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Thomson teams bounced from playoffs in first round

Both varsity Thomson basketball squads saw their season come to an abrupt and unexpected end in the Region 3-AAA playoffs Saturday night at the Doghouse.


Thomson's Nikosha Hudson tries to beat a Butler defender Saturday night.

Glenn Hills beat the boys' team 56-55 after coming back from a three-point deficit in the final minute. It was the Bulldogs' second one-point loss to the Spartans in a week. Fred Johnson scored 25 points in the 54-53 loss to Glenn Hills on Jan. 31.

In Saturday's game, Thomson jumped out to an early lead and stayed close during the first half. The Bulldogs went to the locker room down 28-25. They came out and tied it up at 31, but the Spartans edged their way to a 42-33 lead with 1:27 left in the third.

Thomson fought back and took the lead in the closing minutes, but a Glenn Hills steal and fast break lay up with just under 0:10 remaining sealed the one-point win for the Spartans.

Despite the last-minute breakdown on Saturday, Thomson Coach Michael Thomas was pleased with his team's play throughout the 12-12 season.

"We played well for 31 minutes," Coach Thomas said. "We made some crucial mistakes in the last minute that cost us. When you have young inexperienced players, that is a possibility. However, they performed beyond expectations."


LaQuinton Fort drives for a lay-up in Thomson's playoff loss Saturday night.

Thomson's boys did pull out a victory in the final regular season game, a 66-59 win over Swainsboro on Feb. 3. Tim Daniels exploded for a game-high 27 points in the win.

In girls' region playoff action, Butler defeated Thomson on Saturday, 49-42. Shannon Williams hit four treys on her way to a team-high 13 points.

The Thomson girls were five points down at halftime but fought back to tie the game at 23 midway through the third quarter. They kept the pressure up and led 34-30 at the end of the third.

Thomson and Butler swapped the lead through the fourth quarter, and two Patience Robinson free throws tied the game at 40 with 1:51 remaining. Butler proved too strong down the stretch, though, and moves on to the next round.

"We played hard and aggressive," Girls Coach Eric Rogers said. "We had a let down in the second quarter. That cost us. We just quit moving on offense and gave up too many easy baskets. ...I was proud of the way they came back and fought to the end."

The Thomson girls lost to Glenn Hills 48-36 on Jan. 31. And in the final regular season game, the Lady Bulldogs lost to Swainsboro 52-22, a game in which no Thomson player scored in double digits.

The three-straight losses to end the season put the Lady Bulldogs' record at 5-17.

Web posted on Thursday, February 9, 2006

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