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 Bulldogs season ends with first round region tournament loss 

Just 4 days after playing East Laurens to a 12-point game in Lyons, the Toombs County Bulldogs met those same Falcons in the first round of the Region 4 Tourney at Brewton Parker College. Unfortunately, for the Bulldogs they really weren’t the same Falcons. East Laurens had four double-digit scorers in an 88-44 rout.

East Laurens came out full of energy and pressing and the Falcons forced the Bulldogs into eight turnovers in the first three minutes of the game. East Laurens ripped off 20-straight points to start the evening and after missing their first five shots Toombs County finally scored a bucket on a 15-footer by A.J. Fletcher with 3:07 to play in the quarter. Flethcer finished with 12 points. The Bulldogs then went on a 14-8 run to pull to within 14 points. Chase Arrington, who also scored 12 points, hit a 22-foot 3-pointer, Terrence Johnson had two blocks and followed up his own miss and Frank Curry swished a couple of free throws in the Bulldogs best rally of the game. The Falcons, though, pushed the lead back to 20 at half at 47-27.

Toombs County started off the third quarter just like the first, with turnovers and missed shots. The Bulldogs hit just one of their first nine shots and turned the ball over eight times in the first four and a half minutes. East Laurens pushed its lead to 69-34 after three quarters and the Falcons started off the fourth quarter hitting five of their first seven shots to increase their lead to as many as 46. Ken Taylor led East Laurens with 16, Shareef May had 12, Terence Lewis 11 and Chris Cophis 10.

The Bulldogs were 15-41 (37%) from the field and 5-17 (29%) on 3-pointers. East Laurens was 28-51 (55%) and 7-11 (64%).

Other scoring for Toombs County: Torrea Stokes 6, Terrence Johnson 4, Frank Curry 3, Nick Carroll 2, Alton Bass 2, T.J. Smart 2 and Daniel NeSmith 1.

The Bulldogs finish their season with a 9-15 record. 

 Toombs County wraps up the regular season 

The Toombs County Bulldogs almost fell completely into a pattern that doomed them to back-to-back one sided losses to Dublin and Tattnall County. The pattern being, play competitively for a half, despite not shooting well, then go completely ice cold from the field in the third quarter therefore creating a deficit that is way to large to battle back from in the fourth. The Dogs followed ¾’s of that trend in their final home game against East Laurens, but they detoured drastically in the fourth quarter and started hitting shots and cut a double-digit deficit down to five with 1:19 to play, before finally falling to the Falcons 58-46.

After trailing by as many as 16 points in the third quarter, the Bulldogs started hitting shots in the fourth quarter (six of their first eight), especially A.J. Fletcher, who led Toombs County with 18 points. Fletcher hit an 18-footer then he drove the baseline and found an opening around East Lauren’s big guy, 6-foot-8 Antonio Walker, and scored to pull Toombs to within nine points. Chase Arrington, who nailed two fourth quarter 3-pointers and scored 13 points, hit a 3-ball and then Fletcher swished a long three to pull Toombs County to within eight points with three minutes to play. Less than a minute later, Fletcher stole the ball and dribbled the length of the court for an easy layup that sliced the Falcon lead to six. East Laurens scored, but then Arrington swished another 3-pointer and it was 51-46 Falcons. Terrence Lewis, who topped East Laurens with 21 points, ended the potential upset with two quick buckets.

Despite connecting on only 5-of-23 (22%) field attempts and only 1-of-7 (14%) 3-point shots in the first half, Toombs County only trailed 12-7 after the first quarter and 24-19 at half. Good defense and a lot of free throw shots allowed the Bulldogs hang around. East Laurens picked up its seventh team foul with 33 seconds to play in the first quarter. The Bulldogs made 8-of-13 free throws in the first half and 5-of-6 in the second and shot 68% for the game. Toombs County was 14-of-46 (30%) from the field and 5-of-18 (28%) outside the arc. East Laurens was 21-of-42 (50%) from the field and 0-for-7 on 3-balls.

Toombs County wraps up the regular season with a 9-14 overall record and 2-10 in Region 4. East Laurens is 18-7 and 8-4. Toombs County finishes seventh in the region and the Bulldogs will play the third place finisher in the region tournament on Tuesday at 6:30 at Brewton Parker College.

Other Bulldog scoring-Torrea Stokes 7, T.J. Smart, Daniel NeSmith, Alton Bass and Terrence Johnson each had 2 points.

Bulldogs struggle offensively in loss at Tattnall County

Playing the top three teams in Region 4 has been a difficult challenge for the Toombs County Bulldogs. Tattnall County, Dodge County and Dublin are a combined 26-5 since the New Year began and other than Dublin’s loss to Wilkerson County, the only time these three lose a game is when they play each other or East Laurens- a team that is making a late season charge. In their six games against this terrific threesome the Bulldogs have been beaten by 20 or more, including a 52-27 loss at Tattnall County in their next to last regular season game.

For the Bulldogs, the tough match-up against the Battle Creek Warriors is on the glass and Tattnall County emphasized that in the opening half. Charles Agbakwu, who led the Warriors with 14 points, is the most difficult to block out and he had four offensive rebounds in the first half. The Warriors made up for sub par shooting with total domination on the offensive boards. They shot just 29% from the field in the first half, but they grabbed 16 offensive rebounds, eight in each quarter, which allowed them to take 19 more shots than the Bulldogs. In the first quarter Tattnall went on a 7-0 run and opened up a 12-4 lead and the Warriors led 19-8 after a quarter.

Toombs County’ most productive section of the game was in the second quarter when the Bulldogs put together an 8-3 run. James Hawkins, who led the Bulldogs with eight points, scored in the paint and Chase Arrington dropped off a nice pass, off dribble penetration, to Terrence Johnson who scored in the right blocks. Arrington, who had six points, also hit four free throw as Toombs County pulled to within eight points, 24-16 with 3:42 to go in the first half. The Bulldogs finished out the quarter with three field goal misses, which was ominous preview of the second half. Tattnall led 28-16 at halftime.

Both teams scored a bucket to start the third quarter. Steven Black, who scored nine points, hit a 3-pointer for Tattnall County and A.J. Fletcher hit a 10-footer for Toombs. The Fletcher swish would be the Bulldogs last field goal for a long, long time. While Tattnall was pulling away with a bucket every now and then, the Bulldogs were missing a wide variety of shots. Toombs missed its final six field goal attempts in the quarter and three of four free throws. The Warriors outscored the Bulldogs 19-3 in third and led 47-19.

Toombs County missed six straight shots to start off the fourth quarter and they didn’t score a bucket for 9:45. Hawkins finally stopped this painful run of 12-straight misses with a tap-in with four minutes to play.

