Coach Chad Pittman was very pleased with the play of his team in the first half last week against Blessed Trinity.
The second half—not so much.
“It was a tale of two halves,” Pittman said about the 68-63 loss on Dec. 5. “We played well, everyone contributed. Had a 38-21 lead at half.”
Pittman said that the third quarter was not a good start, but that the Tigers still had a lead at the end of that period when Cullen Reed hit a 3-pointer to end it. Dawson was up 48-39.
“In the fourth we had turnovers and it went from 53-42 to 54-53 when they took the lead,” he said. “We did get the lead again, but then they took it back and they got four rebounds with the lead and that broke our back.”
Cullen Reed finished the game with 29 points and Kane Pelfrey had 10.
“I was shocked for a day or two more than mad,” Pittman said.
The team watched film the next day to discuss what Pittman called a meltdown.
“I told them, I coached bad. Ya’ll played bad,” he said. “I was just shocked with as much experience as we have on the floor.”
Pittman said he hopes that this experience woke the team up and that it only makes them better as they head into a stretch of five games over eight days.
The loss takes the team to 3-2 overall.
The Tigers were scheduled to open region play with Greater Atlanta Christian on Dec. 8, but the weather did not allow it. As of press time, the game had not been rescheduled.
Dawson traveled to region rival Lumpkin County on Tuesday but results were not available as of press time.
Friday the team will host Fannin County for another region matchup as well as Alumni Night. The boys will play at 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 15 at home before heading to Forsyth County on Dec. 16 for a 5:30 p.m. tip.