Former basketball players from Dawson County High School varsity programs came out last week for Alumni Night during the Tigers' games against Habersham Central.
Alumni were asked to sign up ahead of time so that they could get free entry to the games and be appropriately acknowledged at mid court between the varsity girls and boys basketball games.
More than 50 former players attended and had the chance to purchase old uniform shirts, peruse year books from the glory days and celebrate with cake and punch.
Coach Chad Pittman welcomed each player as they made their way onto the floor to have pictures made and their names read off to the crowd.
"[It] was great," Pittman said. "Especially for the first year. I believe it will help us continue tradition and create great history for our program. Can't wait until next year...it will be even bigger and better."
The Dawson County High School boys' basketball team continued their streak last week when Habersham Central came to town.
The Tigers won their fourth straight game in seven days when they defeated the Raiders on Dec. 19 for alumni night. Dawson won 66-39.
"I was really pleased with the effort, four games in seven days is a big deal," said Head Coach Chad Pittman. "I really feel like we are going the right direction, getting better, which is what we are supposed to do in every game.
"Tonight was a total team effort."
During the win over Habersham, the team had 24 assists, attesting to the unselfish play and total team effort.
Cullen Reed opened the scoring on a jumper for two and Ryan Gallenkamp added another two on the next possession.
Habersham answered with a three before Jeremiah Crumley dropped his own 3-pointer to prompt the first time out by Habersham.
It didn't help.
Reed hit another two and Crumley another three.
Crumley finished the night with 16 points, nine assists and six rebounds.
Dawson continued to pour it on with a Cronan 3-pointer from the corner and a Reed two from the top of the key. The Raiders next timeout came with 2:56 in the first quarter and a 12 point deficit at 17-5.
"I was really pleased that we finally played better with success meaning we got up and we didn't say ‘we want ya'll to come back and make it a close game.' We have done that this year a few times and it came back to haunt us a couple of times," Pittman said. "We did a good job of finishing the game strong."
In the second quarter, Kane Pelfrey would put two in from the line and Cronan added another three from the corner.
Cronan finished the game with 11 points and Reed with 13.
Just before the half, Crumley was fouled and reliably sunk two from the line before driving to the basket on the ensuing possession to add two more.
The Tigers had a 35-29 lead at the half.
In the third period, Crumley and Pelfrey both drained threes from the corners and when the Tigers lead grew to 20 points, the Raiders called another timeout.
A Gallenkamp steal set up a Reed 3-pointer and a Cronan steal would set up Gallenkamp.
Heading to the fourth, Dawson led 53-24.
Watson hit Gallenkamp on a beautiful pass underneath for a wide open basket.
Wyatt Haase added two 3-pointers in the fourth.
The win put the Tigers at 7-5 and 2-1 in region play. The team opened play in the Commerce Christmas Classic yesterday against Stephens County but results were not available as of press time.
The tournament continues through tomorrow. Check next week's Dawson County News for updates.
The JV Tigers struggled in their outing against the Habersham Raiders, losing on Dec. 19, 58-43 at home.
Eric Pope had a block and drew two charges early from the Raiders before scoring a quick two and coming up with a rebound on the defensive end.
Dawson called a timeout with 6:11 in the second quarter when they were down 12-4.
They had back-to-back turnovers out of the timeout.
Carlos Keller came up with a block and Tate Adkins put in a three to get things going, but turnovers continued to plague the Tigers before the team went to half down 27-16.
Adkins had an assist to Pope after Habersham went to the line early in the third.
Habersham went to the line late in quarter three and was able to get a rebound and two more points after a missed free throw.
Coach Michael Parker called a timeout with the team down 15.
The Tigers had a couple of runs off a Chase Walls three and a Keller steal that he converted for two, but the Raiders proved too much for the Dawson JV squad.
The team will play on Jan. 6 at East Hall.