SAVANNAH — Group efforts propelled the Thomasville basketball team to the second round of the Class AA playoffs. Another one Thursday night against the Lamar County Trojans at Savannah State have the Bulldogs on the brink of the Final Four.

Thomasville had three players score in double figures leading to a 74-70 win that means Thomasville will play Saturday at 5:30 p.m. against the Bacon County/Manchester winner.

“They were physical,” Thomasville coach Tyrone Kellogg said. “That’s what allowed them to stay in the game.”

Lamar’s physical play was bolstered by its strong play on the offensive glass. The Trojans scored 14 second-chance points in the first half.

“If we limit their second-chance shots, we have a decent lead there,” Kellogg said.

As it was, Thomasville held a 45-39 halftime lead. Jamar Moore sparked the Bulldogs with 13 second-quarter points, including a pair of 3-pointers as the Bulldogs hit seven from long distance.

Moore also had the defensive play of the game.

Lamar’s leading scorer, Mikyle McGee, drove into the lane in the waning moments with his team trailing 72-68 and threw up a floater. But Moore swatted it out, preserving the Bulldogs’ slim lead. McGee drove in again on the ensuing possession, missing another floater.

McGee failed to score in the fourth after tallying 29 points through three quarters.

“I think he was tired,” Kellogg said.

One guy who didn’t tire was Thomasville’s Kelvin Brown. He scored nine of his 19 points in the fourth, capitalizing on several isolation plays.

Moore led Thomasville with 24, as he and Brown picked up the scoring slack when junior guard Ladarius Hall fouled out with 1:51 left. Hall finished with 14 points.

Ken Dixon also turned in a big play, at the end of the first quarter. After coming up with a steal, Dixon drained a 3-pointer as time expired.

Though his team is one game away from the Final Four in Macon next week, Kellogg insists his team’s focus is on Saturday.

“We’re just taking it one game at a time,” Kellogg said.

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