Tyler Dominy scored a game-high 27 points as Dawson County defeated Banks County in Homer 50-44 Jan. 25.
The Tigers took a fairly comfortable 38-27 lead into the fourth quarter against the Leopards. Banks outscored Dawson in the fourth quarter, 17-12, but it wasn’t enough, as the Tigers held on for the win. “It is always tough to win away from home in our region,” said Tiger Head Coach Thad Burgess. “This win against Banks was important, especially this time of year.”
Dominy converted 8-of-8 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter to seal the win. He was 15-of-16 for the game from the charity stripe.
“Tyler had a great game for us offensively,” Burgess said.
Also scoring for Dawson were: Jacob Evans-17 points, Kaleb Holbrook-4 points and Stephen Johnson-2 points.
Leading Banks in scoring was Adam Hiter with 23 points.
On Friday the Tigers traveled to East Hall to face a very good Viking team.
Dawson jumped out to a quick 14-6 lead after one quarter of play. However, East Hall used it’s defensive pressure to go on a 16-0 run to close out the half en route to a 61-39 win.
The Tigers never led again with East Hall taking a 27-18 halftime advantage.
The Tigers went cold shooting 3-pointers against the Vikings. Dawson connected on only 2 of 19 attempts behind the arc.
Stephen Johnson made both three’s for the Tigers.
The two made 3-pointers were a season low for Dawson.
Jacob Evans kept Dawson in the game during the third quarter. He scored six of his game-high 14 points in the third.
Evans also pulled down 11 rebounds, as East Hall had a 44-30 lead going into the final quarter.
“We could play with them for about a half, just like last game with East Hall, but eventually their pressure and depth gets to us,” Burgess said.
“We just couldn’t come back after they made their run. Our shooting really hurt us,” he added.
Scoring for Dawson were: Jacob Evans-14 points, Tyler Dominy-10 points, Johnson-6 points, Jonathan Sanderson-2 points, Ethan Brown-2 points,Tyler King-2 points and Jackson Putnam-1 point.
Dawson is currently 13-6 overall and 2-4 in Region 8-AA play.
East Hall moved to 15-5 overall and 4-0 in the region.
The Tigers will play three of their next four games at home, which should be a huge advantage as all the games are region affairs.
Friday night the Tigers will host Rabun County. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.
“At the beginning of the year, I was hoping that we would still have a chance to get a higher seed as we ended our home game stretch, and winning at Fannin and Banks has done that for us. Presently, we can go anywhere from two through six in area seeding over the next two weeks. East Hall appears to have wrapped up the top seed on our side. This is the pressure part of our season, we will need our perimeter shooting to come around if we are to have a chance,” Burgess said.