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Patriots give Bulldogs second subregion loss

The Westside High Patriots of Augusta invaded The Bulldog House and handed Thomson High a 10-point loss Friday night (final score: 62-52).

It marked the second straight loss for the Bulldogs in sub-Region 3-AAA play in recent days. Thomson's first subregion loss was to the Richmond Academy Musketeers of Augusta.

The speed shown by the Thomson team in several of their games this season turned out to play against them in the Westside game.

The Patriots countered their opponents' speed by forcing the Bulldogs to play half-court, instead of run and shoot in full-court fashion.

Such a scheme worked to the advantage of the Patriots. The Bulldogs were offensively out of sync most of the game.

Another reason for the Thomson woes was the impressive play of Westside's Ivory Drummer, who scored a game-high 20 points.

Drummer had a torrid performance in the third quarter, as he scored 8 points. It helped Westside to a 19-7 run during that period -- one that proved to be Thomson's demise.

At times, Drummer was simply unstoppable.

"We didn't play as well I thought we should have," said Thomson head coach Michael Thomas.

"We've got to do better, much better."

On the other hand, Westside head coach Marvin Fields praised the efforts of his team.

"Overall, we gave a real good team effort," coach Fields said. "We probably caught them on an off night."

Coach Fields also complimented Drummer.

"I thought he played a real good game," he added.

Thomson was led in scoring by Josh Daniels, who bucketed 16 points.

Other Thomson players scoring in the game included: Ronkeem Sallywhite, 14, Antonio Coleman, 7, Anthony Moss, 4, Mikel Paschal, 3, Jonathan Atkins, 3, Levance Yarbrough, 2, and Biquavious Sturgis, 1.

Web posted on Thursday, January 20, 2011

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