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Eighth grade boys basketball win championship game
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From left to right: Manager Chloe Chameli, Coach Judd Gravitt, Lane Perry, Gabe Sanchez, Ben Swafford, Luke Mulberry, Ethan Smith, Cody Hudson, Braedon Hubbard, Jack Binkley, CJ Hudson, Zach Holtzclaw, AJ Moore, Kasey Strickland, Tristin Talley and Manger Sophie Chameli. - photo by For the Dawson County News

Undefeated in its regular season, the eighth grade middle school boys basketball team traveled to Clear Creek Middle School early last week to participate in the North Georgia Mountain League Tournament.

The Tigers fought their way to the championship game where they faced the Fannin County Rebels. The middle school boys held their opponent to 6 points in the first half, and ultimately won the game 53-23.

MVP Ryan Holtzclaw exhibited a star performance against Fannin County, scoring 21 points for the Tigers. Holtzclaw finished the season averaging a regional high score of 20.7 points per game.

Luke Mulberry was named to the All-Tournament Team after putting up a double-double in the championship. Mulberry managed an impressive 13 points and 10 rebounds against the Rebels.

Despite recent injuries, guards Braedon Hubbard and Ethan Smith exhibited stellar defensive performances.

“The team played its best defensive game of the season,” said Head Coach Judd Gravitt. “Braedon and Ethan helped set the tone defensively with great ball pressure and several steals apiece."

 Other key performances came from players Ben Swafford and Tristan Talley. For Dawson County, Jackson Binkley was named to the tournament's All-Academic Team.

Bringing home a regional championship and ending the season 10-2, this is certainly only the beginning for the eighth grade Tigers. As the talented group continues to develop their talents and skills, Dawson County can certainly look forward to the exciting talent that this rising high school team will bring to the court next season.