It won't be an easy task by any stretch of the imagination. Nevertheless, the Thomson High Bulldogs are hoping they'll be ready for this weekend's big challenge against the South Atlanta Hornets. This Saturday night's game in the state's capitol city is the first-round of the Class AAA State Boys' Basketball Tournament.
The Bulldogs of Head Coach Michael Thomas will square off against the Hornets of Head Coach Michael Reddick, (24-3), at 6 p.m.
"It's great to be in the state playoffs again this year," said Coach Thomas, whose Bulldogs didn't fair so well during last week's Region 3-AAA tournament held at Burke County High School in Waynesboro. Thomson managed to win only one of three games during region tourney action.
"We didn't play very well in a couple of those games," lamented Coach Thomas. "We didn't shoot the ball very well in the two games that we lost. We also didn't play very good defense in those two losses."
He like the rest of his coaching staff and players are hoping for a brighter time this weekend.
The Hornets have a perfect 10-0 record at home this season and are anchored by eight seniors. The team has seven players who stand 6 feet tall or better. The three tallest players on the team stand 6-6, 6-8 and 6-9.
The Bulldogs, meanwhile, aren't nearly as tall a team. And they, too, have a well-rounded, talented senior squad. One of the team's leaders is Richard Johnson, a shooting guard, who has played several outstanding games this season. Johnson is deadly from the outside with three-point shots.
Several other key players have helped the Bulldogs this season, too. They include: Radney Tutt, Brandon Turman, Dexter Sneed, Marvin Ramsey, Darius Eubanks, Jonathan Atkins, Rashad Berry, Ronkeem Sallywhite and DeAndre Williams.