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Tigers come out on top in tough game with Denmark Danes
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Junior Jasper Gibson drives toward the basket in a game against the Denmark Danes Jan. 18. - photo by Bob Christian

Representing the Dawson County varsity basketball team, senior Luke Chism and junior Jasper Gibson combined for 55 points against the Danes Jan. 18, leading the Tigers to a 68-49 victory at Denmark High School in Alpharetta.

“They’re 15-5, they’re pretty good,” Head Coach Chad Pittman said. “We’re going to have to play or else we won’t be happy in an hour and a half.”

Chism spread his points across the game, starting in the first period when he immediately challenged the Danes defense for control of the lane and pushed through for 6 points from the floor along with 2 more from the free-throw line.

Juniors Brody Howell and Bryson Broadway added points in the rebound battle to give the Tigers the edge by a score of 13-11 heading into the second period.

The interior battle turned physical in the second period as the Danes resorted to fouling Chism’s attacks on the net.

Chism made them pay, dropping in 4 points from the line in addition to continuing to score from the floor.

After an ice-cold first period, Gibson began to find success late in the second and he found the net for the final 7 points of the period to give the Tigers a 28-23 lead heading into the locker room.

Gibson exploded in the third period with five 3-pointers (at one point hitting three in a row), along with two buckets that were just shy of the arc, for a total of 19 points in the period. Chism added another 4 points but his six assists in the period were the key to the Tigers maintaining their lead as they headed into the final period.

The Tigers defense came to the forefront in the closing minutes of the game as junior Eli Burrus and senior Ahmad Kamara dominated the rebound battles and put points on the board from underneath. Chism continued to find success in the lane, rounding out his night with another 6 points to lead the Tigers to victory by the final score of 68-49.

Gibson led the Tigers in scoring with 28 points on the night, followed closely by Chism, who racked up 27 points.

The win moved the Tigers to an overall record of 17-4 but did nothing to affect the Tigers standings in region 7-AAA, where Dawson County remains locked in second place after a loss to Greater Atlanta Christian on Jan. 15.

After giving up an early lead in the first period, the Tigers fought but were unable to overcome the deficit, losing by a final score of 72-60.

A late game rally led by Chism and Reed brought the Tigers within striking distance as they racked up 29 fourth-period points, but they were unable to contain GAC, who posted 21 points of their own, and the buzzer sounded on a final score of 72-60

Chism led the way for Dawson County with an interior attack that resulted in 24 points, followed by juniors Campbell Reed and Eli Burrus who posted double digits with 12 and 10 points respectively.

The Tigers dropped to 6-2 in the region, both losses coming at the hands of the Spartans, and remained in sole possession of second place

With only two weeks remaining in the season, the Tigers took on the North Hall Trojans Jan. 22 at Dawson County High School in a critical 7-AAA regional game that marks the beginning of the end of the 2018-19 campaign.