THOMASVILLE — Thomasville had its dream season come to a disappointing end Saturday night with a 96-84 defeat in the Class AA final against Dublin.

It marked the end to an up-and-down season for the Bulldogs that had more peaks than valleys.

Thomasville captured the Region 1 championship in dominating fashion, disposing of Brooks County, Early County and Mitchell-Baker by an average of 33 points. An impressive run through the state tournament allowed the Bulldogs to knock off title contenders Manchester and defending champ East Hall.

In the title game, Thomasville led Dublin in the opening minutes of the third quarter before the Fighting Irish pulled away down the stretch.

While Thomasville’s season ended in frustrating fashion, it didn’t take away from the Bulldogs’ historic run in their chase for a first state basketball title.

“I’m happy we’ve got a group of kids that work hard and do everything you ask them to do,” said head coach Tyrone Kellogg.

Another title run in ’07 might be in the cards for a Thomasville team composed of mostly juniors. The Bulldogs return talented players Ladarius Hall, Ty Scott, Mike Reddick, Dunnell Webb, Ken Dixon, Bobby Harris and Jamar Moore. The addition of Moore, a former Thomas County Central star, in mid-season this year gave the Bulldogs a tough 1-2 scoring punch along with Hall and should make the Bulldogs a formidable title contender in ’07.

“The thing is we’ve got to have a couple of those kids step up as leaders,” Kellogg added.

The region also becomes much tougher next year with the addition of Fitzgerald and basketball powerhouse Randolph-Clay.

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