Thomson’s boys team put full effort into a lopsided victory over visiting Grovetown.
The Bulldogs defeated the Warriors 73-42 on Friday, Jan. 20
“They just made the best of every possession,” coach Michael Thomas said of his team’s effort.
He called special attention to Sherrod Hart. “He excelled in the game like he does in practice,” Thomas said of the 5-11 junior, whose 12 points tied Jonathan Atkins for team high.
Hart and the whole ’Dogs squad pressed the Warriors the length of the court throughout the game.
Despite a ball-control clinic by Warriors junior Cameron Barnes, the visitors were unable to withstand the pressure. A Warriors timeout at 3:22 of the third quarter failed to rally the visitors. The Warriors threw the ball away three times and then missed on two possessions, including a stray shot at the buzzer. Thomson led 59-25 at the third stop.
Another timeout early in the game also failed to develop a winning strategy. The Bulldogs’ Atkins had hit two buckets before the 6:06 Grovetown timeout. Then the ’Dogs Ronkeem Sallywhite began the air war, landing his first 3-pointer of the evening. The first quarter ended with Thomson ahead 18-9.
Sallywhite piled up nine points, including two 3-pointers. Felton Hatcher hit one 3-pointer on his way to an 11-point game. Antonio Coleman had a 3-pointer and seven points total. Malique Gibbons had one 3-pointer. Jamontae Beard finished with three, Biquavious Sturgis scored eight, and Jordon Davis scored eight.
For Grovetown, C.J. Cooper led all scorers, with 16 points. Shalom Alvarez was next, at six points.
The boys were at Richmond Academy on Tuesday and will be at Harlem on Friday. They return home Tuesday, to host Westside.