THOMASVILLE -- Note to Thomasville: Albany big man Roscoe Byrd can do more than grab rebounds.
Byrd drained a 12-footer at the buzzer Thursday in the Region 1-AA tournament semifinals to beat Cook, 53-52, and lift the Indians into the championship game tonight against the top-seeded Bulldogs. Thomasville has already beaten AHS twice this season, but coach Archie Chatmon is relishing one more crack.
"We gotta go take on the beasts now," Chatmon said. "But I'd rather we get the shot at them than not."
AHS split with Cook during the regular season, but the rubber match was a thriller that won't be forgotten any time soon. Despite a huge 3-pointer by Kenny Anderson with under a minute to play, AHS trailed, 52-51, after Jerome Hill made two free throws with 15 seconds left.
And after Tim Pierce took the inbounds pass down the floor and missed a jumper with seven seconds to go in the game, the ball found its way to Byrd.
"He shoots a lot better than people think," Chatmon said of Byrd, who was a bruising OL on the Indians' football team and usually is just called on to pull down rebounds and drop in putbacks. "That was the biggest shot of his life (Thursday night), I guarantee you that."
Pierce finished with 14, while Larry Sanford led with 17. Today's 1-A boys title game is 8:30 p.m. in Thomasville.
AHS GIRLS CRUSHED:
THOMASVILLE -- It may be tournament time but it appears not much has changed in Region 1-AA.
Thomasville's girls are still the team to beat.
The Lady Bulldogs defeated the Albany Squaws, 67-39.
The Lady Bulldogs kept a tight lead over Albany High School throughout the game. A series of two clean 3-point shots from the Lady Bulldogs helped propel them to a 13-point lead going into the second half.
Leading the Lady Bulldogs was Carmenonique Dawson, Audreka Davis and Miracle Edmonds, each scoring 13 points. Albany's Ladaish Green led her team with 13 points followed by Elisa Hollinger's 10.
Thomasville outscored Albany 16-10 in the final period to tally the win.
AHS' girls will play Cook in the consolation game today at 4 p.m.
The Thomasville Times-Enterprise contributed to this report