The Dawson County Tigers hosted West Hall last Friday and the senior squad was able to keep the Spartan offense in check on its way to a 73-56 win.
“My worry was we had played well but hadn’t played in 10-11 days,” said Head Coach Chad PIttman. “Early turnovers and I thought uh-oh we haven’t taken a step back, have we? Good thing is we have seniors to right the ship.”
Early in the game, Jeremiah Crumley and Ryan Gallenkamp came up with rebounds and Cullen Reed picked up a big block before Crumley would begin the scoring with a 3-pointer.
In the first period, Crumley drained three of those on his way to 14 points, five rebounds and four assists on the night.
Ryan Gallenkamp would add 2 points from up top and another down low on a turnaround under the basket.
The Tigers had a 16-8 lead after one quarter.
“We held their top scorer to under double digits,” Pittman said. “That took them back. Defensively we had good intensity, had good team defense.”
Cullen and Campbell Reed would get in on the scoring in the second quarter with Cullen Reed scoring 9 in that period and Campbell Reed knocking down a three and putting in two at the line.
A Gallenkamp block would send a West Hall player to the floor and prompt a Spartan timeout. Gallenkamp would pick up another block before half.
“He’s kind of an unsung hero type,” Pittman said. “He’s not leading scorer kind. Very consistent. Actually got mad at him for not taking more shots.”
Gallenkamp finished the game with 10 points and six rebounds.
“Defense doesn’t sell tickets or newspapers. For our team to be successful Gallenkamp has to play well and Kane has to play well. We ask a lot of those guys,” Pittman said.
To open the second half, Crumley drew a charge and Kane Pelfrey scored on back-to-back possessions before West Hall would call a timeout with the score 41-19 in favor of the Tigers.
Campbell Reed added another basket and a Gallenkamp would add one before going to the line and hitting both free throws on the next trip down.
Cullen Reed got his Spartan defender on a head fake and drove in for 2 points before Campbell Reed would add a three at the end of the third period.
“When we have four players in double digits, I like our chances,” Pittman said.
Cullen Reed finished with 13 points, six rebounds and four assists while Campbell Reed had 12 points and six assists.
The Tigers are 3-1 overall and traveled to Blessed Trinity on Tuesday, but results were not available as of press time.
Dawson County will host Greater Atlanta Christian for their region opener on Friday.
“Gotta play them sometime, might as well be first,” Pittman said. “Their guard play is a little better this year than last. That will be a challenge.”
The Tigers will play GAC at 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 at home.