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Thomson wrestles win from Hart County

After losing two games to top-10 ranked opponents, the Thomson High Varsity Boys basketball team has gone on a three-game tear, defeating Lakeside, Burke County and Hart County. In games through Saturday, Jan. 10, the Bulldogs are 11-3 overall and 2-1 in region play.

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Roberto Roberts tries to take the ball from a Hart County player.
Kristopher Wells
The two most recent losses came in back-to-back games. On Jan. 2, Thomson fell to 10th ranked Baldwin County 56-52. The next day, the Bulldogs faced No. 1 Griffin at the Pro Player House Special and lost 73-65.

The next three games were convincing wins for Thomson. Region opponent Lakeside fell to the Bulldogs 72-65 on Jan. 6. Thomson defeated Burke County 70-45 on Jan. 9, and then dismantled Hart County 61-40 on Jan. 10.

"The team's biggest strength is no doubt our ability to play and play smart," said Thomson Coach Michael Thomas. "We won't out talent anyone. Nor will we overpower anyone. But we have been blessed to work harder and play smarter than our opponents."

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James Farner ducks under a flying Hart County player.
Kristopher Wells
In the win against Lakeside, Thomson had to overcome the loss of starter and all-around leader Terry Hill to an ankle injury. Other Bulldogs stepped up, and three scored in double figures. James Farmer had 17; Dantavios Lowe added 16 and Roberto Roberts put up 13 in the win.

"We did an excellent job with our defensive man-to-man pressure that created scoring opportunities for us as well as limited their scoring," Coach Thomas said about the Lakeside game. "Our bench is deep in that we have a lot of interchangeable parts."

According to Coach Thomas, all of the upcoming teams can potentially present problems for Thomson. The Bulldogs will travel to Jones County on Jan. 16. They will then play host Elbert County on Jan. 17. Region opponent and third-ranked Butler comes to town on Jan. 20.



Web posted on Thursday, January 15, 2004


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