Other scoring for the Bulldogs- Jamie Anthony 4, T.J. Smart 2, Torrea Stokes 2, A.J. Fletcher 2, Terrence Johnson 2, Juan Johnson 1. The Bulldogs are 9-13 overall and 2-9 in the region. Tattnall is 20-3 and 9-2 and remains in first place in the region with a Friday game at Dublin still remaining on the schedule. 

  Bulldogs stumble in second half in Dublin

After back-to-back wins, the Toombs County Bulldogs wanted to show that they could play with one of the top teams in Region 4. But Dublin, the defending state champion, was too much to deal with on its home floor. The Irish outscored Toombs County 33-10 in the second half in a 68-31 victory. The Bulldogs drop to 9-12 overall and 2-9 in Region 4. Dublin, which is contending for one the top three positions in the region is now 7-3 in league games.

The first time the two teams played in Lyons, Dublin led by 26 at half. However, in this rematch the Bulldogs stayed within in 10 points of the Irish for most of the first half. After falling behind 8-2 Toombs County went on a 9 to 3 run and tied the game at 11 on a Chase Arrington 3-pointer from the right baseline with 2:30 remaining in the first quarter. Dublin finished the period with a 9-0 run and led 20-11 after one. Chris Smith, who led the Irish with 18 points, scored six in the rally.

In the second quarter, Dublin duplicated its first period pattern. The Irish started and finished strong. Dublin scored the first five points of the quarter to take a 25-13 lead and then the Bulldogs came back on two 3-balls, the first by Torrea Stokes and the second by Arrington. Chase’s right wing 3-pointer with 3:23 to play in the half cut the Dublin lead to 27-21. For the third straight game, Arrington led Toombs County in scoring. The freshman had 12 points and hit 4-of-8 from the field and 2 of his 4 3-point attempts. Chase has made 24 of his last 50 3-ball shots, which is a sizzling 48%. Unfortunately, for the Bulldogs that would be their last highlight. Dublin finished on a 6-0 run to take a 35-21 halftime lead. Rashad Smith who had 17 points, had four points in the final 40 seconds on an inside shot and a beautiful reverse layup right before the buzzer.

Plain and simple, the third quarter was a disaster for the Bulldogs. Turnovers were a big problem in the first half as Toombs County accumulated 13 and 24 in the game while the Irish had 12. But in the first two quarters the Bulldogs shot the ball well enough to hang around. TCHS hit 8-of-17 from the field. In the third quarter the Bulldogs turned the ball over seven times and made just 1-of-8 shots from the field. Arrington swished a 17-footer two minutes in and he hit a free throw 90 seconds later and that was all of the Bulldogs’ offense in the third period. Toombs County didn’t score for the final 4:29 of the quarter as Dublin reeled off nine straight points. Antoine Martin, who finished with 11 points, scored six in the run on a layup, a free throw and a 3-pointer and Dublin built up a 50-24 lead.

In the fourth quarter the Bulldogs went to the bench to give some of the B-teamers a chance to play against the defending state champs. Dublin continued to score off turnovers and won that quarter 18-7.

Other scoring for the Bulldogs- T.J. Smart 4 points, James Hawkins 3, Torrea Stokes 3, Terrence Johnson 2, C.J. Scott 2, Jerome Johnson 2, A.J. Fletcher 2 and Daniel NeSmith 1.

Toombs County controls overtime in win at Vidalia 

The Toombs County Bulldogs had to go back and win a game they thought they had already won. The Bulldogs let a five-point lead slip way in the final minute of regulation, but in overtime they rebounded and pulled out a 50-46 victory. Chase Arrington led Toombs County with 17 points. He was 6-of-13 from the field, 3-of-5 on 3-pointers and 2-of-3 at the free throw line. The win was the Bulldogs second in a row. Toombs is now 9-11 overall and 2-7 in the region.

The Bulldogs rallied from a seven-point deficit at the end of three quarters (33-26) with a 12-2 run. Arrington hit a 3-pointer, A.J. Fletcher a banker, Curry an inside shot and James Hawkins, who scored nine points, scored on an inbounds play and followed up a missed shot and put Toombs County up 38-35 midway through the final period. But Vidalia came back in the final minute of regulation. Terrence Jackson hit a 22-foot left wing 3-pointer to pull the Indians to within two points. With 13 seconds remaining Vidalia’s Chris Yarbrough was fouled. His first shot of a one-and-one went in and out and the Bulldogs who had been yielding offensive rebounds all game gave up one at a bad time. Jackson slipped in and grabbed the ball and scored with two seconds left to send the game to overtime tied at 41.

The Bulldogs shrugged off that game-tying sequence by hitting shots in overtime. T.J. Smart, who scored nine points off the bench, followed up a missed shot with a bucket to put Toombs County up 43-41 with 3:35 left in overtime. Then a minute later senior Frank Curry, who had ten points, drove down the baseline and scored to put the Bulldogs up by fours. A.J. Fletcher also drove to the basket and scored to up the lead to five and Smart was fouled and hit two free throws with two soft swishes to push the Bulldog’s advantage to seven with :41 seconds left. And even though Curry missed three of four free throws in the final 12 seconds there was no more drama in this game between old rivals.

It took both teams about a half to get into the flow of the game. Neither shot the ball well in the first half. Toombs County won the first quarter 7 to 3 by hitting just 2-of-10 shots and missing all five 3-pointers. Vidalia was 1-of-8 from the field and 0-for-3 on 3-balls. The scoring pace picked up in the second quarter as each team had a guard that got hot. For The Bulldogs it was Arrington, who started off the period by dribbling by two Indians and then swishing a 3-pointer. Vidalia’s Antonio Payne, who scored 12 points, answered Chase with a little razzle-dazzle. He used his quickness to blow by the Bulldogs defense and then when he went airborne the degree of difficulty, on two shots that were scored within 38 seconds of each other, was quite high. Arrington answered Payne by sinking a 15-footer off the dribble and scoring off a cut to the hoop. Chase scored seven points in the quarter and each team had 16 at the halftime break.

Early in the third quarter Payne scored two more tough buckets, the second with an underhanded shot, on the move, as Vidalia built up a 27-20 lead.. Meanwhile, Arrington swished a 3-pointer and Smart hit a 3-ball to pull Toombs County to within in three points. After a timeout Bulldog coach Donnie Arrington elected to go to a zone dense to stop all that dribble penetration.

Other Bulldog scoring included A.J. Fletcher with four points and Daniel NeSmith with one.

