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BASKETBALL RECAP: Tigers win fifth in a row; rise to second in region standings
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Jake Craft dribbles down the court at Lumpkin County High School in the TIgers’ 80-34 victory on Fri., Dec. 11. - photo by Jacob Smith

The Dawson County Tigers won their fifth game in a row after stomping Gilmer High School 73-49 on Tuesday, Jan. 26. 

Jake Craft led with 28 points and has averaged 32.4 points per game during the Tigers five-game win streak. During the game, Jake Craft reached 1,000 career points after playing his first three high school seasons with Forsyth Central High School in Cumming, Ga. 

Joakeim Celestin scored 14 points during Tuesday’s victory and Tyler Lane broke double-digits with 10. Tigers head coach Todd Cottrell said he thought Lane played a fantastic game and Jaden Gibson, who had a team-high 10 assists, did an “outstanding job” at the point guard position. 

“We still have some things to clean up, but I really like how we are playing right now,” Cottrell said after the game. 

With the victory and Cherokee Bluff’s loss to White County, the Tigers move up to second in the region, with both of their losses coming against the number one seed White County. 

The Lady Tigers held a 12-6 lead against Gilmer County early in the game, but Lady Tigers head coach Eric Herrick said his team struggled to keep up their offensive productivity. Gilmer won 60-46, the team shot 23.5 percent from the field and sent Gilmer to the free throw line 36 times. 

The Lady Tigers to gain another win on Wednesday night during a makeup game against West Hall on Wednesday night. West is winless in region play this season. 

Dawson County’s last regular season home game of the year will be homecoming against North Hall on Friday, Jan. 29. The girls’ game starts at 7 p.m. with the boys game to follow immediately after.