Muzzled: Tift handles Thomasville 76-44

Tifton – Coach Eric Holland wasn’t pleased with his season opener against Thomasville on Nov. 15th. The Tift County Blue Devils defeated the Bulldogs 82-47 that night. Tift entered the arena after a Friday victory over Monroe in their home opener 55-42. The Devils hoped to move to 3-0, and after a blowout, they did, defeating Thomasville 76-44.

Iman Holley shoots in the fourth period. Photo: Erin  Parker/SGSN

Iman Holley shoots in the fourth period. Photo: Erin Parker/SGSN

Tift started their transition game early, and stayed strong throughout the first period, netting 22 points. The Bulldogs were held to 7 points in the quarter. Tyrie Jackson accounted for 12 of the 22, hitting 4 three-point shots. The Devils built on that lead, making a 21-7 in the second frame to lead 43-14.

Thomasville came out of the locker room renewed, and managed to score 18 in the 3rd period. Led by Alex Peralta and Shedric Cooper, Thomasville held Tift to 14 points in the frame shrinking the lead by 4, but could draw no closer. Cooper, a 6’2″ Junior Forward, and Peralta, a 6’1″ Junior Guard, each had a 3-pointer and a basket in the surge.

“We lost our focus in the third. I thought we played a lot better tonight outside of the 3rd period.” Holland said after the game.

Tift would answer in the final period, outscoring the Bulldogs 19-12 for the victory 76-44. For Tift, Jackson led all scorers with 20, Sophomore Micah Johnson added 12 points, and Junior guard Iman Holley added 10 points.  Asked about Johnson’s play, which has been impressive in the young season, Holland replied; “Micah is one of the best point guards I’ve seen in a while, and has the potential to be the best point guard I’ve coached.”  Monquavious Green finished with 8 points, Jalen Lewis added 7 points, and team captain Hayden Mullinax scored 6 points.

For Thomasville, Cooper finished with 10 points, Ladarius Walden added 9 points, Javier McGriff 6 points, and Parelta would finish with 5 points. Thomasville falls to 0-2 and will face Cairo on Nov. 29 in a Border war. Game time is 6:00 PM in Cairo.

Tift will welcome the Savannah Blue Jackets to the palace on Friday night as part of the 2nd Annual Friendly City Classic. Coached by Tim Jordan, the Blue Jackets are 2-0, having defeated Rockdale County and Wayne County in early season play. “We lost a lot from last year, they lost a lot, but they will be ready tp play, and it should be a good game.” Game time is 8:30PM.

The complete schedule for the Friendly City Classic can be found here.

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