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Boys team ranked 9 in Class AAA

POSTED: January 29, 2013 4:41 p.m.
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Junior guard Jonathan Sanderson is seen in a recent game against Buford. Sanderson and his Tiger teammates have raced out to an 18-2 start this season. Coach Thad Burgess’ team is currently ranked No. 9 in Class AAA.

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Strong defense and timely offense have been the trademarks of this year's Dawson County High School varsity Tiger basketball team.

Both were evident last week with the Tigers taking a 47-34 win over White County on a hostile floor in Cleveland on Tuesday night.

Coach Thad Burgess' team's match-up 3-2 zone has confounded opponents.

The Warriors came into the contest averaging 52 points per game, but the Tigers held them to 18-points below their average in the Region 7-AAA win.

On offense for the Tigers, it has been a combination of Tyler Dominy, Will Anglin, Gunnar Armstrong and Jonathan Sanderson who lead the Tigers in scoring on any given night.

Against White County it was the trio of Anglin, Dominy and Armstrong who guided the offense with 15, 14 and 11 points respectively.

Tiger Camron Chester worked hard on the boards and added seven points.

Both teams came out on fire in the first quarter with Dawson holding a slim 13-12 advantage.

Then the Tiger defense kicked in.

Dawson County held the Warriors to five, six and seven points over the next 24 minutes.

"This may be our most complete game of the year," Burgess said. "We played a very efficient game offensively and continued our good defensive efforts.

"I really like how we competed and played on the road. We were able to control the tempo and the game went just as we hoped."

Spencer Adams led the Warriors in scoring with nine points.

With the win Dawson County moved to 18-2 overall and 7-2 in region play.

The Tigers are currently ranked No. 9 in Class AAA.

The game with East Hall, that was originally scheduled for Friday, was postponed to Monday due to the threat of winter weather. The Tigers won 60-49.

"Moving the East Hall game to Monday will be difficult for us, with the rematch against a very hot East Hall team and then traveling to a dangerous Banks County on Tuesday night," Burgess said.

On Friday the Tigers will travel to Buford for a rematch with the leader in Region 7-AAA.

As of press time, the Wolves had won 13 straight games.

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