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Toombs Wins 3 Of 4 Games

Courtesy of TCHS

The Toombs County High School Bulldogs basketball teams faced off with Southeast Bulloch and Appling County last week on the hardcourt.

Girls vs. SE Bulloch

The Lady Bulldogs had a tough time against the Yellow Jackets. Toombs could not get the offense going s they dropped the game 49-21.

Boys vs. SE Bulloch

The Hoop Dawgs went on the road and picked up a victory against Southeast Bulloch on Tuesday night, holding on and escaping with a 55-52 win.

The first quarter started out fast with both teams coming out scoring early and often. Jesus Quintero got the scoring going early with a lay-up and a three pointer, and the highlight of the first quarter was a thunderous put back dunk from Dominic Eason which brought the crowd to its feet. Hot shooting for both teams had the score knotted up at 16-16 at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter was somewhat the opposite of the first, with neither team shooting as well. After each team scored 16 in the first quarter, the Dawgs outscored SEB 8-2 in the second quarter, which made the score 24-18 in favor of the Dawgs at halftime.

In the third quarter, both teams got going offensively again, and the pace of the game picked up. Scoring went back and forth throughout the quarter, and the Bulldogs started to pull away thanks to some timely shooting. Three pointers from Cam Faison, Braylan McMillian, and a buzzer-beater by Jesus Quintero had the Dawgs up 45-34 at the end of the third quarter.

The fourth quarter started out with the Dawgs controlling the game, but SEB continued to battle back and kept chipping away at the lead. Holding tight down the stretch to a slim lead, SEB had the ball and made a basket to cut it to a 3-point game with under 30 seconds to go. After running the clock down a little, SEB had to foul and sent Cam Faison to the free throw line to shoot a 1 and 1. Unable to connect on the front end, SEB had the ball with 10 seconds to go in the game and a chance to tie. After a timeout, the Dawgs played great defense and forced SEB into a tough shot that went wide of the rim and missed as the buzzer sounded. Both Jesus Quintero and Marion James guarded their man well in the possession and kept SEB from getting a good look.

The Dawgs were led tonight by Dominic Eason with 17pts, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 blocks. Jesus Quintero had 10pts and 5 rebounds. Demetrius Cutler had 8pts and 12 rebounds. Mike Polke had 5pts, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists.

Girls vs. Appling

The Lady Bulldogs picked up their third win of the season as they took the trip to Baxley to play the Lady Pirates. Toombs held on to get a one-point win, 46-45, over Appling to move to 3-9 on the year and 1-2 in Region play.

Boys vs. Appling

On Friday night, the Hoop Dawgs got back to region play on the road against Appling County, and the Dawgs were able to make the trip to Baxley a really good one.

The first quarter was very entertaining for the fans, as both teams were able to score early and often. Mike Polke was able to get the scoring going early for the Dawgs and scored five points by himself. Jesus Quintero chipped in a couple early baskets as well. The game was fast-paced early on, and the Dawgs were able to hold on to a slim margin after the first quarter with a score of 22-19.

In the second quarter, the defense settled in and did a good job of slowing Appling County down. Toombs’ offense wasn’t completely clicking, but they were able to get some scoring going to help extend the lead heading into halftime. At halftime, the Dawgs led 34–23.

The third and fourth quarters were when the defense continued to play well, the offense started clicking, and the Dawgs started attacking the rim. These quarters were full of thunderous dunks that brought the crowd to their feet. Marion James had a powerful put-back dunk off of a missed shot that got the crowd going. A couple of possessions later, coming down in transition, Jesus Quintero connected with Dominic Eason on an alley-oop, and Eason dunked over an Appling defender. A minute later, the same two connected on another alley-oop, giving the fans a show. The Dawgs were much better offensively in the second half and continued to defend well, outscoring Appling 44-25 in the second half. The lead was increased to as much as 33 points. The final score was 78–48.

The Dawgs had four players in double figures scoring and were led by Dominic Eason, who had 21 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 blocks. Demetrius Cutler had 13 points and 6 rebounds, Jesus Quintero had 12 points and 3 assists, and Marion James had 10 points and 8 rebounds.

This week the Bulldogs hosted Tattnall County on Tuesday after presstime. They will be back in action on Friday with Windsor Forest coming to town at 6:00 p.m. On Saturday Toombs will host Claxton at 1:00 p.m.

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