The Tigers took to the road for the first time in the GHSA state tournament when they traveled to Savannah Mar. 2 for a Final Four battle vs. the Hart County Bulldogs.
Dawson County opened the game on the defensive and was never able to recover as the Bulldogs established themselves with physical interior play and ran up an 11-0 lead in the opening minutes on their way to a 71-56 victory to end the Tigers' tournament run.
Senior Ahmad Kamara accounted for all of the Tigers’ first period points as fellow senior Luke Chism and junior Jasper Gibson did not find their rhythm until late in the second period to pull Dawson County to within 9 points by halftime with the score at 31-22 in favor of Hart County.
The teams traded 3-pointers to open the third period and then Gibson scored 8 unanswered points, assisted by two key blocks from Chism, to bring the Tigers within 3 points of the lead at the halfway mark of the period.
Hart County answered with their second 11-0 run of the night to pull away from the Tigers in the closing minutes of the third and they rode a 50-39 lead into the final quarter.
The game turned physical in the final minutes and the Tigers once again pulled within single digits of the lead but ultimately fell short in their bid for the GHSA championship game as the buzzer sounded on a final score of 71-56 to give Hart County the victory.
Chism and Gibson each scored 18 points to lead the Tigers while Kamara put down 12 points from underneath the net.
Dawson County finished the season as the Region 7-3AAA Champions with a regional record of 10-2 and completed their historic run in the GHSA state tournament with a final overall season record of 27-5.