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Bulldogs coach says team will 'keep fighting'

WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- This past weekend wasn't a good one for the Thomson High Bulldogs.

The reason: They lost a pair of Region 3-AAA basketball games to West Laurens and Burke County.

Now their region record has slumped to near the bottom.

Still, the Bulldogs of longtime head coach Michael Thomas vow to fight on.

"We've just got to keep fighting and doing our best," Thomas said after his team suffered a 73-53 loss at the hands of the Burke County Bears on Saturday night in Waynesboro.

Things don't get any easier this weekend, as Thomson does battle against two more region foes -- the Baldwin Braves on Friday night and Richmond Hill on Saturday night. One of the only fortunate things about this weekend's games is that both games will be played in the Dog House. Once again, the Bulldogs will have their hands full, especially when they host Baldwin's Braves.

In the game against West Laurens in Thomson last Friday night, the Bulldogs ended up losing a heartbreaker, 56-52.

Deandre Williams led the Bulldogs with 13 points in the game against West Laurens. He was followed by Lavance Yarborough with 10 points. Those were the only two Thomson players in double-figures.

Against Burke County, Thomson had big problems from the outset.

One of the problems was a height difference -- the Bears playing a center that stood 6-9. The more he played, the more he became a major factor in the outcome of the game. He scored points, yanked down several rebounds and stole the ball several times that led to goals.

At halftime, the Bears led 33-28, thanks in part to a basket by Thomson's Williams with 1:26 left in the second period. He was fouled on the play and managed to turn it into a three-point play.

In the third period, the Bears began pulling away. At one point, they established a 22-point lead, 53-31. It never got much worse than that for the Bulldogs.

With 4:22 to play in the game, Thomson cut the deficit to 15 points, 60-45. It didn't take the Bears long to regroup and stage another assault on the Bulldogs which got them back up to a 20-point lead, the way the game ended.

Web posted on Thursday, January 21, 2010

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