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Lavonta “Bobo” Ivery drives past a defender and finishes with a soft layup.

The Thomson Bulldogs had their winning streak stopped when they lost two games last week. On Dec. 22, Thomson lost 72-66 to Hart County in the Cedar Shoals Christmas Shootout. The event was to be a 2-day tourney, but was shortened because of pandemic concerns. On Saturday night, Thomson lost 61-60 to Class A Warren County at the Dog House. “We started slow against Hart,” said Thomson head coach Michael Thomas. “We closed to within 3 points at halftime. They were a good team.” Lavonta Ivery scored 18 points to lead THS. Jaquan Hart was next with 10 points. In the game against Warren County, Thomas said the team was close. “We were on the line with a second to go and down by 2 points and we made the first free throw and missed the second that would have sent the game into overtime,” said Thomas, who added that Warren County hit two big 3-pointers in the final period that pulled them close to Thomson. Thomas said he knew Warren County would be tough after scouting them earlier in the season. “They have a good team, and of course we probably could have played better,” he said. Ivery led Thomson with 19 point, and J.C. Brooks added 12. Uriah Myrick, Warren County head coach, said that he was proud of the tenacity of his team. The coach said in the closing seconds, his team was up by two, 61-59, when Ivery drew a foul. “I knew he was a freshman and I had one timeout left, so I told Jalen Hart that if he made the first, I wanted a timeout,” said “There was 1.9 seconds left, and I felt that in the moment, he might miss the second shot. Thomson has tremendous kids, but I knew that was a lot for a freshman.” Myrick said that at every break in action, coaches told the players to keep pushing, and that at some point it clicked and the team got the victory. Lorenzo Johnson Jr led Warren County (4-1) with 16 points - 11 coming in the second half, and Ken'Vonte Brinkley scored 11 points. Thomas said that part of the reason for the losses; he felt, was getting the football players acclimated to basketball. “It’s a bullet we’re going to bite,” said Thomas. “We weren’t as smooth as we were, but we will need them down the road to have them ready in January.” Thomas said that the adjustment had mixed the chemistry a bit. Overall, he said, it will make the team better, but for a bit, the squad was out of synch. Thomson, 4-2 overall, has a few day off to prepare for Aiken High School, S.C., who they will play Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Jan. 5, Thomson will host Morgan County at 7:30 p.m. From now on, all Thomson High School basketball game tickets will be online only with no tickets sold at the door. Tickets are limited to two per person and only 300 are available for purchase. Tickets may be purchased at https://ths.mcduffie.k12.ga.us under the basketball ticket tab.

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