading Cross Creek, the Bulldogs down 4 at the half and at the end of the third period, had trouble late in the game.
“I thought we played an excellent game for three quarters,” said THS head coach Michael Thomas. “We made two or three mistakes at the beginning for the fourth quarter and it went from them leading by 4 points to them leading by double digits.”
Ja’Quarion Brooks had 14 points to lead Thomson. Jalen Moss was next with 13 points, and Lavonta Ivery followed with 11 points.
Against Harlem, Thomson was down at half, 26-20.
“We had the benefit of a big third period,” said Thomas. “We outscored Harlem by 12 points in that quarter and took a 6-point lead into the final period and we were able to keep the lead.”
Jahkiaus Jones was the leading scorer for Thomson with 14 points, followed by Ivery with 13 points. In the win over the Bears, Thomson had a 36-24 lead going at the half.
“I think we relaxed and thought the game was over and Burke County made a charge at us and tied the game late,” said Thomas.
Moss hit a 3-pointer from the corner to put THS up by 3. The Bears made two foul shots to trail by one with a few seconds left. THS’ Lilvasco Winfrey was fouled and made two free throws with 1.8 seconds left to ice the win.
The leading scorer for THS was Moss with 14 points, and Brooks was next with 10 points.
On Tuesday, Thomson, 10-4 overall, and 6-2 in the region, was tied with Hephzibah for second place in the region THS travels to Burke County Thursday, Feb. 11 for a 6 p.m. game.
On Friday night, Thomson hosts Hephzibah at 7:30 p.m., and Harlem visits Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. Region playoffs begin February 15.
Due to extenuating circumstances (from the high transmission indicators provided by the Georgia Department of Public Health) related to Covid-19, all THS athletic contests at the school will be limited to parents/guardians only.