Four Toombs County High School basketball players scored in double figures as the Bulldogs opened up their home schedule with a 69-57 win over Screven County. For new Bulldog head coach Tevin Thomas this was his first victory as a varsity head coach. Senior Tyrese Lewis scored 21 points and senior Karis Harden added 17. Tekelia Baker tossed in 11 points and Drekari Jones 10 to round out the double-digit scoring. Josh Kelley scored six points and Trey Cloud 3.
“I finally got a little bit of relief right there,” coach Thomas said about his first win after two losses to open up the season. “It felt good to get the first win as a head coach on the varsity level. I had several wins as a lower level coach in middle school and junior varsity. It feels great to get that first win as a varsity head coach against that tough team, especially the way it worked out tonight. Hopefully, we have many, many, many more to come as the Bulldog head coach.”
“It was a hard fought game. It is a scrappy group of players they have over there. Every time we pulled away they would make a run to stay in the game. They hit a lot of shots from the outside. We had to do some things on defense to try and take the ball out of certain guys hands. Once we started doing that we went on that fourth quarter run and we finally put them away. We finally started getting to the bucket in the second half. We shored up out defense. We kept attacking the boards. We won the rebounding battle by about 15 to 20 rebounds and I believe that was the difference in the game,” Thomas said.
Kelley for the third straight game had 10 or more rebounds led the 1-2 Bulldogs on the glass with 15 boards. “He is only 6-2, but he works hard. He judges the ball well off of the rim. Soon as one of the guys shoots it he is already judging it, moving around to the right spot. He is a strong kid with good hands. He high points the ball and he puts a squeeze on it,” Thomas said.
For the second game out of three the Bulldogs scored 60 or more points. Last season they scored 60 or more just twice. “We are trying to push the pace a little bit more and get more possessions. It is hard to win a game scoring in the 35, 40, 45, 50 area. So, we try to get more possessions and get to the free throw line more.”
Offensively, the Bulldogs stayed away from those single-digit quarters that hurt the cause. “Tyrese Lewis shot the ball well. Tekelia Baker, Karis Harden and Drekari Jones all scored in double figures and anytime we can do that it is always a plus,” Thomas said.
The Bulldogs are off until Friday, November 30 when they will travel to Metter to open up Region 2 action at 7:30 p.m.
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