Toombs County gets hot in the second half in win over Wheeler County

The Toombs County Bulldogs shook off a cold shooting first half and behind the hot second half shooting of Chase Arrington beat Wheeler County 42-35 in Alamo. Arrington, a freshman guard, scored a career high 18 points including 13 in the second half. In the first half he was 2-for-5 from the field and 1-for-4 on 3-pointers. Those numbers improved greatly in second half as Arrington was 4-of-6 from the field and he hit 3 of his 4 3-point attempts. For the game he was 6-of-11 from the field, 4-of-8 on 3-balls and 2-of-4 from the free throw line. The victory ended the Bulldogs five game losing streak and improved their record to 8-12 overall.

In the first half, both teams were as cold, as the frigid air that is moving into Southeast Georgia this weekend. Toombs County connected on only 25% (5-20) of its field goal attempts and Wheeler was just a smidgen better at 29% (6-21). In one three minute stretch, of the second quarter, the two teams combined to miss 11-straight shots with Wheeler misfiring on seven of them. Toombs County did not score back-to-back buckets in the first half and had four scoreless droughts of 1:40 or longer. Wheeler County led 9-7 after the first quarter and 17-13 at half.

In the second half Toombs County corrected its shooting problems quickly and the Bulldogs shot 50% (9-18) from the field and 63% (5-8) on 3-pointers. They also slowed their turnover pace considerably. They had 10 in the first half and only four in the second. Torrea Stokes hit a right wing 3-pointer, 20 seconds in, and then Arrington followed with a left wing 3-ball a minute later to tie the game at 19. James Hawkins scored a inside bucket midway through the third to give Toombs its first lead of the game at 23-22. The two teams swapped the lead three times until Arrington hit two long left wing 3-pointers. The first tied the game at 30 with 6:17 to play and the second bomb put the Bulldogs up for good with 5:55 left. At this point young Arrington received the ultimate compliment, Wheeler took a timeout and then when play resumed put a Box-and-One defense on Chase.

A.J. Fletcher, who scored nine points, drove down the left baseline and scored to give Toombs County a six-point advantage at 36-30 with 5:00 remaining. But Wheeler didn’t cave in and the Bulldogs helped out by missing the front end of three one-and-ones in the final 2:25. Finally, with the game in jeopardy with 32 seconds to go, Arrington stepped to the free throw line and calmly swished two free throws to put the Bulldogs up by four. Fletcher added two more free shots with 19 seconds left on the clock to help Toombs reclaim that six point lead.

Other Bulldog scoring included Hawkins with eight points, Daniel NeSmith and Stokes each with three and Frank Curry had one.

Toombs County slows the pace in a loss at East Laurens

The young and much smaller Toombs County Bulldogs slowed their offensive pace against an East Laurens team that features a 6-foot-9 post player, but the end result was a 56-28 loss in East Dublin. The Bulldogs held the Falcons to 12 first quarter points. East Laurens pulled away with an 18-7 run in the second quarter. 

A.J. Fletcher led the Bulldogs with 8 points and 5 rebounds. Chase Arrington had 5 points and hit a 3-pointer, Frank Curry added 4 points, T.J. Smart 3 points, Daniel NeSmith 3 points, Jerome Johnson 3 points and 6 rebounds, Jamie Anthony 2 points and Terrence Johnson 5 rebounds and 1 block. 

Toombs County coach Donnie Arrington talks about the game  

Steven Black shoots lights out as Tattnall beats Toombs

Eighth ranked Tattnall County behind the strong offensive rebounding of Charles Agbakwu in the second quarter and the sizzling shooting of Steven Black in the third period beat Toombs County 64-42 in Lyons in a Region 4 game.

Agbakwu, a 6-foot-4 senior, who has had as many as 27 rebounds (16 on the offensive glass) in a game this season against Quad A Wayne County, had two offensive put backs in a 9-4 run in the second quarter that enabled the Battle Creek Warriors to open up a 32-21 halftime lead. Agbakwu finished with 11 points. Steven Black, a 5-foot-9 junior, scored 15 of his game high 25 in the third quarter as Tattnall outscored the Bulldogs 25-9 and opened up a 57-30 lead. Black hit 3-of-4 of his 3-point attempts, converted on a 3-point play, hit 10-footer and sank a free throw, all in the third quarter. Black hit his 3-balls from the right wing, the left baseline and off an in-bounds play. The Warriors were 7-of-11 from the field and 4-of-6 on 3-pointers in the third period.

The Bulldogs inside game was greatly effected by a one-minute stretch late in the first quarter when James Hawkins, a 6-foot-5 senior, picked up three fouls in less than a minute. The third whistle came on a charge. Toombs County made four of its 10 field goal attempts in the opening quarter including a Daniel NeSmith 3-pointer just seconds before the end of the period that cut the Warrior lead to 12-10.

Toombs County’s shooting percentage dropped as the game progressed. The Bulldogs were 4-of-12 from the field in the second quarter and while the Warriors were running off 14-straight points to start off the third quarter, Toombs went 0-for-6. Hawkins ended the Warriors run and scored the Bulldogs first points of the third period with an offensive follow with 3:35 left in the quarter.

In the fourth quarter both teams were playing reserves and at one point the two teams combined to miss 11 straight field goal attempts. Tattnall County was 21-of-43 (49%) from the field and 6-of-13 (46%) outside the arc. The Bulldogs 13-for-48 (27%) and 2-of-20 (10%) on 3-balls.

T.J. Smart, Torrea Stokes and Hawkins each scored eight points for the Bulldogs. NeSmith had six, Chase Arrington five, A.J. Fletcher three and Juan Johnson and Jamie Anthony each scored a bucket.  The Bulldogs are 7-10 overall and 1-6 in Region 4.

 

Bulldogs lose at Bleckely County

The Toombs County Bulldogs were beaten in Region 4 play, 53-34, by Bleckley County in a Friday night game in Cochran. James Hawkins was the Bulldogs' only double-digit scorer. The senior led the team with 13 points. T.J. Smart, Torrea Stokes and Chase Arrington each had five. Here is an audio report on the game with comments from head coach Donnie Arrington.  Audio

Dodge beats Toombs as McArthur scores 30 in his first trip to Lyons

For a young team, like the Toombs County Bulldogs, Region 4 offers some daunting challenges like playing Dublin, Dodge County, Bleckley County and Tattnall County in the span of 10 days. That stretch began, on Saturday, with a 34-point home loss to the Irish and on Tuesday, in Lyons, Garland McArthur scored 30 points as Dodge County broke away in the second quarter and beat Toombs County 66-43.

