The Dawson County boys basketball team continued its winning ways with three victories last week.
The Tigers are unblemished on the season with a 7-0 record. Head Coach Thad Burgess’ team defeated Cross Keys, 61-31, Gilmer County, 67-32, and Walnut Grove, 53-52.
Last Tuesday the team traveled to Cross Keys High School for a rematch with the Indians. The Tigers had no problems dispatching the Indians after the opening quarter in which Dawson outscored Cross Keys 21-4.
Dawson County extended its lead to 33-15 at the half.
The Tigers never looked back and came away with the 30-point win.
“This was our first game without Kaleb Holbrook,” said Burgess. “It was a good chance to get some game experience for our bench, which will be a key for depth as we get into our schedule.
“Nice to see Tyler King have a good shooting night, hitting on four three-pointers. We will need for everyone to step up after losing Kaleb for the season.”
Jacob Evans had another double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds.
Tyler King and Stephen Scaife also scored in double digits with 12 and 13 points respectively.
Also scoring for Dawson were Stephen Johnson with nine points, Levi Wilson poured in five points, Tyler Dominy added seven points and Roman Stroud scored one point.
The Tigers traveled to Ellijay for a game with Gilmer County on Friday night.
The Bobcats (1-4) held the game close in the first half, with Dawson going into the locker room with a slim 26-19 lead.
Burgess delivered a fiery halftime speech to his team. It worked as the Tigers poured in 27 points in the third quarter to open up the game 53-30.
Gilmer was only able to score two points in the final quarter and Dawson dominated with a 67-32 win.
“I was really pleased the way we came out the second half and took over the game. We shot really well on the road,” Burgess said.
Jacob Evans had another huge night on offense and rebounding for the Tigers.
Evans finished the game with 24 points and 15 rebounds. He hit his first four 3-pointers in the opening quarter.
Tyler Dominy was also impressive on offense, scoring 15 points.
Levi Wilson also scored in double digits with 12 points.
Rounding out the scoring were Roman Stroud with five points, Logan Lewis and Tyler King with three points each, Stephen Scaife and Stephen Johnson contributed with two points each.
Saturday’s game with Walnut Grove proved how resilient the Tigers are.
Dawson was down by 13 points in the fourth quarter before winning at the buzzer on a clutch 3-point shot by Jacob Evans.
Evans had his fourth consecutive double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds.
Both teams were playing evenly through the first two quarters of play.
The Warriors went in at the half with a slight 24-21 lead over the Tigers.
Walnut Grove opened up the scoring in the third quarter and outscored Dawson County 20-11 and stretched its lead to 44-32.
Dawson’s match-up zone came up big in the fourth quarter.
The Tigers limited Walnut Grove to only eight points, while scoring 21 points, to pull out the win.
“We showed great heart by fighting back,” remarked Burgess. “We only played six players the entire game and they fought hard. It was a big night with a big Saturday night crowd.”
Stephen Scaife also had a huge night offensively, pouring in 23 points from his point guard position.
Also contributing to the Tiger offensive attack were: Levi Wilson with six points; Logan Lewis with three points and Tyler Dominy added two points.
The team will host a very talented Jefferson team on Friday night. It will be a huge test for the Tigers. Tip-off will be at 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, the team will travel to White County for a match-up with the Warriors.
Game time will be 5:30 p.m.
“The next two weeks will be extremely difficult,” said Burgess.