The Thomson Bulldogs needed miracle pass last Friday night to have a chance beat the Washington County Golden Hawks last Friday night.
They didn't get it.
With just one second left and needing a pass the length of the court, Thomson High's Darius Eubanks heaved the ball. But the pass was picked off, sealing the Golden Hawks' 54-53 upset win over the Bulldogs in the Dog House.
A combination of turnovers, coupled with cold shooting, proved to be the downfall for the Bulldogs of Head Coach Michael Thomas.
At halftime, Thomson found themselves down 22-21. Both teams traded baskets back and forth during much of the second half. One of Thomson's big baskets came from Brandon Turman, who hit a three-pointer from the corner to knot the game at 33-33 with just a little more than four minutes to play in the third period. Following a Washington County turnover, Turman came right back down court and hit a field goal that put his team up 35-33.
The Bulldogs later connected on their third straight basket after a steal by Richard Johnson. Making the big basket for Thomson was freshman center Jonathan Atkins, who increased Thomson's lead to 37-33 on a beautiful feed pass from Turman.
Washington County stormed right back and regained the lead before Thomson's Dexter Sneed hit from long range thus giving the Bulldogs the lead again, 40-39.
A little more than midway of the fourth period, the Golden Hawks jumped to a four-point lead, 46-42 before Eubanks closed the gap with an inside hoop. With 1:26 left in the game, Washington County extended its lead to six-points, 52-46.
Back-to-back turnovers proved to be costly to Thomson late in the game. With just 26 seconds left to play, Johnson attempted a three-point basket that ended up being way short. Had Johnson been able to make the shot, it would have cut Washington County's lead to a point.
The Bulldogs never lost sight of what they needed to do in their attempt to pull out a come-from-behind win, as Turman hurried down court and hit another big basket following a missed shot by the Golden Hawks. That made it a 52-50 game in favor of Washington County.
After going up 54-50, Thomson's Johnson stormed back with a quick three-pointer that cut the score to 54-53. As it turned out, that was as close as the Bulldogs would get.
Things were much different when the Bulldogs played host to Morgan County's Bulldogs last Tuesday night.
Thomson won 90-69 with Ronkeem Sallywhite leading the Bulldogs in the scoring department with 19 points.