After the Clear Creek Bobcats scored on their opening possession, the Dawson County seventh grade team took the lead and would not give it up again, except for a briefly tied score in the first quarter, during last week's win at home.
The Tigers finished off the Bobcats with a 49-35 victory during a school-wide "blackout" to bring spirit week to a close.
Students packed the stands at Dawson County Middle School for the Dec. 8 game, many with t-shirts and cardboard cutouts of Coach Kevin Grigsby.
Braeden Hubbard had a steal and score early to set the pace. He would score 10 on the night.
The DCMS defense put the pressure on early as well.
Zach Holtzclaw scored as he went to the floor on an and one near the end of the first quarter. DCMS had a 14-11 lead.
The Tigers were able to pull down a number of offensive rebounds, getting multiple looks when they needed it.
At the half, Dawson held a 25-19 lead.
The third quarter saw a scoring drought for both teams until Jackson Binkley hit a 3-pointer with about 3 minutes left in the quarter.
After that, Holtzclaw went to work putting in three of his five 3-point shots from the right side. He finished the game with 18 points.
Clear Creek took a time out with 3:34 to play and the score at 41-27.
Out of the timeout, the Bobcats hit a 3-pointer and applied pressure for a turnover. Clear Creek drew a foul, but couldn't convert but one of the free throw shots.
Then Holtzclaw put in his third three of the second half.
The win all but locks up a No. 1 seed for the team in the Mountain League tournament and takes the Tigers to 5-1 overall. The team played Lumpkin County on Dec. 12 but results were not available as of press time.
Next up for the Tigers is a 4:30 p.m. game tomorrow at Fannin.