The Dawson Tigers watched their fourth quarter lead slip away when they couldnt contain six-feet-nine-inch Rakim Lubin of Buford in the paint. The Tigers had no answer for Lubin, who scored 19 points in the fourth and 29 points in the game, which lead to a 57-55 loss to the Wolves.
We just did not have an answer for Lubin late in the game, said Thad Burgess, longtime DCHS head boys basketball coach. He scored 19 in the fourth and 15 in a row. We just dont have the size to stop that.
The Tigers offense was led by Cameron Millhollands 16 points. Millholland tried to singlehandedly bring the Tigers back from a late five point deficit, but his last three-pointer went in the bucket as time expired with the Tigers behind by two. Sam Muenchen had an impressive offensive game for Dawson with 11 points and made his presence known defensively throughout the game. Levi Whitmire added 10 points and Jackson Putnam contributed seven points in the Tigers loss.
I am very pleased that we could compete with them and had a chance to win the game, Burgess said. I hope that we can finish these last three games playing with the same type of intensity.
With the end of the regular season on the horizon, the Tigers will look to reverse their fortunes and get a couple of big conference wins under their belt before the post season begins.
We have a big week ahead of us, Burgess said. We have a road game against North Hall, then we finish up this weekend with a very tough West Hall team and then with Banks, who have won 10 of their last 12 games. It should be a big challenge for us.
The loss gives Dawson an overall record of 16-6 and a region record of 7-4.
The Tigers look to end their season with two conference games at home. The first of those games will be versus West Hall on Friday, Feb. 7.