Thomson High School’s former basketball players now can claim bragging rights over their former rivals from Warren County High School. The former Bulldogs won the Once and For All Showdown this past Saturday night, 97-78, at the THS gym.
The event, which was a fundraiser to benefit the THS boys basketball program, appears to have been very successful and produced a full-house in attendance.
“I think the game went extremely well considering the rivalry that exists between Thomson and Warrenton, as well as considering the large crowd that we had,” said Michael Thomas, THS boys head basketball coach. “It was competitive and well played, and the fans conducted themselves with class.”
Thomas said pulling off such a successful event was only possible with the support of the many people who were involved.
“Certainly we want to thank our principal, Mr. (Trevor) Roberson, and Athletic Director Larry Dunn, the THS office staff, volunteer Mr. Anthony Tutt and a special thanks will go to Poppa’s Finest Barbecue for selling tickets and making a tremendous contribution and donation to the overall project. And, last but certainly not least, the THS alumni basketball players,” said Thomas.
The veteran Thomson coach said he will have to wait and see if it becomes an annual event and points out several other alumni players have issued similar challenges — including those from Richmond County.
“We’ll just have to see in the coming months if we’ll do this again next year,” Thomas added. “We would like to thank everyone that was involved in any way shape form or fashion, ticket takers, clock operators Tracy Smalley and Coach Green, DJ Fabian, concession stand workers, videographers and certainly event coordinator Mikaela Thomas.”
The former THS players returned to the court and excelled Saturday night.
Antrone Lee led the THS alumni scoring with 21 points and was followed by R.J. Johnson, 15 points: Malique Gibbons 13 points; Biquavious Sturgis, 12 points; and Vonteego Cummings, 9 points. The team was coached by Michael Thomas, Jr., who also is a THS graduate.
“We just thank the good Lord for blessing the event,” said Thomas. “We thank him that it was a success and that everything went well between both teams as well as provided a very good social event right here at the tail end of the summer.”