Twelve points separated Thomasville from it's first state title ever in boys basketball. The Bulldogs are reloaded and ready to make another run for the gold.
Thomasville boys head basketball coach Ben Tillman says,
"We had such a young team last year and coming back this year we have a lot of expectations. One thing we did lose we lost a lot of leadership from last year with the seniors, t he four seniors we had last year. Hopefully we can build that leadership back up in the program and the kids can respond well and hopefully we'll get a chance to go back at it again."
Still a young group in the Rose City, only two seniors among them, but together they play like veterans.
Thomasville junior guard Mitchell Christie says,
"We knew what it took. Coach instilled it in our minds, our hard work was the key. Getting there, the experience was amazing. It's something you're not going to encounter too many times in life, but we're hoping for the next two or three years and for the rest of the generations to come that we can keep getting there and keep working hard."
A long season is in store for the Bulldogs who know that every team will be gunning for them when they step on the court. Before they can think about March, they have to focus on the task at hand.
Ben Tillman adds,
"We come into every season wanting to be better than we were last year. At least win one more game than last year so hopefully we'll get that opportunity. We're going to take it one game at a time and try to continue to improve."
It may be early but the Bulldogs seem to be doing just that.