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Thomson High Bulldogs are 3-1 at Christmas break

The Thomson High Bulldogs are riding high in basketball at the Christmas break.

After four games this season, the Bulldogs of Head Coach Michael Thomas find themselves sporting a 3-1 record, including a 1-1 record in Region 3-AAA standings.

Thomson's lone loss came against Liberty County last Saturday night in Hinesville, as the Bulldogs came up short, 81-73.

In the season opener against Morgan County, Thomson won by a convincing 22-point margin. Richard Johnson led Thomson in scoring 23 points during that game, which was played in Madison. Four other members of the Bulldogs' team also scored in double-figures. They included Darius Eubanks, 14; Rankeem Sallywhite, 11; along with Brandon Turman and Dexter Sneed, who each scored 10 points.

Radney Tutt, meanwhile, led Thomson in the rebounding department with five. Tutt also had six assists along with Sallywhite.

In a recent game played against Elbert County, the Bulldogs were victorious again.

But Coach Thomas wasn't pleased with his team's overall efforts in that particular game.

"We didn't look very sharp in that game," Coach Thomas said. "We played hard and I thought gave it a good effort. But we just didn't click like we should have. That made the game a lot closer than it should have been."

Again, Johnson led the Thomson team with 19 points. Tutt responded with 11 points, while Sneed and Jonathan Atkins each had 9 points, respectively.

Last Friday night, the Bulldogs played host to Richmond Hill in their first region game of the year. They won by a score of 81-56.

And for the fourth time in as many games, Johnson led the charge, offensively. He scored 18 points and made five three-point baskets. Sallywhite and Atkins each scored 11 points, followed by Deandre Williams with 9, Eubanks, 9, Tutt, 8, Turman, 7 and Sneed, 4 points, respectively.

Thomson connected on 10 three-point baskets against Richmond Hill. Sallywhite and Williams each made two long shots, while Turman made one from long-range distance.

At halftime, Thomson held a commanding 44-23 lead that they never relinquished.

On Friday night, Dec. 26, Thomson travels to Sparta to take on the Hancock Central Bulldogs. They will compete in the Sweet South Tournament between Dec.29 and 31 at a site and time yet to be determined.

Web posted on Thursday, December 25, 2008

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