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December 21, 2013

Towers of power

Big men Parker, Addison lead Bulldogs past Bearcats

THOMASVILLE — Entering the season, Thomasville High coach Ben Tillman was hoping the Bulldogs could find a compliment to star big man Andrew Parker.

Problem solved.

Quentin Addison teamed with Parker to torment the Bearcats in a 70-55 Bulldog win Friday as the big men combined for 36 points and 18 rebounds.

“That’s the pressure release we needed,” Tillman said. “You just don’t realize how much people were doubling (Parker) up and he wasn’t able to score. Now with Quentin out there, there’s another big out there that’s athletic and can play above the rim.

“So they can’t just take another big and double him up. They have to double him up with a guard, and that’s not slowing him down.”

That force inside dictated play for the Bulldogs as they each had seven points in the first half to share the team scoring lead along with Henri Abrams. Parker, who finished with a game-high 20 points, set the tone as he took a feed from point guard Kenneth Hayes and slammed the ball home just a minute into the game for the first points. Parker added two more dunks in the fourth quarter.

“That was our whole focus was to make sure we made them happy,” Tillman added. “And it makes the guards happy too, to know that when we get the ball down there, they are able to score.”

After being held scoreless in the first quarter, Addison, who finished with a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, caught fire in the second quarter as consecutive buckets staked Thomasville to a 17-14 lead, an advantage it wouldn’t relinquish. The 2-4 Bulldogs, who led 27-18 at halftime, extended the lead to 47-30 late in the third quarter. Leading by 10 with 2:30 left in the period, Alex Peralta nailed back-to-back 3-pointers to key the run. Jakezmin King, who finished with nine points, also hit a pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter.

“And it’s opening up jump shots too and we were able to knock down some 3s,” Tillman said. “Alex Peralta came in and hit a pair of huge 3s when we were flat in the third quarter.”

Tyree Crump led Bainbridge (2-3) with 14 points.

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