Prior to back-to-back wins at Bryan County and at home to Bacon County, the last time the Toombs County Bulldogs followed a win with a win was back in the 2016-17 season. On January 17th and 20th of 2017 the Dawgs won at Jeff Davis and at home against Bryan County.
The current edition of the Bulldogs defeated Bryan County 60-55 in Pembroke on December 7 and then followed that victory with a 74-54 home rout of Bacon County on December 11. The last time they knocked off Bacon County was back in December 2015. The two victories, in five days, helped TCHS double it’s 2017-18 win total for the season in just eight games. The Bulldogs are 4-4 overall and 2-2 in Region 2 play.
In the win at Bryan County the Bulldogs rallied from a halftime 32-28 deficit by outscoring the Redskins 32-23 in the second half. “We came out and it was one of those nights where the whistle was going the other way. We got a lot of fouls on some of the starters early and had to sit them down,” head coach Telvin Thomas said. “Some of those guys who came in off the bench we started to get some punch from them. In the second quarter we finally took the lead and controlled some in the third. One of players got very aggressive on offense.”
Drekari Jones scored 16 of his career-high 28 points in the second half. He hit a 3-pointer and made 9-of-his-11 free throws. “He (Jones) carried the load while the other guys who started had to sit out in foul trouble. He had 12 or 13 rebounds and had a complete game. He really broke out of a shell. We got some big minutes from Nykwan Coleman (4 points), one of our back up guards, he came in and handled the ball for us. Josh Kelly (6 points) had some big rebounds and put backs for us and the the team defense is improving. I thought that night we wanted to get that region victory and get the thing headed in the right direction.”
|Toombs County Bulldogs Stats- Bryan County game|
In the win over Bacon County, Tyrese Lewis stayed out of foul trouble and led the Bulldogs with 27 points. He sank three 3-balls and was 12-for-13 at the free throw line and he dropped in all 11 of his free shots in the fourth quarter. “We were pretty much in control of that one the whole game,” Thomas said. “I couldn’t be more proud of those guys. We defended at a level that I didn’t know that we had, especially in the first half. The guys wanted to get up in those guys and defend finally as a team. We boxed out and rebounded well. We ran our transition break and got easy buckets. We finally executed on offense consistently. That was probably our most complete game. It is good to see this program start heading in the right direction.” Jones added 18 points and Tyquan Toby 10.
The Bulldogs are tied for fifth place in the region with Swainsboro behind 3-0 Woodville- Thompkins, 3-1 Vidalia and Jeff Davis and 2-1 Metter. “In these first eight games I truly believe we have gotten better every single game that we have played and now the guys have started to believe they can play with anybody,” Thomas said. “Their confidence is starting to show. We are starting to listen better and take coaching better and they understand that they can win now. We want to keep that going, we want to keep that rolling and this program will be where it needs to be.”
|Toombs County Bulldogs Stats- Bacon County game|
In addition to the varsity’s success the Bulldog B-Team is off to a 6-1 start. “Those guys do it by committee down there. Guys like Brannon Usher, who probably leads that team in rebounding and it is not even close. Silas Legrant, D.J. McKinney, Julian Mann, Maleke Day and Tyler Heath, who is a just a demon on defense. Nobody can get by him. He gets steals and deflections all game. Gage and Hunter Herndon and the list goes on and on with those guys. They are about 12 deep. Everyone that touches the court, I am extremely, extremely proud of that young group with most of them being freshman.”