The game started with the Bulldogs matching Dodge bucket-for-bucket. Chase Arrington and Torrea Stokes hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give Toombs County a 10-8 lead with 4:24 to play in the first quarter. Then Stokes hit another 3-ball to tie the game at 13. Dodge ran off six straight points and then Arrington ended the quarter with a long right baseline 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded to cut the Indians‘ lead to 19-16. Toombs County stayed with Dodge by hitting 6-of-7 shots from the field and 4-of-5 from outside the arc.

Unfortunately, for the Bulldogs, 6-foot-5 senior center James Hawkins picked up his second foul with 25 seconds to play in the first quarter blocking a shot on a breakaway. Hawkins, who is the Dogs leading scorer at 11.6 points, scored only two points in limited play. With Hawkins on the bench, the Bulldogs slowed the pace of the game and pulled to within two points, at 22-20, on two A.J. Fletcher buckets. But then the Indians started an 11-0 run by forcing turnovers, hitting the offensive glass and getting to the free throw line. McArthur scored eight points in the rally by hitting a 3-pointer, converting on a 3-point play and by hitting two free throws. Arrington stopped the run by hitting a left baseline 3-pointer. The Indians led 36-25 at half. Dodge was 13-of-17 at the line in the first half, while Toombs was 2-of-2.

The Bulldogs turned the ball over nine times in the first half against the Indians’ tough man-to-man pressure and full court press. The turnover paced escalated in the third quarter (seven TCHS turnovers) as did the Indians domination of the offensive glass. McArthur started a 10-point period by scoring six straight points and two offensive rebounds led directly to a hoop and two free throws. He also hit an 18-footer and another shot in the paint as Dodge led 54-30 after three quarters. McArthur scored his final bucket with 6:24 to play in the game.

Dodge was 23-of-34 from the free throw line, while Toombs was 5-for-11. The Bulldogs had 21 turnovers and the Indians had 10.

Stokes led Toombs County (7-8 overall) (1-4 in Region 4) with 11 points, Arrington had 10, Fletcher 9, Jerome Johnson 4, Frank Curry 3, Nick Carrolle 3, Hawkins 2 and Alex Jenkins 1.

Toombs County coach Donnie Arrington discusses the game in this audio interview.  Audio  

Irish sizzle in win over the Bulldogs

The Dublin Irish, the defending Double A state champions, are beginning to round into form after a 1-4 start. The Irish jumped on Toombs County quickly and built up a 25-7 first quarter lead and they maintained a large advantage throughout in an 85-54 win in Lyons. Since the football players have joined the basketball team, the Irish have won seven of nine games. Dublin is 8-6 overall and at 4-0 is the only undefeated team in Region 4.  

Toombs County (7-7 overall and 1-3 in the region) started off the game in a 2-3 zone, but unfortunately for the Bulldogs it didn’t matter what the defensive philosophy was in the first half, because the Irish were hitting their shots. And you couldn’t key on one player because they were all dropping them in. Rashard Smith, who had a game high 22, scored 14 in the first half and he hit three 3-pointers. While the Irish were sizzling from the field, the Bulldogs were struggling to generate an offense against Dublin’s full court press. Toombs County turned the ball over 13 times in the first half and made just 6-of-23 (26%) shots from the field and the Dogs were 0-4 outside the arc. All those numbers added up to a 46-20 Dublin halftime lead.

In the second half a more confident group of Bulldogs were able to match Dublin point-for-point in the third quarter. The Irish had 19 and so did Toombs County. Torrea Stokes scored 6 of his 10 in the third, James Hawkins contributed five of his 12 and Chase Arrington scored five points in the third and he nailed a 3-ball. Arrington, who led Toombs with 13, connected on two more 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as the Bulldogs were outscored 20-15.

Coach Donnie Arrington discusses the Dublin game in this audio interview.  Audio

Stokes sparks Bulldogs in second half as Arrington wins 300th game

Torrea Stokes scored 10 of his game high 18 points in the third quarter as the Toombs County Bulldogs overcame a cold shooting first half in a 64-49 win over visiting Telfair County. The victory gave Toombs County head coach Donnie Arrington his 300th victory of his career and after the game he was honored with a ceremony that included a big banner, some kind words of appreciation, a game ball and cake for everybody.

Arrington’s Bulldogs started off the game as cold ice cream. Their first six shots were 3-ball misses. Toombs County (7-6) only hit three of its first 16 shots, but led 8-7 after a quarter. With his team struggling offensively, Arrington had to alter his intial game plan and throw a fullcourt press at the Trojans. The pressure forced Telfair into 14 first half turnovers and 19 in the game.

The now more aggressive Bulldogs made two runs in the second quarter. The first was a solo act by T.J. Smart, who came off the bench and hit the Bulldogs’ first 3-pointer, followed by two free throws and a put back, giving him seven points in 45 seconds and his team a 15-12 lead. Toombs County finished the first half with a mad dash and a 12 -4 run. The Dogs hit 4-of-7 shots. Stokes scored six points in the run and A.J. Fletcher had four as Toombs County led 27-18 at halftime.

While it took Toombs County nine minutes and 10 seconds to make a 3-pointer in the first half, it took Stokes only took 35 seconds to nail two 3-balls at the start off the second half. Stokes also had a steal and a bucket in the first 53 seconds of the third quarter as Toombs opened up a 35-20 lead. Stokes, Chase Arrington and Alton Bass each drove to the hoop to increase the Bulldogs lead to 43-22 with 4:03 to play in the third.

Telfair made a 19-6 run at the end of the third quarter and into the fourth that cut the Dogs lead to 49-41 with 4:58 to play. Four of the Trojans buckets in the run were scored off dribble penetration. So Toombs switched to a zone and finished the game strong. Toombs County wound up shooting 41% (22-54) from the field and the Bulldogs were 5-20 outside the arc. Arrington scored 14 points, James Hawkins 9, Smart 7, Fletcher 6, Frank Curry 4, Bass 4 and freshman Jerome Johnson scored his first varsity bucket on a 15-footer. John Jarrett and Mike Smith each scored 14 for Telfair.

Bulldogs Frank Curry, T.J. Smart, Torrea Stokes and Chase Arrington talk about the win and coach Donnie Arrington discusses the game and his 300th victory.  Audio

Toombs County sputters in the fourth quarter in loss to Bleckley County

A late game offensive lull doomed the Toombs County Bulldogs in their first game of the New Year. Visiting Bleckley County outscored the Bulldogs 15-5 in the fourth quarter as the Royals overcame a five point second half deficit to win 50-45.

The Bulldogs were expecting to face a Bleckley team with Carl Hall manning the post. However, Hall was serving a one-game suspension and he didn’t make the trip to Lyons. So instead of having to counter a big guy who can pass and score, Toombs had to match up with a smaller team of scorers who were able to generate a lot their offense of turnovers.

