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Varsity boys pick up win over Lumpkin County, fall to GAC
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Senior Jeremiah Crumley scores two points for the Tigers against region rival Lumpkin County. - photo by Jessica Taylor

The Dawson County Varsity Boys basketball team picked up another win in regional play after a thrashing of rival Lumpkin County during Friday evening’s Homecoming Game.

With a strong 39-14 lead at the half, Dawson County exhibited a solid defensive performance. Refusing to let up and going on to score another 32 points in the second half, the Tigers finalized the beat down 71-42.

I'm pleased with how everyone shared the ball and played unselfishly,” said Head Coach Chad Pittman in response to the victory over the Indians. “I think when we play like a team and allow everyone to contribute, we are really good." 

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Senior Ryan Gallenkamp goes for a lay-up and scores for the Tigers. - photo by Jessica Taylor

Following the win over Lumpkin County, DCHS hosted Greater Atlanta Christian on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers lost handedly 86-47. Despite a valiant effort from Dawson County, solid defensive performances from a fourth ranked Spartan team made it difficult for the Tigers to keep up.

“I think GAC is the best team in the league even though they lost early on to East Hall,” Pittman said. “They are very balanced, but I don't think we played as well as we are capable."

While the Tigers played cohesively on Friday night, relying heavily on their ability to pass the ball to one another, their performance against GAC on Saturday was characterized by more one-on-one ball.

Looking ahead, the loss to Greater Atlanta Christian is sure to serve as a wake-up call. The Tigers are now halfway through their regional play with a 6-1 record, and an overall record of 14 - 5.

"We are in a great situation," said Pittman. "We have the ability to control our own destiny and we can choose how to respond."

The Tigers hit the road for a game against Fannin County on Tuesday but results were not available as of press time.  The Tigers will travel to Hall County take on North Hall on Jan. 26. Dawson County was prepared to face GAC in an away game last week, but the game was canceled on account of bad weather. The rematch against GAC will take place next Saturday, Jan. 27 in Norcross.

 In preparation for a big week, the Tigers will emphasize executing more effectively and coming together as a team.

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Senior Cullen Reed scores against Lumpkin County Jan. 19. - photo by Jessica Taylor