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Thomson coach Michael Thomas gets win No. 500

Thomson 101, Harlem 36

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THOMSON — Once the final basket counted and the last horn sounded, the celebration commenced.

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Thomson's Sturgis Biquavious pretends to button up the jacket of coach Michael Thomas in the final seconds of the win over Harlem on Tuesday night. Thomas, who began his coaching career in 1982, picked up his 500th career victory in a blowout.  Chris Thelen/Staff
Chris Thelen/Staff
Thomson's Sturgis Biquavious pretends to button up the jacket of coach Michael Thomas in the final seconds of the win over Harlem on Tuesday night. Thomas, who began his coaching career in 1982, picked up his 500th career victory in a blowout.

TEAM PAGE: Thomson Bulldogs

They broke 100 in No. 500.

The Thomson boys basketball team routed Harlem, 101-36, on Tuesday night to give coach Michael Thomas the 500th victory of his career.

“We had to get (100) for him,” said John Atkins, who had a game-best 17 points for Thomson.

It was obvious from the start that Thomas, who began coaching in 1982, wouldn’t need a second chance to get No. 500.

Thomson led by 16 after the first quarter and proceeded to score a combined 61 points in the second and third periods.

Later, after another Harlem turnover, Thomson got an easy score to surpass the 100-point mark.

After the win, McDuffie County Schools Superintendent Jim LeBrun announced that today will be Michael Thomas Day in Thomson.

The players joined in the honoring of Thomas by signing a basketball to commemorate the win and also by wearing white T-shirts made for the special occasion.

“It will be vindication,” Thomas said of the win. “We didn’t need it. But to others, especially outside the area, it’s a confirmation of doing it the right way.”

Thomas thanked current and past players, assistants, parents and fans for their support and involvement on the path to 500.

The most recent win came courtesy of 12 players recording a field goal, with five scoring in double-figures.

Along with forcing turnovers and racing down the floor, Thomson (13-1) dominated inside as Harlem had no answer for the pressure.

Zavian Smith, a Thomson graduate and former player, was one of many of Thomas’ supporters in attendance.

“I appreciate everything he’s done for us,” Smith said. “He’s very committed, very dedicated. He deserves it.”

In the girls game, Thomson made quick work of Harlem, holding the visitors without a point for almost the first 15 minutes of the game in the 54-12 romp. Aleisha Johnson lead Thomson with 13 points.

Harlem didn’t score until Thomson (8-5) had already put up 36 points.

Two three-point plays by Brittany Reid in the first half only padded the already-huge advantage, with Harlem often ending possessions with turnovers instead of shots.

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augfootballfan
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augfootballfan 01/11/12 - 07:50 am
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congrats coach, but a 65

congrats coach, but a 65 point win??? cmon man. Seems like the Thomson basketball team is taking sportsmanship lessons from its football team. How did that seem to work out for you?? Dont tell me,, well they played everyone and junk like that. To score 100 in high school hoops,, you have to be trying to score 100. Poor sportsmanship...

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beep beep 01/11/12 - 08:31 am
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Along with sportsmanship,

Along with sportsmanship, there is a word called CLASS!! Why would you show up a team that obviously was not as good as you are. Someone with class would call the dogs off and have a little respect for the other coach and team. 100 points was that really necessary??

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littlecoach 01/11/12 - 08:54 am
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OK really. So the entire team

OK really. So the entire team should practice hard and players that dont normally get the chance to play should feel sorry for the other team. Really!??!! Good job bench, you deserve to give your best also!

augfootballfan
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augfootballfan 01/11/12 - 09:56 am
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no problem with giving your

no problem with giving your best. But there is no class in coaching anymore and seems like it is running rampant in Thomson Athletics. Do the same against other teams also if you want to prove something. You wait until you play Harlem,, who lets face it,,, is a A school,, and then try to score 100. You can put in your bench,, run the offense, pass the ball and still score. Running fast break after fast break to try to score 100 on an inferior program is a joke and if you feel any different, then you just dont know anything about athletics

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Unknown8691 01/11/12 - 10:19 am
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I was at this game last night

I was at this game last night and I must say Thomson and Thomas showed great sportsmanship and great CLASS, it was Thomas' "3rd stream" AKA Bench players who played majority of the 3rd and the entire 4th quarter, they are responsible in giving the team its 101 points. They did not seem to be trying to score 101 points but in case you did not know, Thomson' defense is one that relies on pressure so turn over after turn over occurred. Hard to pass the ball and run the offense off of a steal when nobody is trying to guard you. When the team got to 90 points were they supposed to say "No, lets stop playing we don't want to score anymore" or say "Lets keep playing the way we do and get better". In the Game of basketball, there's no such thing as settling. From now on I think it is better that you guys don't voice an opinion until you know all of the facts.

