By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
March 7, 2018
THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) -- A community gathered at the Thomasville High School gymnasium Wednesday morning to send their boys basketball team off to the state championship game.
"All of his brothers and sisters from Atlanta and all over Georgia are coming to see," said Kenneth Hayes, a proud parent.
Hayes' son, Adrian McQueen, is a starting freshman on the team. He plays the same position as Hayes did when he played for Thomasville High.
The family was holding a homemade sign for McQueen at the send-off, and followed their bus to the game in Macon.
"We're really proud for today because we have a chance to be the first team in Thomasville history to win a state boys basketball championship," said Hayes.
"I think they're going to do really good because they have a lot of support," said Desmond Jones, a Thomasville resident.
The support was shown across the entire town.
Words of encouragement were posted on business windows, and even with the use of solo cups on a fence line facing East Jackson Street.
"I'm so proud that they have the opportunity to be put on such a platform to showcase their character, athleticism, and humbleness," said Head Coach Benjamin Tillman.
Tillman proud, before even stepping on the bus.
"It means a lot. Everyday, we pick up a newspaper and we'll see things going wrong with young people. This is an opportunity for us to be able to put these young people in a positive light," said Tillman.
A memorable day for 15 young men.
"They're letting them know they care for them and they got their back so win or lose, the city is still going to love them," said Jones.
Thomasville defeated Vidalia, 66-31, in the GHSA AA state title basketball game and earned their first ever state championship.