With victory already a sure thing, the Thomson Bulldogs basketball team had another goal before the fourth quarter ticked away – to see the scoreboard hit 100 points.
The ‘Dogs surpassed their goal and won the match-up by a score of 112-46. The victory gives Thomson a 7-0 record.
Thomson’s five starters were Antonio Coleman, Ronkeem Sallywhite, Dwayne Williams, Biquavious Sturgis and John Atkins.
Warren County’s starters were Jaquez Menchaca, Bentrayvious Ramsey, Richard Wilburn, Ed’Ricus Williams and Jeremy Norris.
The game began shortly after 7:30 p.m., and the Bulldogs quickly took the lead. Coleman scored eight points in a row to bring the score to 12-3 after three minutes of play.
Thomson dominated the first quarter with 29 points while holding the Screaming Devils to only five.
After a Warren County 3-pointer to start the second quarter, the ’Dogs began another scoring run of 14 unanswered points.
The first half ended with a score of 57-21.
Thomson was even stronger in the second half, scoring 35 points in the third quarter.
At the start of the fourth quarter, the officials invoked the mercy rule, which shortens the final period to six minutes when one team has a lead of 30 points or more entering the period.
As Thomson’s point total approached 100, ’Dogs fans cheered louder and louder. With 2:16 left to play, Sherrod Hart, a junior, scored the 99th and 100th points on free throws, and the crowd went wild.
“We pretty much played a complete game except a spurt in the second quarter,” said head coach Michael Thomas.
Rather than look at the overall game, Thomas said he breaks it down into 60 or 80 total possessions.
“I look at it more possession by possession, saying ‘Did we do what we were supposed do there?’” he said.
Point guard Antonio Coleman, a senior, was also happy with the team’s performance, other than a brief time in the second quarter.
“We passed the ball well tonight and really got everybody involved,” he said.
Thomas said he wasn’t surprised to see his team put so many points on the board.
“We’ve done it a time or two,” he said. “I’m just concerned about whether we’re playing to our capabilities, and most of the time the score takes care of itself.”
Coleman also showed little surprise that the ‘Dogs racked up so many points.
“We always try to get to 100,” he said.
Eleven Thomson players accounted for the team’s 112 total points. The lead scorers were Williams with 22, Sallywhite with 18 and Atkins with 13.
The Bulldogs will next play in two holiday tournaments – the North Gwinnett Classic in Suwanee, Ga., that started Wednesday and a Christmas tournament in Commerce, Ga., on Dec. 28, 29 and 30.
The Bulldogs’ next home game is Friday, Jan. 6, at 8:30 p.m. against Richmond Academy.