Unknown8691
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Unknown8691 01/11/12 - 10:24 am
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And as I checked Thomson's

And as I checked Thomson's schedule I see that this isnt the first time the team has scored 100+ points or been on the verge.

check it out for yourself
http://ga.prepcountry.com/?t=5&w=1&wy=2012&s=11&sc=331

Perhaps this is why they are ranked #3 in state in the coach's poll...

augfootballfan
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augfootballfan 01/11/12 - 10:35 am
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football team was ranked that

football team was ranked that high also by running it up on people and see where it got them????? I was at the game last night as well so i do know the facts.. watched the whole game. yes Thomson does rely on defense and turnovers, but when u get those turnovers u can walk the ball up the court and run your offense. You can work on offensive sets.. You ever heard of that??? Doesnt have to run fast break after fast break every play for easy lay ups. Dont you think they will need the offensive work when they play in the play-offs or get destroyed again like the football team. Congrats Coach on the milestone, Good luck the rest of the way

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Mr. Thackeray 01/11/12 - 12:33 pm
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There is no excuse for this

There is no excuse for this score. I was a basketball coach for 32 years. You back off, you don't press and use a pressure defense when you are obviously embarrassing a team! Disgusting.... I will never watch this team play again. Harlem's lack luster sports teams, on another note, are a direct result of a school board who treats the area like the other side of the tracks!

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Unknown8691 01/11/12 - 12:45 pm
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Oh. I get it, you guys are

Oh. I get it, you guys are Harlem fans who felt like Thomson should have given you guys some sympathy. Sorry.

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sdchw05 01/11/12 - 01:26 pm
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First, You have to look at it

First, You have to look at it from this stand point. It seems that they have an immensely talented team that is very experienced and has played some top-ranked competition from what their schedule shows. And your kid is a Soph that rarely plays and practices hard all week and gets into a blowout game...don't you want to see him/her score or play well...do you want you kid to hold the ball? Wouldn't you want your kid to score? Wouldnt you want your kid to have that moment with his name in the newspaper?
Secondly, blowouts happen quite often especially in high school sports. Just look at the girl scores and some of the boys. From what their schedule shows scoring 80+ is of the norm. It seems like Thomson's coach is not going to hold his 2nd and 3rd string players back and tell them not to shoot or don't lay the ball up if you have the opportunity and whats wrong with that? Its his team.
Lastly, how or why would you work on plays with your 3rd string? If the lead was so big that the 3rd string could play it seems pretty obvious that they ran plays. It's no ones fault that Harlem is not good...get better...

augfootballfan
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augfootballfan 01/11/12 - 02:19 pm
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u guys just dont get it.

u guys just dont get it. dont have a problem with the score getting out of control. In football if a team is up big and has in the third string and running the ball, the other team has to stop them.. if they are throwing trick plays and passes with big lead,, its a lack of class,, which is done at Thomson... In basketball, if your team is up big and your thirs string is in there running an offense and u are scoring,, so be it,, but if u are using pressure defenses and running fast break after fast break when u could set it up and run the offense instead,, then its a lack of class,, which seems to be turning into the norm for Thomson.. BUT,, as we have all seen, it will come back to bite you in the end during the playoffs,, just ask the football team

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Guest001 01/11/12 - 06:09 pm
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Thomson goes out and they

Thomson goes out and they treat their competitors exactly like competitors. They don't go 'easy' on someone because they're perceived as a sorry team. If no one treated Harlem like competition and always took it easy on them, when will they get any better? As for the score, Thomson didn't break 100 to embarrass Harlem, they did it for their coach on his 500th win. Btw, Happy Micheal Thomas Day!

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gutdawg 01/11/12 - 07:14 pm
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First I will say this, I was

First I will say this, I was at the game and I am a HHS fan. I will be the first to congratulate Coach Thomas on his win, that is a monumental milestone in his career. Everyone is making such a big deal about the boys game, but the real injustice by Thomson occured in the girls game. The Thomson coach had his girls full court press the Harlem girls the whole time even when he was up by forty points. He clearly had a superior team than Harlem and was NEVER in danger of losing the game. Hopefully our coaches will remember this when baseball and softball season rolls around and we return the class act to them.

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PEEJAY54 01/11/12 - 09:55 pm
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I was reading the comments

I was reading the comments and i see there are some people that have some disagreement with Thomson Athletics, first off, this is about Coach Thomas reaching a milestone and i would again congratulate on a job well done. Then I must say because i played and our purpose was defense turns to offense. It was not about embarassing Harlem, they too should have to play defense to stop the team from scoring, and far as football goes, we have the most class about thomson athletics which is why you all that have talked bad seems to have a problem with it. It wasnt embarass Harlem tonight, it was do what you came to the court to do and that is when the game and score till the game is over. Maybe if Harlem coached better defense, Thomson would not have scored a 100 points,,, GO dawgs.. next year i hope they score 200!!

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mawill 01/11/12 - 10:33 pm
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I must respond to gutdawg's

I must respond to gutdawg's comment. The Thomson girls team only pressed the 1st half. The second half 2-3 zone was played. The girls DID NOT PRESS THE ENTIRE GAME! During the post game shake I saw Coach Rogers and Williams conversing in what appeared to be a friendly manner. I also saw them holding a conversation during the boys game(lsughing and smiling). The team is not ranked nor a perrenial power. They even lost to Harlem last year.
They played a good game and continue to show nothing but respect to opponents. There was no disrespect nor trash talking. I was told that despite the fact that the girls team play in a fashion similar to the boys they played a zone the second half becasue it was evident that the game was truly in hand. Truly, you must have not watched the second half.
The coach was screaming at his girls on Friday for celebrating after defeating ARC. Trust me this team knows how it feels to be pressed all game despite the score. Go to gasports and look at the scores from previous years and even one game this year.

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