AUGUSTA -- The Thomson High School Bulldogs bowed to Richmond Academy's Musketeers in their first Region 3-AAA basketball game of the season on Jan. 7. The final score was 69-65.
Coach Michael Thomas' Bulldogs now sport an 8-4 overall record and are 0-1 in region play.
Thomson was expected to get back into action Tuesday night with another region game against the Harlem High Bulldogs, but because of inclement weather the game was delayed. The Bulldogs' next scheduled home game will be played on Tuesday against the Westside Patriots.
In the game against ARC on the Musketeers' court, the Bulldogs trailed by six points, 17-11, after the opening eight minutes.
The second quarter, however, saw Thomson emerge stronger. At halftime, they trailed 31-27.
Earlier, the Bulldogs had managed to tie the score at 27-27 when Thomson's Mikel Paschal intercepted an errant pass and went down court to hit a 3-point basket with 2:02 left in the second quarter.
During the first half, the Bulldogs were supported by a cast of players that included Paschal, Jonathan Atkins, Jamontae Beard, Anthony Moss and Ronkeem Sallywhite.
With 3:13 left in the third quarter, Thomson's Josh Daniels hit a pair of free-throws to cut ARC's lead to 43-35.
Thomson's Dwayne Williams later hit a layup and was fouled in the process. Williams, who finished the game with 10 points, made it a 42-38 game.
Sallywhite tied the game, 43-43, with a field goal and free throw with 2:18 left in the third quarter.
Seconds later, Paschal made a driving layup that gave the Bulldogs a lead of 46-45.
Going into the fourth quarter, Thomson trailed by only a point, 50-49.
Sallywhite and Paschal teamed up on a beautiful play with 3:14 left to play in the game. Sallywhite grabbed a rebound and passed to Paschal for the shot that tied the game again, 56-56. Paschal hit another shot seconds later that kept the game tied at 58-58.
Thomson's big man, Atkins, then got in on the act. He hit a basket to lift the Bulldogs to a 60-58 lead with 2:23 left in the game.
Williams hit a 3-pointer that pushed Thomson's lead to 63-60. After ARC pulled back ahead, Williams hit a jumper inside the paint that made it 67-65 in favor of ARC with 38 second left.
Paschal took Thomson's last shot but missed from outside.
The Bulldogs were led by Paschal with 14 points. He was followed by Williams, with 10; Moss, 9; Sallywhite, 9; BiQuanious Sturgis, 8; Daniels, 8; and Atkins, 7.