The numbers certainly did not favor the Toombs County Bulldogs in their third match up with the Swainsboro Tigers. The two teams met twice during the Region 2 schedule with Swainsboro winning 76-46 in Emmanuel County on January 11 and 78-47 in the final regular season game in Lyons on February 1 on the Bulldogs’ Senior Night. A mere five days later, on a neutral floor at Vidalia in quarterfinals of the region tournament, the Bulldogs pulled out a 58-52 win to qualify for the GHSA State Tournament.
The last time the Toombs County Boys went to the state tourney was back in 2012 when Tomond Hampton, Brandon Driggers and Dylan Ennis led the Bulldogs to a 70-58 win over McIntosh County Academy in the region tourney quarterfinals at Brewton-Parker College.
TCHS will play Vidalia in the semifinals on Friday at 5:30 at Vidalia. The Indians qualified for the semi’s after a second place finish in the region regular season standings.
How did the Bulldogs shock Region 2? Senior Tyrese Lewis got hot. He nailed a long 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer to cut the Swainsboro lead to 28-27 and then he made three more 3’s in a fourth quarter in which he scored 10 of his 26 points.
Two other Bulldogs scored in double-digits. Tekelia Baker and Drekari Jones each had 11 points. Karis Harden contributed 6 point including 4 in the final quarter and Julian Mann 2.
The Lady Bulldogs lost in overtime in the first round of the tournament. St. Vincent’s pulled out a 48-43 victory. The Lady Bulldogs finish the season at 9-13.