The Thomson-McDuffie Middle School Bulldogs wrapped up their season with a victory at Louisville to finish at 8-4.
“Our guys really had a great season,” head coach Johnsy Hopkins said. “We had a great bunch of kids who really enjoyed playing, and I totally enjoyed coaching them.”
A couple of wins stood out for Hopkins as season highlights.
“We traveled to Washington County and defeated a very good WaCo team, I believe by four points,” Hopkins said. “We were all really proud of that. And Ahmad Gray’s basket against Warren County may well have been the high point of our whole season. Everybody was really excited about that. One of his teammates even picked him up to show him off to the audience after the game. I remember that more than anything else this season.”
The TMMS Bulldogs will lose seven players as they move on to high school next year.
“I have no doubt that many of our guys will go on to play basketball for Thomson High School,” Hopkins said. “Billy Mance, San Antonio Brinson, Nick Moss and James Lowe were just four of our starters that I feel certainly have the talent to play at the next level. I really hope they get the opportunity.”
In their Dec. 8 home game against the Screaming Devils of Warren County Middle School, the TMMS Bulldogs prevailed 38-26.
“A strong start by our starting players won this game for us,” Hopkins said. “And that let us make some substitutions and give some playing time to some other members of the team. The younger guys came in and also played really well, and that was great to see.”