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Williams is power behind 'dogs

GROVETOWN, Ga. --- Thomson High's Deandre Williams continues to play with everything in him on the basketball court.

Williams, a senior, scored 20 points to lead the Bulldogs to a 58-45 win over the Grovetown High Warriors in their first-ever meeting against each other on Saturday, Jan. 2.

This Friday night, Thomson travels to Sandersville to take on the Washington County Golden Hawks in a key Region 3-AAA game. The Bulldogs of head coach Michael Thomas return home to host Elbert County on Saturday night.

"I've been playing pretty good, I think, lately," Williams said after the Grovetown game. "I've been getting off some good shots and playing better, defensively. I just hope I can continue to play well the second half of the season and help my team to a lot more wins."

Williams also demonstrated that he is an unselfish player from the start. The first two Thomson baskets were scored by Josh Daniels following nice feed passes from Williams.

"I like playing team ball," Williams said.

Eventually, the Bulldogs built up an 8-0 lead over the Warriors, who recently defeated the T.W. Josey Eagles in overtime at the Grovetown gym. In a recent game played between Thomson and Josey, it was the Eagles coming out on top during the Richmond County Basketball Tournament in Augusta.

The Warriors drew to within four points of the Bulldogs near the close of the first period by hitting a pair of field goals to make it a 12-8 game going into the second period. With 6:02 left in the first half, the Bulldogs led by just two-points, 14-12.

Grovetown later claimed the lead for the first time, 15-14, as the Bulldogs started missing several shots. The Warriors later led by five-points, 22-17, before Williams hit his first three-point basket to cut Grovetown's lead to 22-20.

Thomson's Roshod Berry tied the game at 22-22 with 1:11 to play in the second period. He later hit one of two free-throws to get the Bulldogs to within a point of their opponents at halftime. Grovetown led at that time, 24-23.

Early in the third period, Thomson reclaimed the lead as Williams connected on a pair of free-throws following a technical foul on the Grovetown bench and later a field goal. It gave the Bulldogs a 29-24 lead.

Late in the third, Thomson led by as many as 13 points, 39-26. Williams again showed his unselfishness with a pass to Mikel Paschal at the buzzer for another basket to end the period. It gave Thomson a 42-28 lead entering the final period.

With 5:01 to play, the Bulldogs' lead jumped to 15-points, 50-35.

Aside from Williams, other scorers for Thomson included: Paschal, 11, Rashod Berry, 11, Josh Daniels, 10, Lavance Yarbrough, 2, Biquavious Sturgis, 2 and Jimmy Jones, 2.

Web posted on Thursday, January 07, 2010

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