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Tigers dominate
Move to 2-0 for season
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Mitchell Putnam, in his retro game uniform, shoots a layup over a Tallulah Falls defender. - photo by Ryan Coker Dawson Community News

Domination would be the term used to describe Dawson County's first wins of the season.

The Tigers have not allowed an opposing team to score in double digits in any one quarter of play in two games, as they have easily defeated Tallulah Falls, 67-16, and Towns County, 64-22.

The Tigers are currently 2-0 on the season.

Both coaching staffs, boys and girls, decided to wear throwback jerseys for their games against Tallulah.

"It was a very fun night to open up the season as we had Retro Night," said Head Coach Thad Burgess.

"We went into the closets and pulled out an old uniform and dressed retro for the games. Our guys came out and had fun and played well."

Tallulah knew they were in for a long night when Tigers Tyler Dominy opened the scoring with a thunderous dunk.

The large Tuesday night crowd was energized from the opening tip. Dominy had two more dunks in the game.

Dawson opened up a 37-2 lead after two quarters of play and never looked back.

The Tigers outscored Tallulah Falls 30-14 in the final two quarters to come away with the 51-point win.

Because of the score, Burgess was able to get every player into the game.

Nine different Tigers scored, led by Lucas Pain with 13 points. Pain also grabbed nine rebounds.

"It was a good way to reward everyone with playing time for their preseason work. It was also a valuable game experience for a young team," Burgess said. "I knew this would be a fun team to watch and coach due to their high character."

Tigers scorers: Pain - 13 points, Tyler Dominy - 11 points, Camron Chester - 9 points, Grant Shope - 9 points, Gunnar Armstrong - 9 points, Will Anglin - 7 points, Jonathan Sanderson - 7 points, Jackson Putnam - 4 points and Mitchell Putnam - 2 points.

Tallulah Falls was led in scoring by Morgan Adams with 5 points.

There was another big crowd on Saturday night as the Tigers' fans watched Dawson demolish Towns County by 42 points.

Tyler Dominy took over the game on offense and scored 25 points to lead the Tigers.

"Another great crowd. Our students are tailgating before the game and it really is giving us a true home court advantage by them getting into the game," Burgess said.

"Another good night to gain some confidence and get a lot of playing time for several players. I like how we have come out and taken control early each game and had some killer instinct and intensity. Still making a lot of mistakes, but I believe they are correctable and get improved on in practice," he added.

The score was 40-13 at halftime against Towns.

The Tigers controlled all phases of the game. Once again, the Tigers were able to go deep into the bench and get some much needed playing time for all their players.

Tigers' scorers were: Chester - 8 points, Bruce Clark - 8 points, Pain - 7 points, Armstrong - 5 points, Sanderson - 6 points, Will Anglin - 2 points, M. Putnam - 2 points and J. Putnam - 1 point.

Grant Arcena led Towns County on offense with 10 points.

Dawson will take the court next at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29 when the team will travel to White County.

"The week layoff will be good and bad in that I worry about conditioning with the down time. However, the football guys will finally get a few days away and can get their bodies some rest after joining us immediately after their season. Since we have two tournaments during Christmas Break I am going to give them a day or two extra off.

"We have two challenges when we get back with a road game at White County and then a Friday night game against a much improved Gilmer team," Burgess said.