In a game that went to the wire, the Tigers shook off a first-quarter deficit to complete a come-from-behind victory over Franklin County Feb. 27 and will advance to the Final Four of the GHSA state tournament this weekend.
Dawson County looked nervous in the opening quarter and the Lions were quick to take advantage of the situation as they ran up a 22-10 lead to start the game.
The Tiger offense settled into its rotation in the second period, doing a good job of finding the open man, and the team cut the lead in half over the quarter to enter the locker room trailing by 6.
Halftime adjustments brought an aggressive Tigers team onto the court for the third quarter as senior Luke Chism led the offensive charge and senior Ahmad Kamara controlled the boards. The Tigers took their first lead late in the period and entered the final quarter ahead 44-41.
After an initial exchange of buckets, Dawson County capitalized on a series of turnovers to extend their lead to double digits halfway through the fourth period, but Franklin County fought to within 2 points in the final 30 seconds of play.
In a series of plays that featured a monster block from Chism, two critical rebounds by Kamara, and a display of ice-cold shooting from junior Jasper Gibson, the Tigers held their 2-point lead until the buzzer and secured their spot in the final four with a 60-58 victory over the Franklin County Lions.
Chism led Dawson County in scoring with 16 points, followed closely by Gibson with 15 points. Kamara chipped in 11 points in the contest.
The Tigers face Hart County in the Final Four of the GHSA State Tournament in Savannah Mar. 2.