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Still undefeated
Record for Tigers 4-0
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Sophomore guard Jonathan Sanderson sets up the offense against Gilmer County High School. In a battle of two previously unbeaten teams the Tigers prevailed 55-48. - photo by Ryan Coker Dawson Community News

Undefeated has a nice sound to it, every team strives to win every game it plays. So far that has been true for the Dawson County varsity boys basketball team coached by Thad Burgess.

The Tigers are currently 4-0 with big wins at White County, 38-24, and a huge home win over formerlly undefeated Gilmer County, 55-48.

Dawson County never trailed against White County on Nov. 29.

The Tigers opened up a 32-19 lead after three quarters of play and never relinquished the lead.

It was Dawson County's first away trip of the season.

"In Tuesday's win at White, I was pleased how we played. For many of the players it was their first time having a road game. Also our match-up zone really gave White [County] some trouble. We are getting an idea how to play it," Burgess said.

Tyler Dominy led the Tigers in scoring with 16 points.

Dominy was perfect from the free throw line. He converted all four of his attempts from the line.

Dominy's four were the only free throws the Tigers shot the entire game.

Tigers scoring: Tyler Dominy - 16 points; Jonathan Sanderson - 4 points; Will Anglin - 5 points; Lucas Pain - 5 points; Mitchell Putnam - 4 points and Camron Chester - 4 points.

It was a packed gym for Friday night's game against Gilmer County High School.

The students came out in force to support the Tigers against an undefeated Gilmer County team. Gilmer had a perfect 5-0 record coming into the game.

The Tigers were aggressive inside and forced the Bobcats into bad shots and came away with the 7 point victory.

Dawson's defense was superb. The Tigers contested every outside shot Gilmer attempted and hit the boards hard. The Tigers out-rebounded the athletic Bobcat team.

Despite getting outscored in the second and fourth quarters, the Tigers built an 18-point lead halfway through the third quarter, 36-18.

Gilmer did not give up and its pressure defense cut the lead to 10 with less than 30 seconds to play. The Bobcats scored with less than 10 seconds to play to finally get the score into single digits.

Clutch free throw shooting by Jonathan Sanderson down the stretch sealed the win for the Tigers.

"We played super against Gilmer. We really have improved with each game. The game was very intense and aggressive on defense. It was a great night and we had a big crowd. The students have really been behind this team," Burgess said.

Intensity was the common theme for the game. Both coaches were trying to defend their teams on several calls that could have gone either way.

With 4:06 remaining in the fourth quarter, Burgess picked up his second technical foul and was ejected from the arena. With the ejection, Burgess must sit out the next two games. The two will be against Tech High School on Friday and Fellowship Christian today.

Assistant varsity and junior varsity coach Wes Greer will take his place for those two games.

For the fourth straight game Tyler Dominy scored in double digits with a game-high 24 points.

Camron Chester joined Dominy in double digits with 10 points and several big rebounds.

Ryan Lowery and Austin White scored 11 and 10 points respectively for the Bobcats.

Tigers scoring: Tyler Dominy - 24 points; Camron Chester - 10 points; Will Anglin - 9 points; Jonathan Sanderson - 6 points; Lucas Pain - 4 points and Bruce Clark - 4 points.

The team will host Tech High School at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The game will also serve as Dawson County Park and Recreation Night with all local park and recreation teams being recognized between the varsity boys and varsity girls games.

On Saturday, the Tigers will travel to Towns County for a match up with the Indians. Dawson defeated Towns county 64-22 in its first game of the season. Tip-off for Saturday's game will be 7:30 p.m.