Thomson High again routed the Harlem boys Friday 64-37 in a Region 3-AAA basketball contest, but not with the same domination as when the teams last met.
For Thomson (18-2, 6-1) head basketball coach Michael Thomas’ 500th win on Jan. 10, Thomson humiliated Harlem with a 101-36 blowout victory.
In the team’s second meeting, Harlem (9-12, 2-5) played better defense, especially beneath the boards, but they still couldn’t match up to a team that boasts nine players over 6 feet tall.
Thomson’s Anthony Moss and Jonathan Atkins combined to score 14 points in the first quarter, while Alonzo Hill and Dylan Farmer were the only Harlem players sinking any shots.
Farmer led the scoring with 19 in a game in which Harlem star Reggie Reid only scored twice in the third period for four total points.
In addition to a lack of points from Reid, Harlem too often turned the ball over on poor passes. When they generated steals and defensive rebounds of their own, the Harlem boys often failed to convert them into points.
Atkins had 16 total points, including a jumper at the buzzer to cap the game, followed by Moss with 14.
The Thomson girls also won in a 47-23 contest.
Thomson (11-7, 4-2) nearly held the Harlem girls scoreless in the first, keeping the team to just three with a last-second jump shot, while they put up nine.
In the second, Harlem (3-17, 0-6) again only managed three points on an Olivia Fitzgerald jump shot.
At the half, Thomson had built up a 10-point lead they then stretched to 19 points by the end of the third.
In the fourth, Thomson started to heat up in more ways than one. They put up 18 points, but also generated two technical fouls when Ke’Onda Bradshaw started a scuffle and Wanda Hightower-Lockett committed an intentional foul.
Bradshaw was ejected from the game, as was Nekia McNair for coming off the bench when the shoving started.
Thomson’s Jaylan Howard led the scoring with 15 points, nine of which came from 3-pointers.