THOMASVILLE — The Thomasville boys basketball team will try to accomplish a feat its football counterpart were unable to do — defeat Dodge County in the playoffs.

The Bulldogs, coming off their only loss of the season in the Region 1-AA championship game against Randolph-Clay, will host the Indians today at 6 p.m. in the first round of the state tournament.

Although Thomasville has sat atop the state rankings all season, Dodge doesn’t enter tonight’s clash intimidated. The Indians sport a 24-4 record and were one of only two teams last year to defeat eventual-state champion Dublin.

“We’re going to line up, toss that ball up,” Dodge coach Danny McCoy said. “They’re definitely the best team in the state, but we’re going to line up and play. We’re a good basketball team. We’ve been a top-10 team all year.

“We came a long way, I think. Two years ago, this program was 1-24. Now we’re up there with a good opportunity. Our guys are going to come down there and compete. You don’t win 24 games without knowing how to compete a little bit.”

McCoy said out of the 96 minutes his team played during the Region 4 tournament, it led for about 95 minutes 45 seconds. If not for the waning moments of Dodge’s semifinal game, the Indians could very well have been the region champ. Instead, they defeated a good Tattnall County team in the third-place game and their reward — play Thomasville, last year’s state runner-up.

“It’s pretty bad luck,” McCoy said. “They’re so athletic, their depth, they play hard. They present anybody with problems.

“Obviously, we don’t want to get up and down (the court) with them. We don’t want to go up in that speed. They’ll put five guys out there that can all score. We ain’t going to be able to do that. We don’t have that luxury. A lot of our guys are football players. We have to work a lot harder for everything we get. We have to be a little more selective. They’ve got anybody that can shoot any shot at any time.”

The Indians are led by a pair of wings in seniors Garland McCarther and David Scott. McCarther averages 17 points per game while Scott chips in 15 points per outing.

Despite the gaudy numbers his players average and the record his team sports, McCoy understands the challenge that awaits his team tonight.

“With the league we play in, it’s pretty good too,” McCoy said. “Now we know, there ain’t no doubt about it, who’s been the class of AA all year.”

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