The Bulldogs turned the ball over six times in the first quarter and Donjay Jackson, who led the Royals with 21 points, scored all eight of his first quarter points after Bulldog mistakes and his bucket with 1:36 to play in the first gave the Royals their largest lead at 23-13.

Toombs County coach Donnie Arrington called a timeout and immediately the Dogs went on a nice run. They didn’t turn the ball over for five straight minutes while the guards starting sinking their long shots. Chase Arrington led Toombs County on an 18-2 run. Arrington, who hit double-digits with 10 points, dropped in two 3-pointers and two free throws in the rally. Torrea Stokes, who drilled three 3-balls in a 2-minute span in the first quarter, also hit a second quarter bomb and he finished with 12 points on four 3-pointers. A.J. Fletcher, who scored eight points, hit a 3-pointer that tied the game at 25 and James Hawkins who led Toombs County with 12 points also contributed two buckets in the run as Toombs County opened up a 31-27 halftime advantage.

Bleckley County started off the second half with a 6-1 run and the Royals took a 33-32 lead. After another Bulldog timeout Toombs finished the third quarter with an 8-2 run. Fletcher hit a couple of short shots and Frank Curry scored his only two points of the game off a drive and Hawkins followed up his own miss to give the Bulldogs a 40-35 lead after three quarters.

The game was decided in the final period as the Bulldogs, who only turned the ball over once in the third quarter, gave it away five times in the fourth. Jackson hit a 10-footer to tie the game at 40 with 5:15 to play. Then Akensio Lindsey, who scored 15 points, put the Royals up for good with a shot over Hawkins with 3:35 left. Toombs County played the first six and a half minutes of the fourth without scoring a point. Hawkins finally ended the scoring drought with an inside shot to pull Toombs to within four points. Fletcher hit his second 3-pointer to chop the Royals led to three. After Bleckley missed a free throw Hawkins lost the ball driving into the lane and Lindsey ended the scoring with a couple of late free throws. Toombs was outscored 15-5 in the fourth quarter.

The 6-6 Bulldogs turned the ball over 15 times compared to the Royals' 13. Toombs made eight 3-pointers compared to Bleckley's three.  

Indians beat Bulldogs on the neutral court

It wasn’t a region game and there was less than a half full house at Brewton Parker College, but it was Toombs County versus Vidalia and both teams played with intensity, as expected, in a consolation round match up in the Barons’ Holiday Classic. The difference in the game was finishing offensively and Vidalia excelled in that category in a 50-44 win.

Less than 13 days after the Bulldogs beat The Indians in a come from behind effort, the Dogs found themselves trailing once gain. The largest deficit in the first game was 13 points and in this rematch the Bulldogs found themselves down 15-3 after the first quarter as the Indians were able to run and score off the Dogs’ missed shots. Toombs County began a slow come back in the second quarter as James Hawkins scored six of his team high 16 in that period and TCHS outscored Vidalia 10-7 and trailed 22-13 at half. Hawkins scored in double digits in all three tournament games (14 versus Lanier County and 12 against Montgomery County).

The offensive pace for both teams picked up in the third quarter and so did the 3-point shooting. Toombs County’s Torrea Stokes and Vidalia’s Justin Glasper exchanged 3-balls in one brief segment. Stokes hit one, then Glasper matched him and Torrea one-upped him with a right wing bomb. Glasper tried to even the score on the next possession, but he missed off the iron and that ended that. Stokes had a dozen points and he scored in double digits in two of the three tourney games. The Bulldogs won the quarter 15-13 and trailed 35-28 going to the fourth.

The Indians pushed their advantage back to 14 points three minutes into the fourth. The two dominant scorers in the final period were Hawkins for the Bulldogs and Terrence Jackson for Vidalia. Hawkins scored 6 of his teams 16 fourth quarter points and the 6-foot-5 post player even stepped out and swished a left wing 3-pointer as Toombs County rallied but they never got closer than the final margin which was six points. Jackson led Vidalia with 13 and he scored eight of his team’s 15 final period points. Craig Waring finished with 10 and Glasper nine.

Other scoring for the 6-5 Bulldogs included A.J. Fletcher and Chase Arrington with six points (two 3-pointers), Frank Curry had 2 and T.J. Smart 2.

 

Eagles holdoff Bulldogs in BPC semifinals

The Toombs County Bulldogs spent more than a half trying to take the lead against the Montgomery County Eagles and when they finally did, the Eagles broke away late in the third quarter and won this second round game in the Brewton Parker Holiday Classic 45-38.

The Bulldogs scored their first bucket just 31 seconds into the game on a drive by James Hawkins and then they didn’t score again for the next 12 minutes and eight seconds. Down 16-2 with 4:39 to play in the second quarter, A.J. Fletcher hit a free throw to stop the scoreless streak and then suddenly the Bulldogs started a big 14-2 run. Chase Arrington scored seven points in the run and he hit the Bulldogs first 3-pointer in nearly a game and a half (Toombs went 0-11 on 3-pointers in the first round win over Lanier County). Also contributing to the 3:48 rally was Fletcher, Hawkins and Torrea Stokes who each scored a deuce.

The Bulldogs took two 2-point leads in the third quarter.  Stokes put TCHS up 22-20 with 5:33 left with a 15-foot swish and then he drove to the bucket and scored to put the Bulldogs up 24-22 with 3:55 left in the third. But it was time for another turning point. Montgomery County ended the quarter with an 8-0 run and then suddenly in the fourth quarter the Dogs couldn’t hit their inside shots and the Eagles took advantage.

Hawkins scored eight of his team high 12 points in the fourth quarter and he collected a season high 17 rebounds. Arrington added nine points and Fletcher had 7, Stokes 6 and T.J. Smart 4. Frank Curry didn't score, but the guard had five assists and three steals. The 6-4 Bulldogs had a four game winning streak stopped.    

The Eagles were led by Justin Patterson who scored 12, including eight in the second half. Ikea Brown was very accurate inside and he also added a dozen points.

Scoring by quarters:

Montgomery Co.  10- 8-12-15- 45

Toombs County     2-14- 8-14- 38

Toombs County will play Vidalia for third place on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. and Montgomery County takes on Charlton County for the championship at 7:30.

Bulldogs survive on the day after Christmas

It is tough to get back in the groove on the day after Christmas, whether it be going back to work or playing a basketball game. The Toombs County Bulldogs had not played a game in a week and they had only practiced twice in seven days, one of those practices was the morning of their opening round game in the Brewton Parker Holiday Classic. The Bulldogs, who never trailed in the game, survived a rash of second half turnovers and poor perimeter shooting and beat Lanier County 43-37.

