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February 1, 2014

’Dogs calm ’Canes

THOMASVILLE — It was a successful senior night for Thomasville basketball.

The boys and girls teams rebounded from a Pelham sweep on Friday to notch a sweep of their own against Fitzgerald on Saturday.

The boys won 60-45 and girls 47-36.

“You always want to go out as a senior and win your last game, especially against a team like Fitzgerald,” Bulldogs boys coach Ben Tillman said. “They’ve got great coaches, great tradition and great basketball. It’s huge for our seniors, but also huge to keep our momentum going.”

Tillman said Friday’s “gut-wrenching” loss fueled his team’s resolve on Saturday, specifically from a gameplan standpoint.

The Bulldogs woes, Tillman said, stemmed from slow starts in each half. He and his staff emphasized a “focus” standpoint by making runs early.

“This win was a direct carry over from our lack of focus last night, “Tillman said. “We finished strong but started flat. We knew we had to get going off the bat.”

Thomasville started the first half with a 13-2 run and followed with 10 unanswered points to start the third quarter.

The girls played in a comparable manner.

They consistently held a five-point lead after jumping out to a 15-7 lead at the end of the first.

“We had much more intensity,” girls coach Antonio Wade said. “That’s something we couldn’t match last night. Any win, I’m happy but we still have more winning to do.”

Both teams play at Cook on Tuesday and hope to continue momentum before the 1-AA playoffs in two weeks. Should the girls finish second in the region to Pelham, they will qualify for the state playoffs.

“That’s been our goal all season,” Wade said. “We want to make a deep run.”

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