The No. 10-ranked Dawson County boys basketball team picked up two wins last week against Banks County, 55-53, and non-region foe White County, 54-51. Sandwiched in between, the Tigers lost their first game of the season to an athletic Jefferson team, 65-54.
Head Coach Thad Burgess and his team are an impressive 9-1 on the season.
Tiger point guard Stephen Scaife hit a shot at the buzzer for the win in overtime against Banks County in Homer last Tuesday, Dec. 8. Scaife finished the game with 16 points.
Dawson fell behind 21-6 after one quarter of play and had to battle the rest of the evening to send the game into overtime.
The Tiger defense dug down in the second quarter and held the Leopards to only eight points, while their offense turned it up and scored 19 points to get back in the game.
“I’m proud how we battled on the road after being down so much,” said Burgess. “We have just found a way to win.”
Once again Jacob Evans recorded a double-double for the Tigers. Evans finished the game with 21 points, to lead all scorers, and 14 rebounds.
Steven Johnson had five points and Levi Wilson contributed three points in the come-from-behind-win.
A packed house was on-hand at the Ford E. Phillips Gymnasium on Friday night to watch Dawson and Jefferson battle.
The game didn’t disappoint anyone. Jefferson used a big third quarter to put the game out of reach, leading 39-30. Dawson couldn’t recover and the Dragons dealt the Tigers their first loss of the season after eight straight wins.
“Jefferson is very good,” said Burgess. “We had a difficult time stopping their point guard Minor (Darius) in the fourth quarter. We feel like we can compete with them, even though we did not have a great game. Our depth bothered us against Jefferson. I still like how our team is giving great effort.”
Evans led all Tiger scorers with 17 points.
Jesse Damons, 22 points, and Darius Minor, 21 points, spearheaded the Dragons.
The Tigers traveled to Cleveland on Saturday for a non-region game with White County (3-2) out of Region 7-AAA.
Stephen Scaife scored 19 points to help Dawson recover from its first loss of the season with a big win.
Dawson used a big second quarter offensively to outscored White, 21-13, and forge to a 31-23 lead at halftime.
Jacob Evans and Tyler Dominy added 14 and 11 points respectively for Dawson County.
White County was led by Luke Crumley with 19 points.
“We played our best game of the year last night,” said Burgess. “I was extremely proud of how we responded after our first loss on Friday, against a very strong team that had already beaten Union twice, Lumpkin County and Jackson County. We showed great heart and effort on the road.”
The Tigers will travel to face a tough East Jackson team this Friday night in Commerce.
Tip off for the boys game will be at 8:30 p.m.