AUGUSTA - Coach Michael Thomas' Bulldogs owned the first quarter of their Friday matchup against the host T.W. Josey Eagles in Augusta.
"The first quarter let us know how well we could do," coach Thomas said after the Bulldogs's 70-61 victory.
The going got tougher later in the game. Coach Thomas said the team just relaxed after their early lead. He found good news in the result, though. "I'm happy that we were able to preserve the win when we did relax," he told The McDuffie Mirror after the game
After falling behind by a single point, the Bulldogs took control of the opening frame. The Bulldogs stormed to an 18-5 lead. Antonio Coleman swooshed a 3-pointer to close the quarter at a 21-7 margin.
Josey opened the second quarter with an 8-point run, and the half ended with a 35-25 Thomson lead. Josey kept up the pressure in the third quarter, closing that frame with Thomson's lead cut to 49-45.
Thomson held on to a narrow lead in the final stanza. The issue wasn't decided until the 1:12 mark, when Dwayne Williams stole a Josey in-bound pass to give the Bulldogs a little breathing room.
Josey fouls let Thomson close out the game.
The Bulldogs returned to action Tuesday, playing host to Grovetown.