Bulldogs end December with a 4-game winning streak

Four-game winning streaks have been relatively rare in Toombs County Boys basketball. Since the 2006-07 season the Bulldogs have won four games in a row only three times including their current four-game win streak. The 2018-19 Dawgs have beaten Screven County, Highland Christian Academy, Atkinson County and Portal by five points or less in their run.

Toombs County 48, Screven County 43 in Sylvania

TCHS, which trailed by three points entering the fourth quarter, outscored the Gamecocks 16-8 in the final period to pull out the win. “In the fourth quarter we made some adjustments,” head coach Telvin Thomas said. “We were shorthanded and missing a bunch of guys. We had a couple of guys out injured and a couple of guys out sick. It was good for us to be able to pull that win out with all that adversity we were having that day. We had balanced scoring with Tekelia Baker leading us with 15 points.”

Toombs County 70, Highland Christian Academy 65 at Pearson

The Bulldogs played an uptempo game against a GICAA opponent which is currently 14-2. “They were one of the best teams we played all year. They were very athletic and well coached. They had some good guards and had some guys who could score inside. That was one of the games that we played a complete game. We were in control pretty much the whole game. I really thought we were in tune on defense while we had a balanced scoring attack led by Tyrese Lewis and Drekari Jones,” coach Thomas said.

Toombs County 70, Atkinson County 66 at Pearson

“We were extremely shorthanded that day. We only had 10 guys and we had pretty much all guards. All of our size was at home and not able to travel with us. It was a hard fought game. It went back and forth for a lot of the game. In the second half we made some defensive adjustments and our guys can do it on the fly which is a good sign going back into region play. Off the bench Me’elle Merrion scored 16 points and Lewis had another good night scoring 18 points. It was another great win especially with a bunch of guys playing out of position and a bunch of guys who were getting more playing time than usual. I couldn’t have been more proud of those guys that night,” Thomas said about the third win in a row.

Toombs County 68, Portal 65 in Lyons

The Bulldogs doubled up on the Panthers 24-12 in the second quarter to take a 36-26 lead at half. Then TCHS had to hold on as Portal outscored the Dawgs 16-12 in the third quarter and 23-20 in the fourth. “First half we were in control and went in a halftime up 10. Came out and kind of got out of whack and out of sorts in the second half. I will give some credit to Portal they have some guys that are cold blooded shot makers. They took advantage of some of the defensive miscues we had,” Thomas said. “In the fourth quarter we went up seven or eight points off some defensive adjustments that we made. We got a great night from Tekelia Baker shooting the ball from the outside and just playing hard in general. He led us with 32 points (career high). It was one of those nights when it didn’t matter who was in his face. He shot the ball very well and he also played well defensively. He wasn’t just a scorer. He pretty much carried us all night. Every time it looked like they were about to take the lead, he made a defensive stop or he hit a long range shot. I couldn’t have been more proud of that kid.”

On Friday at 7:30 the 8-5 Bulldogs will play host to Metter in a Region 2 game. The Bulldogs are 2-3 in the region. The Tigers are 10-3 and 3-1. Metter is in third place in the region standings and the Bulldogs are fifth. The last time Toombs and Metter played- back on November 30- the Tigers won 79-58

“That was our first region game here. We played them hard for three quarters and then the fourth quarter got away from us in their gym. We are hoping we can get some revenge on them and hopefully get us to 3-3 in the region and try to keep this winning streak going as long as we can. The guys are finally starting to show a little bit of confidence which is a good thing. They seem to win in different ways. We have won some high scoring games and won some low scoring games. We have won them being pretty and being ugly,” Thomas said.

The Lady Bulldogs are coming off a 51-38 home win over Portal. The TCHS Girls are 7-4 overall and 3-3 in the region. Metter is 5-8 and 1-5. Toombs County is tied with Vidalia for fourth place in the region and Metter is in sixth place. The Girls game begins at 6 p.m.

In 2006-07 head coach Donnie Arrington’s Bulldogs reeled off four-straight and the run started when they rallied from a 14-point deficit in a 43-42 home win over Vidalia. Next the Bulldogs went on both a 10-0 and 14-0 run as TCHS took care of Claxton 57-49 in Lyons. Win number three came at Bryan County thanks to some accurate long range shooting. The Dawgs drilled nine 3-pointers in a 55-39 win. The streak reached four games with a morning 47-37 victory over Lanier County in the Brewton-Parker Christmas Tournament on the day after the Christmas.

The four-game win streak ended in on December 27, 2007 when the Bulldogs lost to Montgomery County 45-38 in the second round of the BPC Tourney.

In 2016-17 the Bulldogs opened up the season winning their first four games. The first two came in the Highway 280 Tip Off Tournament at Vidalia High School. Toombs County gave then new head coach Laberton Sims his first win with a 57-42 victory over West Laurens. Next the Dawgs pounded East Laurens 65-25. A 74-58 home victory versus Jenkins County took care of win number three and then the Dawgs scored 24 points in the fourth quarter to defeat Long County 81-77 in Ludowici.

The Metter Tigers ended the win streak with a 67-61 win in Metter.