Coach Michael Thomas and the boys Bulldogs basketball team ended the regular season with a victory Feb. 8, defeating visiting Grovetown 73-65.
Coach Thomas said solid defensive pressure forced turnovers.
"That's what brought us back in the third quarter," he said.
The Bulldogs capped their season at 17-7. They were to begin the playoffs Tuesday night against Cross Creek at Burke County. That was to be the teams' first meeting of the year.
A fast-paced first half saw some scrambling. Each team missed some connections.
Thomson started strong and took a 16-12 lead at the first stop before falling behind 27-22 at the half. The Bulldogs surged to a 51-43 lead after three quarters. The Warriors scored 22 points in the final stanza, as did the Bulldogs.
A disciplined Thomson squad notched 23 points in 33 attempts from the free-throw line. The visitors sank nine of 24 tries.
Thomson's Ronkeem Sallywhite led all scorers. He hit three 2-pointers and two 3-pointers and went 8 for 11 from the line to record a 20-point game. Teammates Dwayne Williams and Jon Atkins each scored 16. Anthony Moss added nine, Josh Daniels added six, Lavance Yarbough notched three, Jamontae Beard hit two, and Antonio Coleman scored one point.
For Grovetown, Denzel Garrett hit 19 points, Mike Chandler hit 12, Xavier Crane hit 11, C.J. Cooper and Tre Torbert each scored six points, D.J. Tyson hit twice from the field for five points, and Jermaine Kerkula added four points.