GREENSBORO, Ga. --- Speed, turnovers and dozens of missed shots turned out to be the downfall of the Thomson High Bulldogs when they tangled with the Greene County High School Tigers on Saturday night. The result was a 78-70 setback in their second game of the basketball season.
The Bulldogs, now 1-1, will play host to the Warren County Screaming Devils on Saturday. The game is expected to start a little after 8 p.m. A big crowd is expected, so everyone is urged to get there early to get a seat. Thomson will entertain the Westside Patriots of Augusta on Tuesday.
Thomson didn't play up to their potential against Greene County. Several of the players still had to adjust to basketball just after the football season ended. Despite the loss, Thomson head coach Michael Thomas is convinced that his Bulldogs will get their act together soon and become a force to be reckoned with in Region 3-AAA this season.
The Bulldogs got off to a sluggish start and never fully recovered, even though they eventually made a game of it. They had a chance to win the game, except they missed so many shots -- the bulk of them inside.
Thomson was kept off the scoreboard until senior forward Rashod Berry hit 1-of-2 free-throws with 4:14 to play in the first period. The Bulldogs later found themselves in deep trouble, down by 15 points, 19-4 with 6:17 to play in the first half.
With less than four minutes left in the second period, Thomson went on a 10-point scoring run. It began when sophomore guard Ronkeem Sallywhite sank a pair of free-throws to make it a 25-10 game with 3:51 to play in first half action. Sallywhite later made a nice feed pass to junior guard Joshua Daniels before junior center Lavance Yarbrough connected for a basket following a missed shot by the Tigers.
A goal-tending call led to the Bulldogs being credited with another basket before senior forward Jimmy Jones spotted Daniels open on a jumper that cut Greene County's lead to 25-20. Thomson's tenth straight point came on a field goal by Yarbrough.
At halftime, the Tigers led 26-22.
As the third period began, Jones hit a basket that made it a 26-24 game. It looked as though the Bulldogs would make it a game at that point. Unfortunately, the Tigers had other ideas, as they went on an offensive attack that quickly put them back on top, 35-24. From there, things worsened, as the Tigers took control. They later led 42-29 until Thomson senior guard Deandre Williams hit a three-pointer from the outside. It was Williams' second of three long shots in the second half.
Thomson trailed 53-44 as play started in the fourth period.
The Bulldogs had three players in double figures. Leading the way was Sallywhite with 14; Yarbrough, 11; and Williams, 10. Other Thomson players scoring points in the game against Greene County included: Jamonte Beard, 7; Daniels, 6; Mikel Paschal, 5; Jonathan Atkins, 5; Berry, 5; Deandre Williams, 3; and Jones, 3.