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Defense leads 'Dogs to victory

The Thomson boys basketball team defeated the visiting Monticello Hurricanes on Saturday by a score of 97-41.

"That's a tribute to the way we play," head coach Michael Thomas said following the game. "Our defense put a lot of pressure on them in the first half and kept it up in the second."

The Bulldogs got on the board quickly in the first half, scoring their first basket just 23 seconds into the game. They continued scoring rapidly and often in the first, ending the period ahead 19-12.

Thomson continued the frantic pace in the second period, racking up an additional 33 points while again holding Monticello to 12 points for the period, and Thomson entered the locker room at the half with a 52-24 lead.

The third period was all Thomson's, with the Bulldogs adding another 26 points while allowing Monticello to score only six points for the entire period.

"That just reflects how we play," Thomas said. "We play pressure defense, push the ball up, and take open shots."

The fourth quarter was more of the same. The Thomson bench appeared to gain extra excitement and momentum toward the end of the game, when the score reached 91-36 with two minutes remaining. With the possibility of reaching 100 points within reach, cries of "Bust the clock, bust the clock!" could be heard from the Thomson bench.

"I don't know if our guys really wanted to 'bust the clock' or not," Thomas said. "They were just playing hard and making points. I don't know, I guess maybe they did."

Despite the lopsided score, Monticello remained in the game. Though only adding eight points to their offensive total, the Monticello defense seemed to make a concerted effort in the final two minutes of the game, and succeeded in preventing Thomson from reaching a hundred points. But with a final score of 97-41, the night clearly belonged to Thomson.

Thomson next traveled to Glenn Hills to take part in the Thanksgiving Shootout on Nov. 21. Their next home game is versus Warren County on Dec. 3. Game time is 7:30.

Web posted on Thursday, November 24, 2011

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