The Thomson High School Bulldogs lost a 66-63 heartbreaker in overtime to the visiting Baldwin Braves last Friday night before rebounding with a key region win over Richmond Hill the following night at the Dog House.
It marked the Bulldogs' third Region 3-AAA loss in the past four games. The weekend before, they lost games to West Laurens and Burke County.
This Friday night, Thomson will hit the road for another region game against Liberty County's Panthers. The Bulldogs will return to the friendly confines of home when they play host to the Washington County Golden Hawks in another key region game.
The regular season is drawing to a close with only three games remaining. Those games are against West Laurens on Feb. 6; Burke County at home on Feb. 12; and Baldwin in Milledgeville on Feb. 13. The Region 3-AAA Tournament begins Feb. 16 and continues through Feb. 20. A week later, the Class AAA State Boys' Basketball Tournament begins.
The only win the Bulldogs have managed in the past four games came against Richmond Hill by a score of 62-59 last Saturday night. The victory was Thomson's ninth to go with 10 losses.
Deandre Williams, the senior point guard, who has carried the Bulldogs all season, scored 23 points.
Teammate Jimmy Jones also turned in an impressive offensive performance, hooping in 11 points.
Other players scoring in that game for Thomson included: Mikel Paschal, 7, Jonathan Atkins, 4, Joshua Daniels, 4, Ronkeem Sallywhite, 3, Antonio Coleman, 3, Jacoby Crawford, 2, Rashad Berry, 2 and Vance Yarborough, 2.
In the first period, the Bulldogs got behind 19-13, but bounced back in the second period to outscore Richmond Hill 16-8. Thomson was down in the third, but charged back in the fourth.
Like the game against Richmond Hill, the game with Baldwin went down to the wire, but this time, the Bulldogs were the ones to come out on the short end.
At the end of regulation, the score was knotted at 57-57.
During overtime, the Braves managed to outscore the Bulldogs 9-6. As a result, they took home another victory, while Thomson suffered another loss.
The Bulldogs sank six three-pointers during the game, two of which were shot by Jacoby Crawford.
Jimmy Jones led Thomson in scoring with 11 points. He was followed by Jonathan Atkins with 10, Deandre Williams, 10, Ronkeem Sallywhite, 8, Antonio Coleman, 5, Jamonte Beard, 4, Rashad Berry, 3, Joshua Daniels, 2 and Caleb Paschal, 2.