It wasn't supposed to end the way it did - especially since the Thomson High School Bulldogs were playing on their home court. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, one of the worse things happened - they lost to the Glenn Hills Spartans of Augusta, 76-64 last Tuesday night.
The Bulldogs' loss to the Spartans was the second one this season. The Spartans sport a perfect record of 7-0 in 3A-AAA region play. During the first game between the two teams this season, Thomson's own Richard Johnson, a 5'8 junior guard, played havoc on the Spartans.
Johnson kept the Spartans off-balance with his quickness and set-up screen plays. Still, his performance and that of his teammates wasn't enough for the Bulldogs to overcome in the end. Last week's game was different all the way around. For the Spartans simply followed their game plan by taking it to the Bulldogs of Head Coach Michael Thomas.
The Bulldogs played host to Cross Creek's Razorbacks on Tuesday night. They hit the road to Sandersville on Friday night to take on the Washington County Golden Hawks before returning home Saturday night to play T.W. Josey's Eagles of Augusta. Both weekend games promise lots of excitement.
Thomson, who sported an overall record of 14-6 and 4-2 in Region 3A-AAA play after the loss to Glenn Hills, jumped out to a five-point lead in the opening three minutes against the Spartans. It was short-lived, however, as the Spartans got lots of firepower from Jerel Stephenson and Chris Reynolds. Stephenson scored 22 points, while Reynolds tallied 21 points.
The Bulldogs, meanwhile, were red-hot from the field with three-point baskets. As a team, they hit six such shots. Tim Daniels hit two such shots.
Brandon Holmes led the Bulldogs in scoring with 14 points. Other players scoring in the game for Thomson included: LaQuinton Fort, 12, Tim Daniels, 11, Richard Johnson, 8, Brandon Turman, 7, Darius Eubanks, 5, Marc Mims, 4, Mike Berry, 2 and Antonio Sturgis, 2 points.
Thomson was 8 of 10 from the free-throw line, while the Spartans connected on 22 of 33 bonus shots.