One win and one loss was the story for the Thomson High School varsity boys' basketball team in their recent holiday classic. The split puts Thomson's record at 7-3 on the season.
Putnam County defeated the Bulldogs 84-75 in the opening game of the Milledgeville Christmas Tournament on Dec. 21. Thomson then crushed Georgia Military 75-38 on Dec. 22.
Even though the Bulldogs lost one of the games, Coach Michael Thomas was pleased with the team's play.
"We did OK in that tournament," Coach Thomas said. "Against Putnam, we probably hadn't played against a team that had that many athletes since the Butler game. And we didn't do a good job of blocking out in that game. We scored 75 points. That's enough to win, but we gave up too many easy shots on offensive rebounds."
Coach Thomas' comparison of the Putnam County team to Butler speaks well of the War Eagles. Perennial powerhouse Butler soundly defeated Thomson 78-43 back on Dec. 2.
The 6-6 senior Rodney Harris did have a solid performance for Thomson in the tournament. Against Putnam County Rodney contributed eight points and pulled down 12 boards. In the win over GMC, he put up 13 points and 10 rebounds.
On Dec. 20 just prior to the tournament, the Bulldogs faced local rival Warren County for the second time this season. The first meeting resulted in a 76-75 ovetime Thomson win after a last-second Screaming Devil shot was waved off because it was released after the buzzer.
The second meeting was nearly as close as the first. Thomson beat Warren County in Warrenton, 79-71.
"Rivalry had a lot to do with it, but that's probably one of the better Warren County teams they've had over the last several years," Coach Thomas said.
Both the boys and the girls play at Glenn Hills on Jan. 6. The next home game for both Thomson teams is against Jefferson County on Jan. 7.