Thomasville Times Enterprise

December 30, 2013

Bulldogs pleased with play at Hoopfest

Staff report

— The Thomasville boys basketball team wasn’t pleased with the result of Saturday’s Holiday Hoopfest championship game.

However, the Bulldogs were pleased with the tournament as a whole, and hope their three-day run can be the springboard for Region 1-AA play which begins next week.

“We had great competition, and I think all the teams got an opportunity to really see what their teams can do,” THS coach Ben Tillman said. “This is the last week before region play and I think it’s very important that we keep our kids focused on getting better.”

Thomasville, which impoved to 4-6, followed lopsided wins against Twiggs County and Brooks County with a 62-56 loss to Randolph-Clay in the championship. That outcome was still progress for the Bulldogs.

“We didn’t get that opportunity last year so we’re one step closer to really get back to playing at the level that we’re capable of,” Tillman added. “I think that really inspired the kids.”

One area that definitely could be a boost for the Bulldogs, who return to action Friday at rival Thomas County Central, is their inside play. Senior center Andrew Parker totaled 45 points and 31 rebounds during the tourney, posting double-doubles against Brooks County and Randolph-Clay.

“He’s really been picking up his performance,” Tillman said as Addison finished with 24 points and 14 rebounds in the Hoopfest. “And it’s not just Andrew, but I think Quinton Addison is a great accent player for him.

“He really picks up what Andrew does and teams can’t just double-team him now.”

Central boys place second at Turner County tournament

Thomas County Central fell Monday in the championship game at the Turner County Christmas tournament.

The Yellow Jackets, which finished 1-2 in the three-day tournament, fell 57-40 to Coffee in the championship game. Chris Jones led Central with 12 points in the title showdown, while Deondre Cooksey added eight.

Central dropped its first game of the tournament Friday to host Turner County 71-48, with Malcolm McClenton leading the Jackets with 11 and Cooksey adding nine.

The Jackets, though, rebounded to beat Stewart County 53-47 on Saturday with Matthew Priest scoring 16 points to lead the way. Jones finished with 13.

Also Saturday, Turner County and Lowndes were involved in a benches-clearing brawl that led to the game being called and both teams forfeiting that game which opened the door for Central to reach the championship.

Central hosts Thomasville on Friday.