The Bulldogs, who have now won four games in a row, took control of the game in the fourth quarter with a decisive 10-4 run that offset Lanier tying the game at 33 on a 3-pointer by Jeremy Ryan with six minutes to play. Toombs was able to score in the open court and in transition. Torrea Stokes, who scored 10 points and had four steals, hit a couple of free throws with 4:11 to play put Toombs County up for good. Then Stokes hit Chase Arrington with a nice feed that turned into an easy layup. 18 seconds later Stokes had a steal and dribbled in for an easy layup and the Bulldogs were up 39-33 with 2:27 to play.

In their last two victories over Claxton and Bryan County, the Bulldogs were a team that was hitting 3-pointers and going off on double-digit runs. Against Lanier County Toombs went 0-for-11 on its 3-point tries and the team’s longest run was 7-0. The Bulldogs were much more efficient on their 2-point shooting. TCHS shot 59% (16-27) on the short shots and 42% (16-38) overall for the game.     

The Bulldogs took off on a 6-0 run in the first quarter and opened up an 8-2 lead using a 1-3-1 offensive set versus Lanier’s 3-2 zone defense. Toombs County, up 10-6 after a quarter, went on a 7-0 run in the second quarter and built up a 19-9 advantage. James Hawkins, who led the Bulldogs with 14 points and nine rebounds, scored inside on a strong move to the bucket off a pass from Alton Bass, Stokes had a steal a layup and he hit two free throws and Arrington dropped in a free shot to make up the Dogs’ longest run of the day. But that double-digit lead evaporated quickly as Lanier’s Devonte Flowers hit a 3-pointer with 2:35 to play in the half and then another on the move and at the buzzer that cut Toombs County’s lead to 22-17 at halftime.

The third quarter consisted of a lot turnovers (eight by Toombs and four by Lanier) and poor shooting. The two teams combined for just 17 points. Stokes hit a soft 10-footer, Arrington scored on a layup off a feed from Frank Curry, Hawkins scored inside and Alton Bass bulled his way inside for two to make up the Bulldogs eight point quarter.

Other scoring for the 6-3 Bulldogs included: Curry and Arrington with six points, A.J. Fletcher had four, Bass with two and T.J. Smart one.   

Toombs County will play Montgomery County on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the semifinals. Montgomery County beat Southeast Bulloch and Charlton County defeated Vidalia 70-64 in double overtime in Tuesday action. In other games on Wednesday, Vidalia and Lanier County play at 1:30 and Charlton and Southeast Bulloch square off at 4:30.  

Bombs away in Bryan County

In their first seven games of the season, The Toombs County Bulldogs lacked consistency shooting their 3-pointers. But on the road at Bryan County the Bulldogs hit nine 3-balls in a 55-39 win over the Redskins.

Freshman guard Chase Arrington hit five 3-pointers and scored all 17 of his points in the first half as Toombs county opened up at 34-20 at the break. Bulldog coach Donnie Arrington said, “We came out a little flat defensively, but shoot the ball really well.”

In the second half Bryan County rallied and tied the game at 39 with 4:30 to play in the fourth quarter. Toombs County countered by finishing with a 16-0 run. Torrea Stokes hit three 3-balls and scored 15 points and James Hawkins added 11.

The 5-3 Bulldogs have now won three straight games over Vidalia, Claxton and Bryan County after losing three straight to Claxton, Wheeler County and Dodge County. Also, Toombs County winds up with a sweep of Bryan County. The Bulldogs beat the Redskins 60-58 in Lyons.

Up next the Bulldogs will play three games in the Brewton Parker College Christmas Tournament. Toombs County will open up against Class A Lanier County on Tuesday, December 26 at 1:30 p.m.

Bulldogs follow up Vidalia win with a victory over Claxton

Less than 24 hours after the Toombs County Bulldogs overcame a 14-point deficit to beat Vidalia, those same Bulldogs found themselves in a position of having to protect a 21-point first half lead. Toombs went on a 10-0 and a 14-0 run in the opening half of a 57-49 home win over Claxton.

After three early turnovers, the Bulldogs found their offensive rhythm against the Tigers’ zone, which gave them fits two weeks earlier in a 56-46 loss in Claxton. Torrea Stokes hit a left wing 3-pointer and a right wing 21-foot 3-ball to put Toombs up 8-0. Stokes hit double-digits with 14 points. The Bulldogs beat the Tigers 2-2-1 zone press for an easy James Hawkins’ bucket to finish off the game opening 10-0 run with three minutes remaining in the first quarter. Hawkins led Toombs County with 16 points and 15 rebounds.

Hawkins scored 6 points in the 14-0 run, which covered 4 minutes and 1 second of game time in the first and second quarter. The 6-foot-5 senior hit two free throws, took a long feed from Frank Curry and scored inside and he followed up a teammates miss to put Toombs County up 24-3 with 3:19 to play in the first half. Chase Arrington also hit a 3-pointer and scored off a creative drive to the hoop in the game’s longest run. Claxton halted the Bulldog’s momentum with a pair of 3-pointers. TCHS led 27-12 at halftime.

One thing about having a big lead, is the burden of protecting it. The Tigers Damian Brewton has excellent range and he hit two 3-pointers in 58 seconds to spark a 9-2 run that allowed the Tigers to pull to within 40-31 at the end of the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter the Bulldogs were able to run their open post offense against the Tigers man-to-man defense and the guards were able to penetrate and score. Stokes tallied on two trips into the paint and Curry scooted to the bucket once as Toombs pushed its led to 15. But the Tigers made one more run. Brewton hit another bomb and Cory Greene hit a 10-footer to cut the Bulldog’s advantage down to eight.

Other scoring for Toombs County (4-3, 1-1) included- Curry 9, Arrington 6, A.J. Fletcher 4, T.J. Smart 3, Alton Bass 2, Nick Carroll 2 and Daniel NeSmith 1.

Toombs County was 11-18 (61%) at the free throw line, while Claxton was 4-10 (40%). Toombs County had 13 turnovers and Claxton nine.

Claxton                3- 9- 19- 18--47

Toombs County 12-15-13- 17--57

Bulldogs come from way, way back to beat Vidalia

The Bulldogs- a team that wouldn't quit  

It was a slow, but steady climb. It took the Toombs County Bulldogs 26 minutes and seven seconds to overcome a 14-point deficit and beat the Vidalia Indians 43-42 in Lyons.

