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Bulldogs bounce into region playoffs

The regular basketball season is over for the Thomson High Bulldogs.

It's now time for the playoffs.

The Bulldogs are playing in the region tournament this week at Burke County High School in Waynesboro. Unlike last year when they were eliminated in the region tournament there, the Bulldogs are hoping for a brighter outcome this week.

In Thomson's regular season final basketball game, which was played against the Baldwin Braves in the Dog House last Saturday night, the Bulldogs won 64-58.

During the last 2:38 of the game, the Bulldogs of Head Coach Michael Thomas were terrific at the free-throw line. They managed to hit 13-of-14 bonus shots during that span.

Thomson's Richard Johnson, Radney Tutt, Dexter Snead and Brandon Turman - all seniors - made such a feat happen.

At the end of the third period, Thomson led 43-35. Early in the fourth period, the Bulldogs' Johnson hit a bank shot off the glass which gave Thomson a 10-point lead. Tutt, who like Johnson and Snead turned in outstanding performances against Baldwin, proved his value to the team by making a steal and going down court to hit a layup that lifted his team to a 12-point surge, 47-35.

Johnson got the Bulldogs fired up in the first period, hitting two of three free-throws after being fouled while attempting to shoot a three-point basket. About a minute later, Johnson connected on his first three-point shot that gave Thomson a 5-0 lead.

After being quiet in the scoring department for nearly three minutes, the Baldwin Braves displayed their quickness and talent by scoring six unanswered baskets. They jumped out to a 15-5 lead by the end of the opening period. The Bulldogs later got behind 23-9.

Before halftime though, the Bulldogs staged a big rally behind the heroics of such players as Tutt, Snead, Turman, Johnson, Jonathan Atkins and Darius Eubanks. Thomson trailed Baldwin 26-25 at the half way mark.

Web posted on Thursday, February 19, 2009

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