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Dawson loses two close road games
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Ryan Gallenkamp gets the tip at East Hall. - photo by Kolton Brumbelow for the DCN

The Dawson County Tigers basketball team will be hosting a reverse raffle and auction from 6-9 p.m. on Feb. 4 in the DCHS cafeteria.

Tickets for the event are $50 and will give each participant two catered meals as well as the chance to win $5,000.

To get tickets, contact Coach Pittman at or get in touch with a parent of one of the players.



The Tigers traveled last week to play the Union County Panthers and the East Hall Vikings.

Both games were close losses, but Head Coach Chad Pittman feels like the team is starting to believe in what they are capable of doing.

"I feel like or hope that we did turn a little bit of a corner in the team actually believing that if we will play we can actually be pretty good," Pittman said.

Against Union, Dawson County lost 59-56 behind the efforts of junior Ryan Gallenkamp who had 14 points, 17 rebounds and six blocks against the Panthers.

Gallenkamp's first block of the night came early and gave the ball to Cullen Reed who drove, got the basket and drew the foul to put in 3 points.

Jeremiah Crumley would add a 4-point play in the first when he drew the foul on his three.

Kane Pelfrey, Reed and Corey Hammond all added blocks in the first period as well.

The Panthers took a 30-24 lead to the locker room at half.

Crumley went to work in the third after missing a 3-point attempt, he picked up a steal, drove for two and drove again on the following possession. He was fouled and hit both at the line.

Crumley added another two after grabbing his own rebound.

Gallenkamp's trip to the free throw line in the final period brought the Tigers to within 1 point at 50-49. He would hit another free throw to tie it at 50 before a Union time out with 2:55 in the game.

The battle continued with the teams taking turns at their respective free throw lines before the Panthers ended on top.

The free throw line also played a role in the East Hall matchup on Jan. 14 when the Tigers lost by a single point, 85-84.

The Vikings took 36 shots from the line while the Tigers only had 12 opportunities.

"If somebody shoots 36 to 12 free throws, there is not a lot you can say about that," Pittman said.

Despite the discrepancy, Pittman said he doesn't believe that it ultimately cost Dawson County the game.

He was happy overall with the way the Tigers worked against the Vikings pressure.

"We can't simulate their pressure in practice. That's what they have been doing for 25 years now and they are pretty good at it," he said. "I feel like we did actually handle it. Towards the end of the game, they actually got out of their press because we handled it.

"It is kind of the same old, same old for us. We have to play hard for 32 minutes."

The Tigers were down 43-35 at half, but in the third quarter a Vikings' run put East Hall up by 21 points.

A foul was called during a 3-point shot by the Vikings and additional dead ball foul for a technical against Coey Watson after the play.

"It did give them a little momentum and I think it did kind of initiate that run in the second half," Pitman said.

After the Vikings put in 4 points from the line, Watson took a fast break to the basket for an and one.

At the end of the third, Watson hit a buzzer beater from half court to cut the lead to 10 and jumpstart the comeback.

The Vikings hit a three out of the break and Crumley answered with one from the opposite end.

Crumley finished with 25 points and seven assists.

Joseph Cronan added a 3-pointer from up top and Watson hit Gallenkamp for two down low off an East Hall turnover.

Cronan added 19 on the night and Watson had 12 points and seven assists of his own.

Reed drained a three to cut the lead to 71-65 and prompt an East Hall time out with 5:30 to play.

Crumley forced a turnover and Cronan added another three before Reed drove for 2 points to cut the lead to 1 point.

Crumley had a beautiful feed to Pelfrey underneath who scored and drew the foul but could not convert from the line. Watson picked up the rebound, however and added two more.

A Cronan free throw made it 82-81 and with 29 seconds to go Watson fouled and sent the Vikings to the line. Both free throws did not go, but a miss by Reed left the Tigers no choice but to foul.

After a timeout with 3.1 seconds remaining and an 85-81 lead by East Hall, Crumley heaved a three-quarter court shot that went in at the buzzer.

"I feel like at the end of the game-there's no moral victories, especially at this point in the season, but I felt like the kids all seemed to maybe come together a little bit," Pittman said.

The Tigers are now 8-10 overall and 2-4 in region play. Seven of those games were lost by a single possession.

"I think we have proved to everybody that we can come back on teams, but it sure would be nice if we would just play it."

Dawson played Greater Atlanta Christian at home on Jan. 17 but results were not available as of press time. The team will play on Jan. 20 at region rivals Lumpkin County.

"Neither of those will be easy," he said. "We still have a chance to finish as high as second or third. So we still control our own destiny, but we are going to have to play. No more nights off."