Head Coach Thad Burgess’ varsity boys’ basketball team is on the right track.
The Tigers have currently won three straight games to improve their record to an impressive 4-1 on the season.
Dawson won two games in convincing style last week over Gilmer County, 53-41, on Friday night, and The Galloway School, 61-32, on Tuesday night.
The game with Galloway (2-3) was never in question as the Tigers raced out to a 26-4 lead after only one quarter of play.
The Scots managed only six points in two quarters of play as the game was pretty much finished at halftime. The Tigers were comfortably ahead 31-6.
Dawson dominated on the boards against the much smaller Galloway team.
The Tigers held a huge 47-26 advantage in rebounds.
Burgess was able to see several of his younger players get in some minutes in the game.
“We came out and shot the ball really well, hitting on seven three-pointers in the first five minutes of play,” Burgess said. “I am extremely pleased with our early efforts and attitude to this point of the season. I was able to get a lot of players some quality playing time tonight.”
Will Anglin and Tyler Dominy shared the high-point scoring totals for the Tigers.
The Tiger sophomores scored 13 points each in the win.
Senior Jacob Evans also scored in double figures with 12 points.
Rounding out the scoring for the Tigers against Galloway were Stephen Johnson with seven points, Ethan Brown had six points, Levi Wilson, Tyler King and Camron Chester each had three points and Grant Shope scored a single point.
On Friday the team played host to Gilmer County from Ellijay.
The Tiger defense shutdown the Bobcats (1-4) in the first half, allowing them single digits in the first and second quarter. Gilmer managed only nine points in the first quarter and only eight points in the second quarter as they had a hard time figuring out the Dawson 3-2 zone defense.
Dawson went into halftime with a 27-17 advantage.
“We were very good defensively the entire night,” Burgess said.
The Tigers allowed Gilmer only one offensive rebound for the entire game.
“The one offensive rebound was the least number of rebounds that a team I have coached has ever done,” Burgess said.
The Tigers matched baskets with Gilmer in the second half, barely outscoring the Bobcats 26-24. It was enough to come away with the 12-point win over a AAA opponent.
Jacob Evans had a huge night for the Tigers. Evans finished the game with 23 points and 13 rebounds for his second double-double of the season.
Tyler Dominy and Will Anglin also contributed double digits in scoring with 16 and 10 points respectively.
Tiger Kaleb Holbrook also had four points in the win.
“We really had a great crowd here tonight for the game. I thought that Will Anglin came off the bench and gave us some energy. Jacob Evans and Tyler Dominy continue to score points for us,” Burgess said.
“We have been taking care of business since the Thanksgiving break. Of course we have a long way to go and we also have many areas that need a tremendous amount of improvement. We have got to be able to get some depth from our younger players on the bench, but overall I am very pleased with our effort the last three games,” Burgess added.
The Tigers play at Lambert High School tonight. The Longhorns have a good ball club and are 4-2 on the season.
Dawson will be at home this Saturday for a game with Hebron Christian Academy. It will be Park and Recreation Night. Tip off will at 7:30 p.m.