The Dawson County High School varsity boys' basketball team moved to 2-1 with a 52-41 win at Union County last week.
The Tigers recovered from a slow start, in which they were trailing 10-8 after one quarter, to rebound in the second quarter and outscore the Panthers 15-10 to take a slim 25-18 lead into halftime.
Dawson County was able to build on its lead in the third quarter.
The patented zone defense limited Union County (1-2) to just seven points in the quarter. Coach Thad Burgess' team scored 10 points to have a little more breathing room at 35-25.
It was in the fourth quarter that Dawson County finally pulled away. Behind the scoring of Cullen Reed and Jeremiah Crumley, the Tigers scored 19 points to take the 11-point win.
Reed scored seven of his 12 points in the quarter. The guard was five of six from the free throw line with a field goal.
Crumley connected on a long three-pointer and was 2-2 from the charity stripe. He also contributed a 2-point field goal for his seven points for the game.
But the offensive story for the Tigers was the play of Ryan Gallenkamp. Gallenkamp hit three, three-pointers for a game-high 16 points.
The Tiger was consistent throughout and scored points in every quarter of the game.
Only six Panther players scored in the contest, led by Chase Shook with 14 points.
"I thought we played really well," Burgess said. "At the end of the game, when we needed to, we seemed to handle the pressure very well. Cullen Reed was a real champ. Cullen was sick the last two days and was able to play, which was very important. He (Reed) was able to get us in our [plays] and showed great leadership. The win was big just before the Thanksgiving break."
Completing the scoring for Dawson County were: Joseph Cronin-three points, Noah Davis-six points and Gabe Bryant with eight points.
For Union County Parker McCombs had nine points, Matthew Rich and Crawford Caldwell scored six points each, Lawson Baenninger scored four points, and Candler Caldwell had two points.
Up next for Dawson County will be a non-region game Friday at home against Chestatee High School (0-2). Coach Chad Pittman's team has lost to Discovery, 73-35, and Johnson, 74-68.
It will be Dawson County Park and Recreation Night.
On Dec. 8, the Tigers will travel to Rabbittown for a Region 7-AAA match-up with East Hall.
The Vikings, under Coach Joe Dix, are undefeated so far this season with a 2-0 record. East Hall has beaten Rabun County, 84-63, and Paideia, 68-54.
Friday's game will tipoff at 8:30 p.m. while next week's game will begin at 7:30 p.m.