Dawson County opened Region 7-AAA tournament play with a quarter-finals matchup against the Fannin County Rebels Feb. 6 at Dawson County High School.
The Tigers entered the game with the second-highest scoring offense in the region, and the team unleashed every weapon in its arsenal from the opening buzzer. With an astounding 12 players putting points on the board, the Tigers defeated the Rebels by a final score of 81-38.
“There are really not a lot of pre-game speeches for this one, its win or go home,” Tigers Head Coach Chad Pittman said. “If you can’t get motivated for this, it doesn’t matter what I say.”
Junior Jasper Gibson led the Tigers on an offensive rampage in the first half as he dropped four shots from the 3-point line while fellow junior Brody Howell provided the highlights in the second period with a personal 7-0 against the Rebels as Dawson County rolled to a 43-10 halftime lead.
Fannin County came out of the locker room ready to play and kept pace with the Tigers through the third period but were never able to close the gap, and Dawson County closed out the game with their starters on the bench as the clock wound down to a final score of 81-38.
Dawson County junior Eli Burrus was a constant presence in the game and led the Tigers in scoring with 15 points in his three periods of play. Chism added 13 points to the board along with Gibson’s 12 first-half points.
The win secured the Dawson County Tigers a berth in the state playoffs and advances the team to the second round of the Region 7-AAA tournament for a game with the Lumpkin County Indians, who advanced with an upset win of the North Hall Trojans, on Feb. 8 at North Hall.