After a solid start and a close loss to a talented John's Creek team last week, the Dawson County Tigers' boys' basketball program got another win in the North Forsyth Thanksgiving Tournament over Northview on Nov. 21.
The Tigers defeated Northview 53-42 behind the scoring of Joseph Cronan who had 20 points on the afternoon.
"I'm really proud of the guys in both games. The effort has been really good. I thought we put a pretty complete game together against Northview," said Head Coach Chad Pittman.
Cullen Reed added 11 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Ryan Gallenkamp had another 9 points and 10 rebounds of his own.
"Their team is really guard strong," Pittman said. "Their best player is a point guard. He really likes to get up and down and attack the basket. I felt like we almost took him totally out of the game. So I was really proud of that."
Pittman said that he feels like the team has already faced a lot of different situations early in the season, from the overtime in the scrimmage game to a fairly easy win against Rabun to the challenge of John's Creek.
"So we have seen about every different type of situation. So I was really proud. We finished well, made some free throws down the stretch," he said.
The win put the Tigers into the next round against St. Pius on Nov. 22.
Dawson lost to the Golden Lions by a final of 50-36.
"St. Pius. It was day three. Everybody was a little tired and they are a really good basketball team. They are very disciplined, very fundamentally sound," Pittman said. "They have got size. They have got good guard play. They will probably make some noise in the state tournament."
But Pittman believes it is games like the St. Pius one that will make the difference down the stretch come January and February.
He was proud of the effort after St. Pius jumped out to an 11-0 lead at the start of the game.
"Then you don't really know, especially early in the year, how the team is going to respond to that," he said.
After cutting the lead to single digits, the Golden Lions were able to go back up by 14 at the half.
Dawson County continued to push back through the third quarter, cutting the lead back again.
"I was really proud because we came out and went on a 5-0 run and held them. We just scrapped and clawed and early in the fourth we had cut it down to 7 or 8. Then toward the end, we couldn't make shots," he said.
Reed led the scoring against the Golden Lions, scoring 17 of the team's 36 points.
"He was pretty consistent throughout," Pittman said of his efforts in the tournament.
The team was off over the Thanksgiving break but begins preparations this week for their first home game.
The loss takes the Tigers to 2-2 overall.
The first home game for the Tigers will be at 7 p.m. Friday against Blessed Trinity. The ninth grade boys will play at 5:30 p.m.
The home game will be park and recreation night and players will be recognized between games. All park and rec players can wear their team uniform to get free entry into the game.
The boys and girls Dawson County basketball teams, including junior varsity, will face White County beginning at 3 p.m. on Dec. 4 at home.
On Dec. 6 the varsity girls and boys teams will play Rabun County at home for middle school and junior high school night. Teams will be introduced between the varsity girls and boys games and players can wear their uniforms for free entry.