The Dawson County High School boys team continued their early season struggles, losing 69-62 to East Forsyth.
“It came down to the fundamental details of basketball,” said coach Todd Cottrell. “We turned the ball over way too many times and they didn’t and they created some opportunities in the paint and finished around the basket the way we couldn’t. I was proud of how he competed we are close to being a really good basketball team we just got to make some more plays.”
The Broncos took the lead into the locker room at the end of the first half by a score of 34-32. Sophomore Trey Harvey led the team in scoring at the break with 11, including three three-pointers. Senior Luke Mulberry ended the first half with eight points and seven rebounds.
A 21-12 third quarter in favor of Dawson County had the Tigers up by 7 heading into the last 8 minutes. A big part of the Tigers’ comeback was the ability to hit three’s when needed.
“We got guys that can shoot it well when they’re open,” said Cottrell.
Two of those guys were Mulberry ,who finished the game with a double-double with 13 points 11 rebounds as well as two assists and four steals, and Harvey, who scored a team-high 16 points. Senior Lane Perry added on seven points and 11 rebounds in the loss and senior Jackson Binkley led the team in assists with six.
The Tigers held a seven point advantage after the 3rd quarter, but were outscored 23-9 in the 4th. The offense struggled in part to a lack of interior offensive pressure.
“Typically, we’re better inside than we were tonight and our stuff around the basket,” said Cottrell. “We missed a lot of opportunities in front of the basket that we have to take advantage of.”
The Tigers will take on 9-0 (3-0 in region) Gilmer County on Friday in Ellijay along with the girls team. According to Cottrell, the key Friday is ball control.
“We just got to take care of the ball better,” said Cottrell. “That’s the first thing we just got to protect. Defensively we’re going to have to protect the paint a little better.”