THOMASVILLE -- A Region 1-AA title wasn't in the cards for the Albany High boys basketball team.
Matching history, however, was.
The Indians may have lost Friday night, 67-57, to top seed Thomasville, but Albany finished as the No. 2 seed in 1-AA, meaning they'll get to host a home state playoff game for just the second time ever -- and second in the last five years.
"It hurts, don't get me wrong, to lose this game, but we're pleased (with the direction of this program) and our season," AHS coach Archie Chatmon said. "The girls have hosted one three of the last four years, but now I guess we get our turn. It feels good to know we'll be at home next week for state."
The Squaws lost in the consolation game to Cook and will have to go on the road when the state playoffs open next week as a No. 4 seed.
The Indians, meawhile, will be a No. 2 seed and will host in the opener Saturday.
Larry Sanford led Albany with 28 points Friday, while Tim Pierce had 18 as AHS lost to the Bulldogs for the third time this season. AHS trailed by just four at the half, but could never close the gap any closer in the second half.
"They are a heck of a basketball team," Chatmon said of THS. "But we're tickled to death at what we've been able to accomplish."
Thomasville coach Ben Tillman knew it was going to be dogfight coming in after the second meeting between the two teams in Albany during the regular season ended in a narrow two-point Bulldogs win.
"It was a real good game," Tillman said. "I really enjoy playing competition like that."
Thomasville defeated Albany by 12 and two points during their two games in the regular season and Friday night was another close finish. The Indians trailed 19-12 after the first quarter and just 28-24 at halftime. Albany could never grab control in the second half, however, as Thomasville's talented trio of juniors were once again the difference.
Point guard Trey Gosier paced the Bulldogs with 20 points. Willie Clayton and Robert Carter tallied 15 each for Thomasville.
Sports editor Clint Thompson at The Thomasville Times-Enterprise contributed to this report