The Bulldogs held the Indians scoreless for a 5:43 span in the fourth quarter, allowing the Toombs offense to go on an 11-0 run. Forward A.J. Fletcher, who played every minute of the game, scored five points in the rally. Center James Hawkins added two points on a follow-up which allowed the guards to hit the free throws to put the Dogs on top for good. Torrea Stokes made both ends of a one and one to give Toombs County its first lead of the night, at 41-39, with 1:03 to play. Vidalia had a chance to tie the game with 55 seconds to go. Terrence Jackson was fouled on a drive into the lane. As Jackson stepped to the line to shoot a pair of free throws, the Toombs County fans became very vocal and raised their decibel level to their game high. Jackson missed both shots and Fletcher collected the rebound. Then 33 seconds later Chase Arrington was fouled and he dropped in two more free throws (the first swished, the second trickled in) to give the Bulldogs a 43-39 advantage. Justin Glasper swished a tough 3-pointer to pull the Indians to within one point with 16 seconds remaining. Then the Bulldogs missed two free throws with 10 seconds left on the clock, but Hawkins sealed the Dogs come from behind win with a steal in the waning seconds.

Vidalia built up its double digit lead in the opening quarter. The Indians went on an 8-0 run and lead 14-4 after a period. In the second quarter Vidalia pushed the lead even higher. The Bulldogs missed their first two shots and turned the ball over to start of the second period and the Indians took advantage. Terrence Jackson banked in a 3-pointer to put Vidalia up 17-4 and later Glasper assisted on Craig Waring’s breakaway bucket that gave the Indians their biggest lead at 22-8 with 4:50 to play in the half.

Toombs County started a key 14-6 run with 4:30 to play in the half. Daniel NeSmith came off the Bulldog bench and grabbed an offensive rebound and stuck it back in and was fouled. NeSmith’s 3-point play was followed 90 seconds later by a 21-foot 3-pointer by Stokes. Nick Carroll hit a couple of free throws, NeSmith had another 3-point play off an offensive rebound and Stokes nailed another 3-pointer as the Bulldogs cut the big Vidalia lead down to something much more manageable, a 30-25 deficit at the half.

The Bulldogs trailed by as many as eight points twice in the third quarter, but Stokes hit a 3-pointer and Toombs County finished the third period with a 6-0 run and trailed 36-22 going to fourth quarter.

Stokes hit three 3-pointers and led Toombs County, now 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the region, with 12 points, Fletcher had 9, NeSmith 7, Frank Curry 4, Hawkins 4, Arrington 4, Carroll 3. Glasper topped Vidalia, 3-4 and 0-2, with 14 while Jackson added 10.

Neither team shot free throws well.  Toombs County made 12-22 (55%) while Vidalia made only 3-11 (27%). Cut Toombs did make 5-of-8 (63%) free throws in the final two minutes of the game. The Indians had 20 turnovers and the Bulldogs 16.   

Vidalia               14- 16- 6-  6-- 42

Toombs County  4- 21- 7- 11-- 43

In the B-team game, the Bulldogs trailed 18-3 at the half, but Toombs County rallied and made it close. The Bulldogs were shooting for the lead with 1:30 to play. Vidalia won the game 35-30. Jerome Johnson, a 5-foot-10 freshman, led the Bulldogs with 15.

Bulldogs open Region 4 play with loss at Dodge County

The Toombs County Bulldogs opened their Region schedule with a 56-22 loss at Dodge County. The young Bulldogs hung in the game with the veteran Indians in the opening quarter and trailed 14-8 after the first period. But in the second quarter, the Indians turned up their defensive pressure and outscored Toombs 16-2 to take a 30-10 halftime lead. The Bulldogs had 19 turnovers at halftime.

In the third quarter the Bulldogs handled the pressure better and were only outscored 12 to 6. Dodge won the fourth quarter 14-6.

Chase Arrington led Toombs County with eight points. The freshman had two buckets and was 4-of-4 at the free throw line. For the season, Arrington is 20-27 from the line and is shooting 74%. Juan Johnson and James Hawkins each scored four points while Torrea Stokes, T.J. Smarts and Terrence Johnson each had two.

The 2-3 Bulldogs will play their second region game, on Friday night at 8:30, versus Vidalia in Lyons.

Bulldogs lose to Wheeler County in overtime

Wheeler County outscored Toombs County 6-0 in overtime to pull out a 55-49 victory in Lyons. Wheeler's Ja Michael McCloud, who scored 14 points, hit a 10-foot baseline jumper with 3:30 left in overtime and T.T. Gillis hit four free throws in the final minute while Toombs County turned the ball over three times in the extra four-minute period.

Toombs County had to rally in the fourth quarter from a five-point deficit, in the final 2:15 of regulation, just to send the game to extra time. Torrea Stokes hit four free throws in an eight-second span to cut the Wheeler lead to one. Wheeler hit a free throw to put the Bulldogs down by two and then Toombs County turned the ball over with 58 seconds remaining. Wheeler was trying to kill the clock when T.J. Fletcher came up with a steal and he raced the length of the court for the game tying layup with 22 seconds left in regulation.

For a second straight game the Toombs County Bulldogs saw more zone than man-to-man defense. The Bulldogs missed their first six 3-point attempts against Wheeler’s 1-2-2 zone. But the Bulldogs were able to move the ball around and go on an 8-3 run at the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second to take a 16-9 lead. Alton Bass scored all four of his points in the run. Toombs County held on to the lead until the waining moments of the half when McCloud put Wheeler up by one with a steal and a dunk. Frank Curry answered by quickly pushing the ball up court to set up his right wing 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded. The Bulldogs led 26-24 at half.

In the third quarter the Bulldogs followed up the Curry three with back-to-back 3-pointers from the left wing by freshman Chase Arrington. Later Stokes stole the ball and went the length of the court for a layup that put the Bulldogs up 35-26 with 2:26 left in the quarter. But just like in the second quarter, Toombs County didn’t finish out the third period strong and Wheeler County rallied with a 5-0 run to give Toombs a 35-31 lead going to the fourth.

In the final period Toombs County had to play without leading scorer James Hawkins. The 6-foot-5 senior fouled out with 24 seconds left in the third quarter on a disputed fifth foul. With Hawkins out, the Bulldogs had to use a small lineup. Wheeler countered by emphasizing its inside game. Kalip Chapman, who scored 14 points, hit a shot and was fouled and his three-point play put Wheeler up for the first time in the second half at 41-40 with 3:39 to play. McCloud scored an inside bucket and a free throw for another three-point play that gave Wheeler its largest lead in regulation at 48-43.

Stokes and Arrington each led the 2-2 Bulldogs in scoring with 13 points. Other Toombs County scoring included- Curry 5, Fletcher 4, Hawkins 4, Bass 4, T.J. Smart 4 and Juan Johnson 2.

