The Toombs County Bulldogs home game against Bryan County was an unusual home game. Due to the Sweet Onion Wrestling Invitational, which is being staged in the TCHS High School Gym, the basketball teams were moved to the old high school gym which is now Lyons Primary School.
The last time the Lady Bulldogs and Bulldogs played at the old gym was on February 6, 2015, a Senor Night against Southeast Bulloch. So, unless you were an upperclassman you never played there. However, one such veteran Dawg didn’t play against Bryan County. Leading scorer Jalen Mobley (15.6 per game) dressed for the game, but he didn’t take the court.
So, all the ingredients were there for the Redskins to have a chance to win their first Region 2 game after nine straight losses. Sure enough in the fourth quarter Bryan County took a one-point lead. However, that is when senior L.J. Sims took over. The Tift County transfer had never played in the old gym and he certainly had never dunked there. Sims threw down two vicious fourth quarter dunks in the final three minutes of the game to open up two 10-point leads and Toombs held on to a 61-55 victory.
Sims scored eight of his 18 in the fourth quarter. Tyrese Lewis made three 3-pointers and scored 13 and Alex Blount had 10. D.R. Meadows made a 3-pointer and scored 6, Montrey Williams and Ermias Fisser each had 5 and Drekari Jones and Tivean Ashley 2.
The Bulldogs are 14-6 overall and 6-4 in the region. In other action Bacon County upset Swainsboro on the road 82-80. Jeff Davis beat Metter 71-70 on a Jaqueze Kirby free throw with two seconds remaining and Vidalia knocked off Benedictine 56-39.
Region 2 Boys Standings
Jeff Davis 7-3
Toombs County 6-4
Bacon County 5-5
Bryan County 0-10
The Bryan County Girls were on their game and they defeated Toombs 53-21. Jocelyn Walker hit three 3-balls and scored 11 points, Joann Gomez had 3, Dominique Jones and Shakevia Knight 2 and Christine Mobley and Diamond Logan 1 each.