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Season is over for Bulldogs after loss

The dismal basketball season has ended for the Thomson High Bulldogs.

It came to a halt with a 76-67 loss at the hands of the Baldwin Braves during the first-round of the Region 3-AAA Boys Basketball Tournament that was played last Wednesday at West Laurens High School in Dublin.

Baldwin, who went into the region tournament as the No. 6 seed team, downed the Bulldogs, the cellar team of the region. The Braves bounced back right back the next night (last Thursday) and upset the No. 3 seeded Burke County Bears.

"We just didn't have quite enough experience to get the job done this season," lamented Thomson longtime head coach Michael Thomas during an interview with The McDuffie Mirror . "We were in several games, but we'd make a boo-boo or something and take ourselves of those games down the stretch."

As for the region tournament loss to Baldwin, coach Thomas was quick to point out that the Braves didn't play like a No. 6 seed team.

"They actually played more like a No. 3 seed team," he said.

The 2009-10 season was the second worse season ever experienced since coach Thomas began coaching basketball at the school in 1982. In 1996, the Thomson varsity boys' team won only three games, he said.

Coach Thomas admitted that his Bulldogs were in three-quarters of the games they played in this season, but because of their lack of experience they weren't able to get through the rough times and pull out victories. In several of the games, the Bulldogs were in the thick of things right to the end. Often times, they were beaten by 10 or less points. There were only three games where they were blown out of games.

"It was a disappointing season for us," added coach Thomas. "We had hoped that it would be a better season than it turned out. Unfortunately, it wasn't."

The Bulldogs were led in scoring nearly all season by senior point guard Deandre Williams, who averaged nearly 20 points per game.

"He did an exceptional job for us," said coach Thomas, noting that Williams also served as team captain.

Williams was one of three seniors on this year's squad. The other two seniors were Rashod Berry and Jimmy Jones.

"Berry and Jones did a good job for us, too," added coach Thomas.

Another player who helped the Bulldogs a lot this season before he got hurt was Ronkeem Sallywhite, a sophomore guard.

"He was lost to us for several games," said coach Thomas. "If he had been able to play the whole season, it's possible he could have changed the way several of the way games turned out for us. Instead of losses, they might have been wins."

Coach Thomas said he is preparing for the summer league and hoping for success on the hardwood next season.

Web posted on Thursday, February 25, 2010

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