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Thomson Falls Short Against Hart County on Neutral Floor

In its fifth game of the season, and third in the last five days, Thomson finally met its match in the form of Hart County.



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                       #3 Lavonta Ivery (Thomson)

School 1Q2Q3Q4QFinal
Hart County218212272
Thomson 620211966

    Hart County – Tahj Johnson 3 2-4 8, Ben Edwards 1 0-1 3, Jay Heard 3 1-1 8, Sean Teasley 1 1-2 3, JC Curry 6  9-16 24, Spudd Webb 6 9-9 23, Ethan Spagnoli 1 0-0 3. Totals: 21 22-33 72.

    Thomson – Jalen Moss 3 2-6 9, Lavonta Ivery 6 3-6 18, Jaheem Battle 2 0-0 6, Vasco Winfrey 3 2-3 8, Jahkiaus Jones 3 1-1 7, J.C  Brooks 3 1-1 7, Tramon D’Antignac 1 1-1 3, Jaquan Hart 3 2-2 8. Totals: 24 12-20 66.

Three-point goals – Hart County: 8 (Edwards, Heard, Curry 3, Webb 2, Spagnoli). Thomson 6 (Moss, Ivery 2, Battle 2).

In its fifth game of the season, and third in the last five days, Thomson finally met its match in the form of Hart County, which topped the Bulldogs 72-66 Tuesday afternoon on a neutral court at Cedar Shoals High School. JC Curry and Spudd Webb* led the way in the winning effort with 24 and 23 points, respectively. Hart County surged to a 21-6 lead after one quarter before Thomson gained its footing.

The Bulldogs sprinted back into contention in the second quarter by outscoring Hart County 20-8 and narrowing the deficit to 3 points by halftime. Vasco Winfrey scored 7 points and JC Brooks 5 during the spurt. 

Once Thomson had made it a game, freshman standout Lavonta Ivery, who led the Bulldogs with 18 points, warmed up to the tune of 13 second half points, while making 3 three pointers after the break. And Thomson’s other heralded freshman, Jahkiaus Jones, also came alive as the game progressed. Jones scored all 7 of his points during the final quarter, including two on a nifty reverse layup that cut the deficit to 2 points with :21 remaining, providing a last ray of hope for the Bulldogs.

“We are young,” Thomson head coach Michael Thomas said about his team’s slow start. “We are going to look at the video so they can see…. but some stuff unfortunately they just have to experience.”

The good news is Thomas could see his young team growing and learning in real time as it faced its stiffest test of the season so far.

“We actually grew up within the game,” Thomas explained. I am very enthused by that, and if we could have played 5 quarters, or made recognition sooner…”

Thomson had started its season 4-0 before running into Hart County, the defending regular season champion of class 3A’s region 8, which posted a 23-6 record last season before being knocked out of the state playoffs in the second round. The Bulldogs have designs on a similar path for themselves this season in class 3A, after moving from class 4A. Today’s game provided a good measuring stick for what coach Thomas’s group will have to do to make those plans come true.

“For where we are, it was the kind of competition we needed at this time,” Thomas said of Tuesday’s experience.

More tests lie ahead for Thomson’s young team before region play heats up in January. The Bulldogs will take on rival Warren County at home this Saturday before facing Butler (location coming) the following Tuesday, and hosting Aiken on Saturday, January 2nd.


[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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