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Boys take 2 of 3
Defeat East Hall, Banks
Varsity Boys bball pic
Senior guard Tyler Dominy shoots over the outstretched arm of an East Hall defensive player. Dominy scored a game-high 18 points in the 60-49 win over the Vikings. - photo by Ryan Coker Dawson Community News

Dawson County High School varsity boys basketball team won two of three games last week.

The Tigers, led by Thad Burgess, defeated East Hall, 60-49, on Jan. 28 and Banks County, 44-30, on Jan. 29, before dropping a 52-38 decision to a very tough Buford team on Friday.

All three games were Region 7-AAA matchups.

The Tigers are currently 20-3 overall and 9-3 in region play.

Three Tiger players scored in double digits in Monday's win over East Hall.

Tyler Dominy led the way with 18 points, followed by teammates Gunnar Armstrong with 11 and Will Anglin with 10 points.

The win was the first time in school history that Dawson County had swept the Vikings.

Earlier this season the Tigers defeated East Hall, 51-43, in Valhalla.

Dawson jumped out to a commanding 32-8 halftime lead and never looked back in the 11-point win.

"We played an almost perfect first half against East Hall. They were coming off an overtime loss where they scored 86 points against North Hall. To hold them to only eight first half points is pretty remarkable," Burgess said.

The Tigers played host to a very stubborn Banks County team on Jan. 29.

Again, the Tigers took control in the first half and allowed the Leopards only 11 points, while scoring 27 of their own to take a 27-11 lead into the locker room.

Both teams couldn't find the bucket in the third quarter. Banks County outscored the Tigers 6-4 but still trailed 31-17.

Armstrong poured in 17 points to lead all scorers. Anglin also scored in double digits with 10 points. Also scoring were Dominy with eight points, Jonathan Sanderson added seven and Camron Chester had two points for the Tigers.

Greg Cannon led Banks County with six points.

Dawson County picked up its 20th win of the season.

"Very important wins on Monday and Tuesday, by winning both games we at least secured the number three seed in the region tournament. We really wanted to reach the 20 win level last week, and help use that as motivation, Burgess said. "We played like a veteran team in both games and were totally focused and played very well.

"Hopefully, we can maintain this level over the next two weeks as the region tournament comes around. By winning both games [this] week, at home with North Hall on Tuesday and at West Hall on Friday, we have a chance, with a coin flip, to be the second seed."

Dawson County traveled to Buford on Friday night for a game against the athletic Wolves. The Tigers only managed to score in single digits in each of the first three quarters to fall, 52-38.

Earlier this season Buford defeated the Tigers 53-36.

The game was low scoring, just like the Tigers want, with Buford taking a 22-14 lead at half. The Wolves outscored Dawson County 17-6 in the third quarter to stretch their lead to 39-20.

The Tigers never gave up and cut the margin to 44-34 with a little over a minute left in the fourth quarter.

"Buford was way too athletic for us on the offensive end. We are able to play defense and rebound with them, but struggled getting shots," Burgess said.

Scoring for the Tigers were Sanderson with nine points, Dominy and Anglin added eight points each, Jackson Putnam - six points, Chester - three points and Lucas Pain had four points.

A.J. Davis, a Tennessee signee, had a game-high 16 points.

The Tigers have one more regular season game. The team will play at 8:15 p.m. Friday at West Hall.

The Region 7-AAA tournament will begin next week.