The basketball game between the Thomson High Bulldogs and Warren County Screaming Devils was one of those games that went right down to the wire at the Thomson gym last Saturday night. Fortunately for the Bulldogs, they were able to escape with a 76-73 victory, as an estimated 1,200 fans watched.
Thomson was scheduled to have played the Westside Patriots of Augusta on Tuesday night. This Friday night the Bulldogs will travel to Warrenton where they again will clash with Warren County for what promises to be another thrilling game.
Jonathan Atkins, Thomson's big inside sophomore, snatched down a rebound of a missed second free-throw by teammate No. 15 and quickly put the ball in the cylinder with less than 10 seconds to play that helped pull out the win.
Warren County's Stanley Johnson attempted a long 3-point shot afterwards, which failed and preserved the Thomson win.
With 1:19 left in the game, the Screaming Devils led 73-72, thanks to the sensational scoring performance of Warren County's Dominique Menchacha, who scored seven unanswered points. Menchacha first nailed a 3-pointer, then a pair of free-throws and a field goal to give the Screaming Devils the lead in a game that exchanged leads several times. Prior to Menchacha's scoring run, teammate Tay Erwin hit a 3-pointer that cut into the Thomson lead and made it a 69-66 game.
Midway of the fourth, Menchacha hit yet another 3-pointer to make it a 63-62 game in Thomson's favor. Earlier, Thomson's Jimmy Jones made a nice feed pass to teammate Deandre Williams, who hit a 3-pointer to lift the Bulldogs to a 63-59 lead. Thomson's Jones hit a 3-pointer with 7:16 left in the game to give Warren County a 57-56 lead.
Starting the fourth period, the Screaming Devils held a 57-53 lead. After a long-range shot by Thomson, Warren County kept it a close game with a pair of free-throws.
Thomson's Williams later hit a couple of free-throws that kept the Bulldogs right in the thick of things.
At halftime, the Screaming Devils clung to a two-point lead, 40-38. The Bulldogs had held a 22-15 lead at the end of the first period. At the start of the second period, Warren County's Erwin hit a basket.
A Thomson turnover led to Warren County getting the ball right back. Menchacha was fouled and delivered by connecting on both free-throws, which made it a 22-20 game in favor the Bulldogs.
Leading the way for Thomson was Williams with 21 points. Other Thomson players scoring in the game included: Joshua Daniels, 5, Rakeem Sallywhite, 2, Jones, 3, Rashad Berry, 11, Rodman Ramsey, 8, Jacoby Crawford, 3, Ivory McNair, 2, Jonathan Atkins, 12 and Lavance Yarbrough, 9.
Warren County, which defeated the Jefferson County Warriors in Louisville last Friday night by a score of 59-55, was led by the following players in the Thomson game: Menchacha, 23, Erwin, 12, Stanley Johnson, 10, Jaquez Moss, 2, Darius Jenkins, 2, Mykevias Tolbert, 4, Cameron Bolton, 4, Alonzo Benton, 11 and Enrecus Williams, 4.