For one amazing half the Toombs County Bulldogs looked like a high school version of the Golden State Warriors. The Dawgs version of the Splash Brothers (Steph Curry and Klay Thompson) was Jalen Mobley and D.R. Meadows. The two sharpshooters hit a combined nine 3-pointers in the first half and 11 in the game. Add two 3-pointers each from Tyrese Lewis (2-for-5) and Alex Dillard (2-for-2) and the Bulldogs probably set a school record making 15 3-pointers in an 84-58 victory at Pierce County. TCHS made half of their 3-pointers, 15-of-30, a big improvement over the Dawgs 26% shooting from that range entering the game.
Meadows hit his first three 3-pointers and Mobley made 3-of-4 as Toombs County raced to a 29-12 lead after the first quarter. Mobley scored all 23 of his points in the first half and Meadows scored half of his 26 in the first two quarters. TCHS was up 50-30 at half and 69-47 after three quarters. The Dawgs entered the game averaging 53 points per game.
Meadows (26 points) ended the third quarter with a near half court shot that dropped in giving him 23 points after three periods. D.R. hit a short shot and a free throw in the fourth quarter and left the game just one point shy of tying his career high 27 points scored in the regular season opener, at home, against Montgomery County. Meadows shot 10-of-14 from the field and made 5-of-9 outside the 3-point line. D.R. also led the team with seven rebounds, six assists and three steals.
Mobley who went 0-21 from the field at Brantley County in the Bulldogs’ previous game made 6-of-10 of his 3-ball shots and 8-of-17 from the field and scored all 23 oh his points in the first half.
Lewis scored 10 points, Jordan Usher seven, Alex Blount six, Keshawn Morgan four and Tyree Brown two for the 4-16 Bulldogs who improve to 3-5 in Region 1 AAA Subregion games.
Lady Bulldogs lose another heart-breaker to Pierce
For the second time this season the Toombs County Lady Bulldogs lost a close game to Pierce County. In Lyons, the Lady Bears pulled out a five-point in overtime. In the rematch in Blackshear, Pierce prevailed 36-33. Joann Gomez led TCHS with 10 points, Dominique Jones had eight and Jocelyn Walker, Shakevia Knight and Christine Mobley each scored four. Watch a slideshow
The Lady Bulldogs, who had a 17-9 lead at half, were up 29-24 in the fourth quarter. However, Pierce rallied and took a 33-29 lead. Gomez hit a five-footer with 1:20 to play to cut the lead to 33-31 and Walker tied the game with :50 left making a seven-footer.
Toombs had the ball in the final 15 seconds, but the Lady Bulldogs did not get off a shot. Madison Puryear stole the ball and raced to the hoop and scored with five seconds left to put Pierce on top and then the Lady Bulldogs turned the ball over and committed a foul and Kellyann Howard ended the game making a free throw.