MOULTRIE — The Colquitt County Packers snapped their six-game losing streak Saturday night, beating the Thomas County Central Jackets 69-43 at Gladys Espy Gymnasium. The win gives the Packers a .500 overall record going into the Region 1-AAAAA tournament, beginning Thursday in Tifton.

The Lady Packers game against the Thomas County Central Lady Jackets was canceled when the officials did not arrive because of a scheduling mix-up. Despite not playing a game, both the three Lady Packer seniors were recognized, along with the six Packer seniors, during halftime.

Senior center James Trimble, playing his final home game for the Packers, led all scorers with 16 points. Senior guard Antwon Tuff followed with 14 points, all scored in the third quarter. Senior forward Jeremy Debruce contributed eight points, senior forward Ronald Wilson added two points, senior guard Amar Parikh scored five points and senior guard Corey Goss scored five points. Roger Walker led the Jackets scoring with 11 points.

The senior lineup of Tuff, Debruce, Goss, Trimble and Wilson started the game and won the opening tip-off. Thomas County Central’s Doug Pilcher, however, started the scoring at 7:21 in the first quarter, but the Packers went on a 12-2 run for most of the quarter, led by Trimble scoring eight points.

Thomas County Central’s Demetrius Mickens hit two quick three-pointers, narrowing the gap to 12-10 with 1:48 left in the first quarter. Goss hit a three-pointer with less than a minute to play, putting the Packers up by a 15-14 score after one quarter.

Pilcher started the scoring with a three-pointer early in the second quarter, giving the Jackets an early 14-17 lead. The Packers rallied again, outscoring the Jackets 12-4 for the remainder of the second quarter. The Packers took the lead for good following a basket by Debruce with 6:16 remaining in the first half.

Following the break, both teams came out firing on all cylinders in the third quarter.

The Packers scored a total of 25 points in the quarter, led by Tuff’s 14 points, which included two three-point baskets and 1-2 shooting from the free throw line. The Packers went 3-7 from the charity stripe in the third quarter and 4-16 overall.

The fourth quarter saw both teams visiting the free throw line almost as much as shots came from the floor. The Jackets made six visits to the free throw line but shot 4-10 while the Packers went 1-4 in two visits. Parikh finished the scoring for the night with five points, including a three-pointer with only five seconds left in the game.

The Packer defense held tough, forcing a total of 24 Jacket turnovers in the game. The Packers, however, did have 16 turnovers of their own.

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