Dawson County Varsity Boys Roster 2015-2016
1 Cullen Reed, 10th, Guard
2 Joseph Cronin, 11th, Guard
3 Wyatt Haase, 10th, Guard
4 Kane Pelfrey, 10th, Forward
5 Kolton Brumbelow, 11th, Point guard
10 Jeremiah Crumley, 10th, Guard
11 Jacob Moore, 10th, Guard
12 Noah Davis, 11th, Forward
14 Coey Watson, 10th, Point guard
21 Ron Mulberry, 12th, Forward
32 Corey Hammond, 11th, Forward
35 Ryan Gallenkamp, 10th, Forward
50 Gabe Bryant, 10th, Center
Dawson County started the 2015-2016 season with a 63-41 win over Pickens County last week in Dawsonville.
The opening quarter was huge for the Tigers, who outscored the Dragons 20 to 9 to take an 11-point lead behind the scoring of Cullen Reed and Gabe Bryant in the Nov. 18 contest.
Reed connected on two 3-pointers and Bryant converted four field goals for eight points in the first eight minutes of play.
Reed and Bryant led the Tigers in scoring with 18 and 17 points respectively.
"I thought we played very well. We shot the ball very well, which gave us some confidence early. It helped us to play inside out in the game. Defensively, we were very good covering their folks. It was just a good night to open the season," said head coach Thad Burgess.
The Tigers hit nine, 3-pointers in the game and were led by Reed, Jeremiah Crumley and Ryan Gallenkamp with two apiece.
Also hitting behind the 3-point arc were Joseph Cronin, Wyatt Haase and Ron Mulberry.
Pickens was led by Holden Roop with 20 points.
Pickens is now (0-1) on the season.
On Saturday the Tigers played host to a very good Rabun County team.
One player in particular caught the eye of the Dawson County fans.
Wildcat Matthew Addis connected on 13 for 15, 3-point shots for a game high 39 points to lead Rabun County to a 79-59 defeat of the Tigers.
Addis' biggest quarter came in the third when he hit six 3s for 18 of the 27 points the Wildcats scored in the quarter.
Dawson County led 13-11 after one quarter of play, but it was the only time the Tigers led the entire contest.
Rabun rallied for a 27-22 halftime advantage before outscoring Dawson County 27-17 in the third quarter to lead 54-39.
The Wildcats continued to pour it on in the final eight minutes, outscoring Dawson County 26-20 in the quarter to take the 20-point win.
Dawson County was led in scoring by two 14-point efforts by Crumley and Noah Davis. Crumley had three 3-pointers.
"In the first two games it is indicative of a young team that hasn't played together before," Burgess said. "We shot well against Pickens, which gave us some confidence in all areas. Then versus Rabun, just the opposite and then their kid (Addis) goes 13 for 15 from the three-point line and that affects everything we tried to do."
The Tigers are a very young team with only one senior on the varsity roster. They also have only one junior and are loaded with sophomores that play extensively.
"With such a young lineup there are going to be some difficult times. We just have to try and stay patient as they learn together. Only three weeks together is difficult to gain any confidence when you have never played together, and then a couple of football guys are still missing. Just have to keep going and battling to get better," Burgess said.
Dawson County's next game will be a rematch against Rabun County at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at Rabun County High School.