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Hoops heroes: Local recreation team takes state title

Thomson and McDuffie County has another team of champions.

Members of the Thomson-McDuffie County Recreation Department All-Star team traveled three-and-a-half hours to Gordon County and defeated three teams to win the 2004 Georgia Recreation and Park Association Class B State Junior Boys Basketball Championship. To win the championship, the Thomson team had to win two games on the final day.

The team, coached by Tildon Walker and Torrie Battle, beat squads from Calhoun, Ware County and Cedartown in the two-day tournament, March 5 and 6. The Thomson team averaged 67.3 points per game while holding their opponents to just 55.3 points.

Antonio Sturgis led all players in scoring, averaging 21.3 points per game -- the only Thomson player to average in double figures. Both Brion Tolbert and Carlton Martin averaged more than nine points per game.

Sturgis was also named the tournament Most Valuable Player and Marquovious Mims was named the Best Defensive Player.

In Thomson's opening game, the local District 1 Champion All Stars defeated the District 5 Champion Calhoun All Stars 70-48. Sturgis had 22 points, while Mims added 12 and Tolbert and Martin added nine each.

In their second game, the Thomson All Stars beat the District 2 champs, Ware County. Thomson trailed Ware County by four at halftime, but rebounded to win 64-55. Sturgis led the team with 16 points, while Dontavious Ivey threw in 15 points and Tolbert and Martin added eight points each.

In the State Championship game, Thomson beat the Cedartown All Stars 68-63, with Sturgis again leading the scoring pack with 26. Tolbert and Martin also scored in double figures.

Members of the 2004 State Champions are: Brion Tolbert, Antonio Sturgis, Dantavius Ivey, Quincey Aldred, Jadavious Burnett, Montiques Cummings, Marquavious Mims, Carlton Martin, Vonterra Brown and Arsenio Lewis.



Web posted on Thursday, March 11, 2004


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