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The Bulldogs’ Lavonta Ivery goes against a trio of defenders.

The Thomson Bulldogs went 2-1 in their last three games and headed for the region playoffs.

THS defeated the Burke County Bears 72-66, Feb. 11, won over the Hephzibah Rebels 74-85 Friday night, and found the going tough in a 54-53 loss to Harlem on Saturday night. The region tourney is a Cross Creek – the region champion.

The Dogs played Burke County Tuesday night and the winner advanced to Wednesday night’s game against Hephzibah. The final will be Friday night. Thomson head coach Michael Thomas said the first two wins last week were by good margins and that the contests went pretty much as expected.

In the win against the Rebels, Thomson singed the nets for 24 points on 8 treys. The Harlem loss was different with Thomas saying that the team being a bit winded from three games on three consecutive nights may have had some effect.

“There were other things we should have done as running better offense,” said Thomas. “As coach, I should have gotten them in a better offense against their zone. We had been successful in that offense, but on that night, we had problems.”

Lavonta Ivery led THS in scoring in each game. Against Burke, Ivery hit 20, with Jaheem Jones and Jahkaius Jones each hitting 11 points. In the Hephzibah game, Ivery scored 20 to lead the Dogs, with Jones hitting 14.

In the Harlem contest, Ivery again hit 20 points. In this mercurial, pandemic-affected season, Thomas said he felt the team was ready for the playoffs and a run at state.

The Dogs finished 3rd in Region 3-AAA at 11-5 overall and 7-3 in the region.

“We have done what we could to keep playing,” he said. “Aside from the letdown against Harlem, I think we are playing pretty good. Cross Creek is at the top of the heap and if the good Lord blesses us with wins, we will have a crack at them. The things we have to do is win the next game as it is win or go home.”

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