MOULTRIE -- The Colquitt County boys ninth-grade basketball team nearly overcame a decided height disadvantage with a fourth-quarter rally on Saturday morning at the Gladys Espy Gymnasium, but still came up a basket short against Bainbridge.

The 52-50 defeat was the second in two days for the Packer freshmen, who opened the season with five straight victories.

On Friday, Colquitt was defeated by Valdosta 61-49. Just over 16 hours later, the Packers were back on their home court trying to get back on track.

Playing again with a roster depleted by academic losses and against a team with superior size, the freshmen kept the Bearcats within striking distance, but never could get a second-half lead.

Colquitt never led after going up 19-18 on a putback by Ronald Wilson with 3:38 left in the first half.

Bainbridge countered with a layup by Ray Dominquez 10 seconds later and held desperately to the lead the rest of the way.

The Packers pulled two within three points twice in the final 3:18 of the game, both times on baskets by James Trimble.

But Bainbridge got the lead back to seven before Colquitt's Kamarri Peterson hit a long 3-pointer with 19.1 seconds left and Trimble scored on another offensive rebound just before the final horn.

Dominquez led Bainbridge with 15 points.

Peterson finished a productive week with 15 points to lead the Packers. He had 20 against Thomas County Central on Wednesday and 15 against Valdosta on Friday.

Trimble, who had a big game on the boards against the taller opposition, had 12 points and Ronald Wilson added 10.

Amar Parikh had eight, Jamal Carr three and Arzie Butts had two.

The freshmen play next at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 at Lowndes.



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