It was another valiant effort on the part of the Thomson High Bulldogs as they attempted to bump off the visiting Burke County Bears on Monday night.
But when the final buzzer sounded, the Bulldogs of longtime head coach Michael Thomas had fallen again. Their latest loss was by seven points, 60-53 in what was the Bulldogs' last home game of the season.
They traveled to Milledgeville to take on the Baldwin Braves on Tuesday night. An article about that the outcome of their regular season finale with the Braves will be included in next week's edition of the sports section.
The Bulldogs got off to a sluggish start in the first period, managing to tally just six points. It was due in part to a torrid defensive showing by the Bears. Burke County outscored Thomson 13-6 during the first eight minutes of the game.
In the second period, the Bears poured in 20 points to Thomson's 15. The Bulldogs returned the favor in the second half, as they outscored Burke County in both the third and fourth periods. Unfortunately for them, their comeback attempt came just a little too late to upset the Bears.
Thomson senior point guard Deandre Williams scored 19 points in a losing cause. Other players scoring points against Burke County for Thomson included: Rakeem Sallywhite, 12, Lavance Yarborough, 8, Mikel Paschal, 4, Jimmy Jones, 2, Jonathan Atkins, 2 and Joshua Daniels, 1 point, respectively.