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Thomson’s Defense Comes Up Big in Road Win Over Lincoln County

Jalen Moss scored 19 points to lead Thomson to a 66-61 road win over Lincoln County Friday to improve to 3-0 for the season.



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                       #2 Jalen Moss (Thomson)
Lincoln County 211481861

    Thomson – Jalen Moss 6 6-8 19, Lavonta Ivery 3 1-4 9, Jaheem Battle 1 0-0 3, Jaylen McCall 1 1-2 4, Vasco Winfrey 1 1-2 4, Jahkiaus Jones 3 0-2 6, Ja’Quarion Brooks 3 7-9 13, Le’Derrious Jackson 1 0-0 2, JaQuan Hill 2 0-0 4. Totals: 21 16-27 66.

    Lincoln County – Frankquon Sherman 9 1-4 20, Kellen Smith 2 3-4 8, Caleb Willis 7 3-8 17, Malcom Wynn 3 0-0 7, Keenon Lampkin 3 3-8 9. Totals: 24 10-24 61.

Three-point goals – Thomson: 6 (Moss, Ivery 2, Battle, McCall, Winfrey). Lincoln County: 3 (Sherman, Smith, Wynn). 

Jalen Moss scored 19 points to lead Thomson to a 66-61 road win over Lincoln County Friday to improve to 3-0 for the season. Lincoln County, playing its first game of the season, had an opportunity to tie the game in the final seconds, but the Red Devils were unable to get a shot after freshman Jahkiaus Jones stole the ball and finished on the other end right before the buzzer sounded to provide the final margin.

“It was purely instinct on Jahkiaus’s part,” Thomson head coach Michael Thomas explained Saturday in a text message. “The dribbler turned his back and Jahkiaus stole the ball and laid it up.”

Coach Thomas credited his team’s defensive effort for the win, specifically mentioning Moss’s effort in taking on the task of guarding Lincoln County’s heralded 6-5 sophomore Frankquon Sherman, as opposed to focusing on Moss’s team leading point total.

“We competed. The pressure eventually paid off over four quarters,” said Thomas. “Jalen accepted the challenge to guard one of their better players (Sherman).”

Sherman is certainly difficult to contain, and he proved it by scoring a game high 20 points to go along with 17 by senior teammate Caleb Willis, who offered up two highlight worthy dunks for the home crowd.

JC Brooks added 13 points for Thomson, and Lavonta Ivery, another freshman, added 9, including a pair of three pointers. We noted in our game preview Friday the anticipation surrounding the freshmen Ivery and Jones. Right on queue, both contributed nicely in the win. Coach Thomas provided feedback about Jones, who played for the first time Friday after missing the first two games because the football team (Jones is the part time quarterback) made a playoff run.

“He played decently for his first varsity game, especially since he was just coming out of football,” Thomas said. “However he is still learning our system, and we’ve given him a lot to digest in a short period of time. But with his basketball background and experience, he’s picking up everything extremely well.”


[Livestream] Grovetown vs Evans in Region Battle for Playoff Position

Evans hosts Grovetown and looks to avenge their buzzer beater loss to the Warriors on January 22nd.



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“Sophomore Malik Ferguson picked up a loose ball in the middle of the paint with one second remaining, and right before the fourth quarter buzzer sounded, he released a shot that found its mark to give Grovetown 61-60 win over Evans Friday, a result that threw the top spot in the class 6A, region 5 standings into a three way tie between Grovetown, Evans and Heritage to mark the beginning of the stretch run for the league’s regular season championship. Ferguson’s shot came at the end of a full court dash by Grovetown after head coach Darren Douglas was able to draw up a play during a timeout that was meant to result in a bucket in only six seconds. The play was designed for senior Zach Bell, who eventually fumbled the ball after spinning between defenders at the end of a drive that began near half court after he gathered the ball from freshman Derrion Reid.”

That was Chad Cook’s rundown of the instant classic that these two teams played two weeks ago. That win by Grovetown sets up a must-win scenario for Evans as they look to maintain their footing in the race for a region championship.

Be sure to get your ? ready early because if tonight’s game is as exciting as the last one, you just might forget those jokers altogether!

Streams will be posted here. Tip-off times are as follows:
Girls – 6:30 PM
Boys – 8:00 PM

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Former Basketball Stars Lead the Way in Business, Community Service, and Artistic Pursuits

Harold Doby, Reggie Middleton and Roman Hill have turned a brand into a business, a lifestyle and a mental framework for impacting their community.



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Reggie Middleton (left) and Harold Doby (right)

On January 4th, the day after Harold Doby’s “Books and Life Lessons” (B.A.L.L.) charitable organization conducted a coat drive to help keep warm some of the most vulnerable people in the downtown area, I spoke with Doby and Reggie Middleton, two lifelong friends and former college and high school basketball stars, at Middleton’s “Came From Nxthing Designer Apparel” shop at 120 James Brown Boulevard. Our interview (below) covered the coat drive, Reggie’s entrepreneurial journey, and the meaning behind the “Came From Nxthing” brand, which originated from the music of Roman Hill, our third interviewee. Hill’s friendship with Doby and Middleton helped sprout a “movement” that has provided a framework for the three former athletes to impact the world through acts of community service, business, art, entrepreneurship and charity.

The interview provided a great chance for me to get reacquainted with two men I’ve watched grow from being boys who excelled in a game, to leaders of their families and their community. I bet others who watched them star at Glenn Hills and Winthrop (Middleton), and at Laney and Augusta University (Doby), will also gain satisfaction from hearing about their continued personal development. For example, Reggie explained how he took advantage of his basketball talent to earn a job playing professional basketball in London. Then he used his experience there to hatch a business idea to bring high-quality fashion for an affordable price to people in his hometown.

Reggie Middleton scored 1,186 points for Winthrop.

Harold’s concern for people who are most in need, whether it be the men and women he personally distributed the coats to earlier this month, or the students in his school he recalled giving clothes and shoes to when he was in grade school, is the original reason for my getting back into contact with the two men I once coached and taught when they were middle schoolers.

Harold Doby distributing coats in downtown Augusta on January 4.

I’m grateful we reconnected because they are a shining example of what can be greatest about sports and the community that builds around such a life journey: strong, caring relationships developed through shared experiences, encounters with adversity, and moments of triumph, as well as failures and hardships. Reggie’s story about how he has been able to take the difficult circumstances of the pandemic and nonetheless thrive in business with his “back against the wall” by drawing on his experiences as a basketball player growing up reinforces something I’ve always believed, that youth sports is great practice for real life. 

Harold Doby and Reggie Middleton, as well as Roman Hill, whom Doby first met as his rapping Augusta University basketball teammate, are winning the game of real life every bit as much as they did when they mastered the game of basketball as younger men.

Look out for news of the next Drive from B.A.L.L. Visit the Came From Nxthing Designer Apparel Facebook page to see Reggie’s merchandise, shop with him online or find store information:

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