Wheeler County 9- 15- 7- 18- 6-- 55

Toombs County 14- 12- 9- 14- 0-- 49

In B-team action- coach Barry Waller's Toombs County Bulldogs improved to 3-0 with a 40-23 win over Wheeler County. The Dogs were led by a pair of freshmen. C.J. Scott and Alex Jenkins each scored nine points

 Bulldogs suffer first loss of the season at Claxton

In football you normally get a week to enjoy a win, in high school basketball you sometimes barely get a day.  Less than 24 hours after an 18-point home win over Bryan County, the Toombs County Bulldogs dropped their first game of the season 56-46 at Claxton.

A decisive 11-0 run at the end of the third quarter and early in the fourth allowed the Tigers to break open a close game in which the biggest lead in the first half for both teams was only three points.

In the first quarter there were only four total field goals, three by Claxton and the Tigers led 6-5 after one.  The Tigers were playing zone and the Bulldogs countered with their man defense.  In the first period Toombs County tried to shoot over the zone, but the 3-pointers wouldn’t fall.  In the second quarter the Bulldogs tried to penetrate into the zone and get the ball to James Hawkins, who scored 26 points against Bryan County on Friday.  Hawkins scored his first point of the night with 5:23 to play in the second quarter on a free throw that put Toombs up 9-6.  However, less than two minutes later Hawkins had to take a seat on the bench after picking up his third foul, two of which were whistled within 14 seconds of each other.  Chris Bellamy came off the Claxton bench and scored seven points and his Tigers led 17-16 at halftime.  Toombs County was 6 of 17 from the free throw line in the first half.

In the third quarter Claxton added a 2-2-1 zone press to its defensive arsenal and the Bulldogs, who only turned the ball over three times in the first half, lost possession of the basketball 15 times in the second half.  Hawkins scored his first field goal with 2:40 left in the third quarter to tie the game at 23 and James followed up a miss, a minute later, to cut the Tiger lead to one.  But at that point Claxton bolted away for good.  Corey Greene hit two 3-pointers, Damian Brewton hit two free throws and Mario Jones scored off a turnover as the Tigers ran off 10-points in seventy-two seconds.  And while all this was going on Hawkins picked up his fourth foul.

Claxton scored the first point of the fourth quarter before the Bulldogs finally stopped the 11-0 run with a Juan Johnson free throw.  The Bulldogs trailed by as many as 15-points in the final quarter until Hawkins got busy and scored eight points in three minutes as Toombs County pulled to within eight points at 50-42 with 1:30 to go.

Brewton led Claxton with 17 points.  Bellamy, Jones and Greene each added 10.  Hawkins scored 17 to lead the 2-1 Bulldogs.  Other  Toombs County scoring included- Chase Arrington 5, Xavier Holland 5, Frank Curry 4, Torrea Stokes 4, A.J. Fletcher 4, Juan Johnson 3, Nick Carroll 3, Daniel NeSmith 1.

Hawkins' double-double helps Bulldogs win home opener 

Senior James Hawkins recorded his first career double-double, 26 points and 12 rebounds, as the Toombs County Bulldogs (2-0) opened up their home schedule with a 60-48 win over Bryan County.

The 6-foot-5 Hawkins set the tone early.  He opened the game with an and 1, an inside shot and free throw. Hawkins scored seven points in the first quarter and the Bulldogs were up 16-10 after the first period.  Despite a rash, a bad rash of turnovers, Toombs County never trailed in the first half.  The Bulldogs turned the ball over 17 times in the first half and nine in the second.  Toombs County led by as many as 10-points in the first half.  But those pesky turnover allowed the Redskins to cut the lead to 27-24 at half.

Bryan County surged ahead early in the third quarter and took a 32-29 lead.  But the Dogs rallied as A.J. Fletcher and Hawkins scored inside and Xavier Holland hit a 3-pointer outside.  Toombs County was up 38-34 after three quarters.

In the final period Bryan County tied the game at 38-all on a 30-foot bomb by Alkeem Collins.  Collins hit four 3-pointers and led the Redskins with 18 points.  But Toombs County went on a 13-0 run with four Bulldogs scoring.  Hawkins hit five free throws in the rally and assisted on an inside bucket for Torrea Stokes, which with a Bryan County foul, turned into a three-point play.  Chase Arrington and A.J. Fletcher each contributed a bucket in the decisive run.  Hawkins finished the game strong hitting a 7-footer, a tap-in and a free throw.

Arrington and Stokes each scored in double-figures for a second straight game. Arrington had 12 points and Stokes 10. Holland scored 5, Fletcher 4, Alton Bass 2 and T.J. Smart 1. Point guard Frank Curry didn’t score but he did dish out 9 assists. Toombs County collected 31 rebounds in the game.

In B-team action, nine young Bulldogs scored as Toombs County beat Bryan County 34-23.  

 Bulldogs open season with a low scoring victory at Telfair County

They didn’t score a lot, but the Toombs County Bulldogs scored enough to win a season opening game, 31-27, at Telfair County on Tuesday night.  Guards Torrea Stokes and Chase Arrington combined to score all 13 of the Bulldogs fourth quarter points.

Stokes, a 5-foot-4 junior, had a game high 12 points including nine in the final period.  He scored two buckets in the lane and hit a 3-pointer that tied the game at 25.  Arrington hit a 3-pointer with 3:18 to play to put Toombs up 28-25.  The Bulldogs would never trail as Stokes nailed two free throws and Arrington one free shot late in the fourth quarter.

Arrington, a 5-foot-9 freshman making his varsity debut, also drove to the bucket twice and finished with 10 points.  James Hawkins, a 6-foot-5 senior, scored eight points and made his presence known on the boards, especially in the second half when he collected seven rebounds.

Telfair won the first quarter 9 to 4.  The Bulldog outscored the Trojans 7-6 in the second and third quarters and 13 to 6 in the fourth.  Telfair (0-2) led 15-11 at halftime.

Here is an audio story with game highlights and interviews with Stokes and Chase and coach Donnie Arrington.  Audio

Archived audio play-by-play of the Toombs County at Telfair County game

First Quarter         

Bulldogs beat Richmond Hill 58-50 in a scrimmage 

Toombs County High School scrimmaged at Richmond Hill last Tuesday and the young Bulldogs got off to a good start and played well in a 58-50 win.  Toombs County opened up a 29-16 halftime lead and when Richmond Hill was trying to comeback in the second half, Torrea Stokes, a 5-foot-4 junior, hit back-to-back three-pointers to turn back the Wildcats.

Xavier Holland, a 5-6 sophomore guard, led the Bulldogs in scoring with 19 points.  5-foot-9 freshman shooting guard Chase Arrington had 15 and Stokes added 9.