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Tigers knock off Indians on road
Dawson splits games in region play
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Jeremiah Crumley goes around a Lumpkin defender for a basket during last weeks win on the road. - photo by Kolton Brumbelow for the DCN

The Dawson County Tigers basketball team will be hosting a reverse raffle and auction from 6-9 p.m. on Feb. 4 in the DCHS cafeteria.

Tickets for the event are $50 and will give each participant two catered meals as well as the chance to win $5,000.

To get tickets, contact Coach Pittman at or get in touch with a parent of one of the players.



The Dawson County Tigers boys' basketball team completed the sweep of Dawson teams over Lumpkin County last Friday when they picked up the region overtime win on the road.

The Tigers won 66-58 on Jan. 20.

The win was also Head Coach Chad Pittman's 200th career win.

Pittman said this was like a lot of the games this season, something of a roller coaster ride.

"It was much more exciting than it needed to be but it seems like that's the only way we play," Pittman said.

Coey Watson started the scoring for the Tigers on a drive to the basket after four early misses by the Dawson offense.

Cullen Reed picked up a steal and converted for two to prompt a timeout call by Lumpkin as the Tigers came within three.

In the second quarter, Jeremiah Crumley hit two 3-pointers from down low on the left side and Watson drove to draw a foul and then hit both from the line.

Reed and Ryan Gallenkamp also added second quarter 3-pointers and Gallenkamp converted on an and one.

Reed had 16 points and nine rebounds on the night.

The Tigers held a 6-point lead at half with the score 35-29.

The Indians tied it back up after the half off a couple of steals and baskets down low. A Crumley three put the Tigers back up 40-37 when Dawson called a timeout with 4:44 in the third.

A Joseph Cronan three helped the Tigers maintain a thin lead in the final period before a three by Lumpkin along with a drive and foul would let the Indians back in.

Lumpkin County took a time out with the Tigers down 53-50 and 2:08 in regulation.

"I said, will y'all please listen to me one time," Pittman said. "They are going to drive the basketball and they are going to dump it to No. 23 who is going to be on the opposite side of the basket. Will the offside guy please step over in front of that and let them pass it right to you? They did that and Jeremiah stepped in front and we got the steal."

Reed tied the game again on his three.

The Indians regained the lead at the free throw line and Reed tied it again on a short two before the Indians were called with a charge and the clock would not restart with 4.7 seconds left.

"Joseph [Cronan] had probably the best play he's made all year," Pittman said. "He took a charge with five seconds to go."

Time expired with the score knotted at 55.

In the overtime period, Dawson jumped out right away on a 7-0 run from another Crumley three and a Reed jumper for 2 points as well as a bucket down low.

"You just couldn't be more pleased," Pittman said about the overtime play.

Late free throws by Crumley and Watson after he picked up a steal sealed the win for the Tigers.

Crumely finished with 21 points, five rebounds and five steals.

Watson had 10 assists and crucial free throws.

The team lost at home to the Greater Atlanta Christian Spartans on Jan. 17 by a score of 57-48.

Early in the game, Reed hit two 3-pointers and two from the line to account for 8 of the team's 11 points in the first quarter.

The Spartans' Charlie O'Briant dunked it after a GAC steal and fast break.

Jeremiah Crumley added a three and Crumley struck again from beyond the arc early in the second quarter. Watson added a short jumper for 2.

The Tigers went to half down 32-18.

Crumley was the spark in the third quarter, scoring 12 points on two threes from up top and down low as well as a couple of drives and a put back on a rebound.

Gallenkamp and Watson also added third quarter 3-pointers to cut the lead to seven heading into the final period.

Cronan was called for a foul in the fourth that led to a skirmish on the floor resulting in technical fouls against both teams.

GAC missed both but Dawson was able to pick up one of the two.

The Tigers were able to narrow the gap to 5 points with 1:51 left, but the Spartans were successful from the line.

The Tigers played at home against Fannin County on Jan. 24 but results were not available as of press time.

Dawson County is 9-11 overall and 3-5 in region play.

Dawson County teams will host North Hall for homecoming beginning at 4 p.m. on Jan. 27.

Junior Varsity
The junior varsity boys also got a win against Lumpkin County on the road by a score of 43-39.

"Overall, I couldn't be more pleased with our JV guys," said Coach Michael Parker. "We were 2-7 heading into Friday night's game at Lumpkin. We won that rivalry game on the road and then both tournament games on Saturday for three win sin 22 hours."

In the first weekend of the JV tournament hosted by Dawson County, the Tigers won 67-53 in the opening round over Chestatee.

From the end of the second quarter to the beginning of the third, the Tigers went on a 17-0 run to take control of the game.

"During that run, I could see our guys playing with confidence that we've been trying to instill in them," he said.

Brody Howell had 17 points and Carlos Keller added 13.

The team won in the semifinal game against White County, 54-52 to advance to the championship game on Jan. 28.

After suffering a 51-31 loss to White County earlier this year, Parker said the team was excited for the challenge to play them.

"White County staged a furious rally to close the gap and tie the game at 52 when Eric Pope scored the game-winning basket with 4.1 seconds left," Parker said.

Tate Adkins had 15 points and Will Mulberry another 9.

The team will play against No. 1 seed Gilmer at 4:30 p.m. at DCHS.

The JV team will also play on homecoming night, Jan. 27 against North Hall.