Coach Michael Thomas' Thomson High Bulldogs have captured five straight wins since the Christmas break to increase their overall record to 13-4. This streak begins as the team prepares to enter the heart of its region schedule.
The five consecutive victories for THS have been over several arch rivals that have given the Bulldogs problems in past seasons.
Prior to this win streak, the Bulldogs traveled north to the state of Tennessee and participated in a holiday tournament in which they won one of three games. THS defeated Tennessee High 52-49 on December 27, before losing its next two games consecutively to Science Hill 53-50 and South Lakes 57-52.
To get the five-game winning streak started on Jan. 4, the Bulldogs manhandled and easily defeated the Cross Creek Razorbacks 74-46. Thomson High scored in double figures in each of the four quarters to cruise to the win.
Thomson opened the game with an 11-5 lead after one quarter, and the Dogs continued to control the game with a 28-18 advantage at halftime. THS outscored Cross Creek 17-12 and 29-16 in the second half to post the win.
James Farmer was the leading scorer for Thomson with 23 points. He was followed by Ivan Eberhart with 17 points, Terry Hill with 16 points, Dan Ivey with 12 points, Rico Murray with four points and Michael Thomas with two points.
In the free throw department, Hill and Eberhart sank three of four shots. Ivey also went four of eight.
On Jan. 7, the Bulldogs followed a 23-point scoring effort from Hill to defeat the Glenn Hills Spartans 52-40. The team also went seven for 15 at the free throw line.
Thomson outscored Glenn Hills 17-7 and 15-13 in the first half to control a 32-20 lead at halftime. The Spartans dominated THS 13-5 in the third period, before Thomson outscored the Spartans 15-7 in the fourth quarter to post the win.
Hill led all the Thomson scorers with 23 points. He was followed by Ivey with eight points, Eberhart with seven points, Murray and Brian Massey with four points each and Thomas and Cordord Crawford with three points each. Hill bucketed four three-point shots in this contest.
The Bulldogs continued their post-holiday win streak on Jan. 8 with a 53-46 win over the Jefferson County Warriors. THS scored in double figures in three of the four quarters.
Thomson led 15-13 after one quarter of play, however the Warriors rallied to lead 24-22 at halftime. In the second half, the Bulldogs outscored Jefferson County 19-14 and 12-8 respectively in the third and fourth quarters to post the victory.
Hill was the leading scorer for Thomson with 18 points. He was followed by Eberhart with 12 points, Ivey with 11 points, Carlton Latimer with eight points and Massey and Jarrell McNair with two points each.
On Tuesday, Jan. 11, the Bulldogs traveled to Augusta and defeated the Richmond Academy Musketeers 58-50 in a hard-fought battle. THS scored in double figures in each of the four quarters.
Richmond Academy opened the game with a 17-14 lead after one quarter of play, but the Bulldogs took control in the second period to outscore ARC 13-8 to lead 27-25 at halftime. Thomson outscored the Musketeers 17-12 and 14-13 respectively in the second half to post the eight-point win.
Eberhart netted 19 points to lead all Thomson scorers against ARC. He was followed by Thomas with 16 points, Ivey with eight points, Massey and Latimer with six points each and Randy Jones with two points.
In the free throw department, Thomas went seven for 10 and Ivey went seven for 11.
In a battle of Bulldogs at the THS Gym on Friday night, Jan. 14, Thomson defeated Harlem High in a key region matchup 80-59. This win increased Thomson's overall record to 13-4.
Both teams scored in double figures in each of the four quarters. THS opened the game with an 18-11 lead at the end of the first quarter, and then the Bulldogs of Thomson outscored Harlem 20-11 in the second period to control a 38-22 advantage at halftime.
Thomson outscored Harlem 24-17 in the third period. However, Harlem controlled the fourth quarter by scoring 20 points to Thomson's 18. The late rally was not enough, as THS won big by an 80-59 margin.
Ivey was the leading scorer for Thomson with 18 points. He was followed by Eberhart with 15 points, Hill with 12 points, Steven Howard with 10 points, and Jones and Murray with six points each.