The Dawson County varsity boys' basketball team came alive in the second half against the North Hall Trojans last week, but it was not enough to pull away with a win.
"It's like I told them after the game though, I am tired of playing from behind," said Coach Chad Pittman. "It's like we don't flip the switch until we are behind by 8 or 9."
Despite going one for 10 from the 3-point line in the first half and giving up 13 points on offensive rebound put backs and turnovers, the Tigers were only down 29-22 at the half.
"The second half was much better," Pittman said.
Though the play improved, Pittman insists it is not a pattern the team can afford to continue.
"We can't do that. We are not good enough to do that," he said. "We have to play consistently-playing hard every possession, valuing every possession."
Even with the improved effort in the second half, Pittman said there were still lulls. One particular stretch saw the Tigers go through four offensive possessions without scoring.
Junior Cullen Reed led all scorers with a high of 26 points on the night and a critical steal that looked like it would put the Tigers ahead.
"With 32 seconds to go, we hit a three. We got a foul, they missed. We came down and scored with five seconds," Pittman said.
With 5.7 seconds left, the Tigers scored to tie the game at 51.
Reed intercepted a Trojans pass. On the rebound, the Tigers still could not put it in and there was no foul called.
"If we had done some things better, we wouldn't have been in that situation," Pittman said.
During the overtime period, Pittman said the team didn't execute well with a couple of turnovers and forced shots.
"I felt like with our experience, we would have done a better job in overtime," he said.
Because it is primarily a perimeter team, Pittman said he feels the team has to find a way to make up for the lulls.
"You have to rebound better. You have to do all of the little things better," he said.
Jeremiah Crumley had 15 points.
The loss brings the Tigers' record to 8-8 overall and 2-2 in Region 7-AAA.
The winter weather forced the rescheduling of the East Hall game to 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 14.
The game originally scheduled for this week at Union County on Jan. 10 has been pushed back to tonight at 7:30 p.m.