Prep Hoops: Thomasville loses momentum in third quarter

Jan. 30, 2013 @ 04:15 PM

Thomasville’s boys could not have been in a better position to drop longtime foe Lexington.
They had surged out to a nine point lead in the third quarter after trailing by two at the half, only to watch the Jackets blitz them with a 17-2 run that spanned from the end of the quarter into the fourth. Those few moments were enough to help LSHS escape 64-52 in the Central Carolina Conference contest.
“It was just a tough loss after playing so well,” said THS coach Tony Clark. “We played a great game up until about the middle of the third quarter. Then we got in a spell where they made some big shots and we could not get out on their shooters. We got frustrated and started missing shots. It went downhill after that.”
Thomasville led by nine twice in the third quarter. The first time on an Ike Marsh 3-pointer and a second time with 2:15 left on a trifecta from Malik Johnson. The Bulldogs did not score again until 6:15 was left in the game.
Lexington used that time to mount a comeback. They scored the final three baskets of the third quarter to trail 40-38. Mel Covington crashed through the lane off-balance and got the ball to fall through to tie the score. Desmond Wilson’s free throws kept the Bulldogs out front a few more seconds, but LSHS reeled off the next seven points to grab the advantage and never gave it back.
Buckets by Shakeem Peterson and Latrele Skeen had the Bulldogs down just four as the clock wound down to two minutes. Lexington grabbed the next six points to go up 10, though, beating their counterparts down Business 85 one more time.
The Bulldogs sit all alone in third place of the league standings at 2-2, trailing the 4-1 Jackets and 5-0 Central Davidson.
Thomasville was to finish out the busy week against Salisbury and Central Davidson.
“Every week is going to be big from here on out,” said Clark. “We feel like we need four more conference wins to make the playoffs, so that is what we are looking for.”
Skeen had 15 points for THS while Peterson had 12. Coleman Hayes was hot from the outside burning the nets for 22 points.