Prep Hoops: Bulldogs fall late in 63-49 setback
Sitting in an office adjacent to the locker room in the Thomasville gymnasium, first-year head coach Gil Maxwell was in no mood to celebrate the start of Christmas break.
Suffering a fifth straight loss after knocking off a very good Wheatmore team in the season opener, the Bulldogs strayed from the gameplan and consequently dropped a 63-49 nonconference decision to Randleman. THS trailed by only four with 4:30 remaining, but were outscored 13-3 the rest of the way.
Getting beat by the outside shot first half, the Bulldogs did a much better job of identifying the shooters in the final 16 minutes. But that only opened the door for the guards to drive the lane frequently for layups or free throws. Maxwell was frustrated with the way his team executed on defense.
“For whatever reason we just do not stay true to the system and do what we are being asked to do,” he said. “When we get back to doing our own thing, that is what hurts us. We have got to learn to stay with it.”
The game was tied at 13 apiece after one quarter with the Tigers holding a 28-24 lead at intermission. Asonti Price made it a margin of seven in the third quarter but the Bulldogs put together their best stretch of basketball for the night to reverse momentum. Cedric Green popped a 3-pointer from the corner and a putback from Dwain Purvis had the Dogs within one. Ja'hare Taylor Thomas sent up a shot looking for the lead but it missed. Purvis was in position again to grab the rebound and go back up for a bucket and harm. His free throw was off line, but next trip down he crashed the offensive boards one more time for a basket. A Thomas free throw made it 35-31.
“I thought we did some good things as far as being patient and moving the ball around,” Maxwell said.
A mini 6-0 spurt regained the lead for Randleman who took a 42-39 lead to the fourth quarter.
The guests went up seven until Ike Marsh took the ball up strong for a layup and foul. His pitch from the charity stripe was true, lowering the deficit to only four.
Randleman entered the lane at will the remainder of the game. A drive by Chris Davis resulted in two free throws and Jacar Green scored in the post. Two takes to the basket by Bobby Gibbs resulted in three points, running the lead out to 10 with just under three minutes left. All the Bulldogs could answer with was a Purvis runner in the lane.
“The biggest opponent we have right now is ourselves,” said Maxwell. “Until we can act as a team, get along as a team and work together as a team – we will have our up and down moments. If something goes wrong we point the finger. Winning will help because then they will start believing in what is going on. There is no question they want to win. It is learning how too we need to work on.”
Thomasville girls win easily
In what is expected to be an extremely difficult season of Central Carolina Conference basketball, the Thomasville girls are building a tidal wave of momentum for the battles they will face.
Winning its sixth straight game to begin the year, the Lady Bulldogs posted another convincing performance Wednesday in dominating Randleman 67-37.
Good ball handling is a must in dealing with the quickness of the THS press. The Tigers found that out in a lopsided first half.
Thomasville had 10 points on the scoreboard before Randleman found the bottom of the net. Jashana Thomas scored off the tip and Christina Coleman scored a 3-point basket on the wing. Thomas found Coleman for a 3-point play off the inbound pass, then Shania Wilder added points nine and 10 on a putback.
Randleman's Cassidy Brand broke the four minute drought with a long jumper. A minute later Coleman nailed a shot from the elbow, making it 12-2. Randleman would not get the score to single digits again.
The Tigers kept close and were only down 12 with around three minutes gone in the second quarter. Separate runs of 10-0 and 7-0, though, helped the Bulldogs build a comfortable 39-12 halftime lead.
Coleman finished with 24 points and Thomas had 17 for the 6-0 Bulldogs.
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