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Region action begins for Dawson boys
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Cullen Reed attempts a shot over two Chestatee defenders. - photo by Ryan Coker Dawson County News

The Dawson County High School varsity boys' basketball team will enter region play with an overall record of 3-2.

Last week Head Coach Thad Burgess' Tigers lost at Rabun County, 46-36, on Tuesday before rebounding to defeat Chestatee, 41-33, at home on Friday.

Coming up for the Tigers are two huge Region 7-AAA games.

Yesterday, the team played at East Hall (3-1), scores were unavailable at press time, before making the long trip on Dec. 15 to face undefeated Banks County, who is currently 5-0.

The two games will begin the region schedule for Dawson County.

The game with Rabun County (2-3) was close throughout with the Wildcats pulling away in overtime to take the 10-point win.

Tied, 8-8, after one quarter the Tigers trailed by one point at halftime, 17-16, in the slow paced game.

Rabun edged ahead, 24-21, after three quarters of play.

Dawson County tied the score in regulation play, sending the game to overtime.

In the extra period, the Tigers managed two points, on a basket by Coey Watson.

While the Wildcats scored 22 of their game high 46 points in overtime and the fourth quarter.

Briley Fisher for the Wildcats scored five of his nine points in the final two periods of play.

The Tiger defense rose to the occasion and held Rabun County scorer Matthew Addis to just two made free throws. In last week's game against Dawson County Addis scored 39 points on 13 made three-pointers.

Ethan Dickerson and Tevan Dixon led Rabun County in scoring with 13 points each.

For Dawson County, Ryan Gallenkamp and Cullen Reed had a big fourth quarter. Gallenkamp connected on two three-pointers, while Reed scored seven of his 10 points in the quarter.

Gallenkamp led the Tigers in scoring with 12 points on 4 three-point shots made. Jeremiah Crumley scored 3 points, Watson finished with seven points, and Gabe Bryant added four points to round out the scoring for the Tigers.

Friday's home game against Chestatee (0-5) was similar to the game against Rabun County except the Tigers came out on top.

The Tigers defense limited Chestatee to single digit scoring in the first three quarters to come away with the eight point win.

Dawson County got off to a great start in the first quarter behind the scoring of Reed.

Reed scored nine of his game-high 19 points in the quarter to give the Tigers an 11-4 lead.

The Tigers extended their advantage to 23-13 at halftime and never trailed.

Burgess' team was patient on offense and stingy on defense and upped its lead to 34-18 after 24 minutes of play.

Free throws were a major factor for the game. Dawson County converted 10 of 13 attempts from the charity stripe.

Besides Reed's 19 points the Tigers placed seven other players in the scoring column.

Bryant added eight points in the victory, while Crumley and Gallenkamp had three points each. Jacob Moore, Noah Davis, Watson and Cody Hammond each had two points.

Mikey Petrarol led Chestatee in scoring with 16 points.