Derick Favors, regarded as the No.1 prep basketball player in Georgia and his South Atlanta teammates turned out to be too much for the Thomson Bulldogs in the first-round of the Class AAA State Basketball Playoffs last Saturday night. The 93-52 loss eliminated the Dogs from the playoffs and brought to an end their 2008-09 season.
"It's disappointing, but when you draw a team as good as South Atlanta, it's tough," lamented Thomson Head Coach Michael Thomas. "We all wish it could have turned out different."
Coach Thomas said things would have turned out differently for his Bulldogs had they been able to have beaten either Liberty County or Burke County in their last two games of the region tournament.
"If we could have beaten one of those teams, then we could have avoided having to play South Atlanta right out of the gate," Coach Thomas said.
Height was a big factor in the game - the Hornets with the clear advantage in that department. Favors, who plays center and stands 6-9 dominated the offensive and defensive boards. He also scored 31 points against Thomson.
"He's a very exciting player, there's no question about it," said Coach Thomas. "He's a super talent."
Favors has committed to playing for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets next season.
Thomson, which made it into this year's playoffs by virtue of having eliminated Richmond Hill in the Region 3-AAA playoffs held at Burke County High School in Waynesboro a week ago, ran into problems from the outset against the Hornets.
Thomson's Richard Johnson was the only player to score in double-figures - scoring 21 points. Johnson, a senior, also hit six three-point baskets against South Atlanta - a nationally-ranked prep basketball team.