Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- If Thomasville can play better basketball than it did against Albany on Tuesday night, Indians coach Archie Chatmon doesn't want to be sitting on the opposing bench.

Thomasville torched Albany for 12 three-point shots and forced 18 turnovers as the visiting Bulldogs remained unbeaten with a 78-32 shellacking of the Indians.

Thomasville, 4-0 overall and in Region 1-AA play, led, 16-13, at the end of the first period and rode the hot shooting of Sean-D Coleman and Trey Gosier, who combined for seven three-pointers, as the Bulldogs surged to a 44-22 halftime advantage.

That was as close as Albany would get the rest of the evening.

"What you saw out there (Tuesday) was a well-oiled machine clicking on all cylinders," Chatmon said after his team fell to 3-4 and evened its region record at 2-2.

Chatmon then added: "I know you look at the score and think we didn't play well, but (Thomasville) were just that good. They had three or four guys hitting from the outside. We stop that and then they start going inside to the big man.

"We did not play that badly. They just imposed their will on us (Tuesday)."

Thomasville, ranked fourth in the state in Class AA, had three different players hit 3-pointers in a 21-8 third period run that pushed the lead to 65-30 heading into the final quarter.

In fact, the seldom-used GHSA mercy rule cut the period from eight to six

minutes as Thomasville went on a 13-2 run to end the game.

About the only thing Thomasville did not do well was shoot free throws, missing eight in a row at one point.

"I think the best thing about this game is the way we played defense with intensity," Thomasville coach Benjamin Tillman said. "We try to compete against ourselves and we met our goals (Tuesday) on offense and defense. But we need to work on our free-throw shooting."

Coleman led the Bulldogs with 21 points, Gosier added 13 and Willie Clayton chipped in 12. Albany was paced with six points each from Tyrone Culbreth and Jarvis Hicks.

Albany will play next in the U-Save-It Classic, while Thomasville gears up for next week's Holiday Hoopfest on its home court.

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THOMASVIILLE GIRLS 48, ALBANY 45:

Carmenonique Dawson scored 19 points and led a late surge as Thomasville overcame a 42-40 Albany lead with 2:40 left.

Albany, which trailed for most of the game, got six points from Kizzie Coleman and three from Jasmine Myers to rally from a fourth-quarter deficit to take the Squaws' first lead since early in the second period. But back-to-back turnovers allowed Thomasville (6-1, 4-0) to regain the lead.

Thomasville's Kierrica Spencer hit two free throws with five seconds left to make it 48-45, and Albany's Chasity Mullins' 3-point attempt to tie it kicked off the back of the iron as the horn sounded.

Myers led the Squaws with 18 points, while Coleman added 13. Spencer, meanwhile, chipped in 11 points for the Lady Bulldogs.

The loss dropped Albany to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in region play.