The Dawson County Tigers varsity boys' basketball team opened the season with a win on the road last week at Rabun County.
The Tigers picked up the win on the road, beating Rabun 65-49.
"I was so excited to get the win," said Head Coach Chad Pittman. "We got off to a slow start, but started making shots and controlled the second half which is good."
During the first half of play, the Tigers defense held the Wildcats to only 15 points.
"Wish we could have done that the second half," Pittman said.
Overall he was pleased with the effort.
Jeremiah Crumley had 20 points and five rebounds while Cullen Reed put in 19 points. Reed also pulled down nine rebounds and had seven assists.
The team continued its early stretch of games by heading into play at the North Forsyth Thanksgiving Tournament on Nov. 19.
The Tigers faced a large, athletic John's Creek team.
"They are bigger, faster, stronger," Pittman said.
Despite the size discrepancy, Pittman was happy with the mentality of the team.
"I was so proud we went out and played hard didn't let them intimidate us," he said. "Didn't shoot well early, but the size didn't bother us mentally,"
Dawson lost 58-60 in a contest that went down to the wire.
At one point the Tigers were down 16 points, but didn't relent.
"Shots went in and we picked up the tempo and before we knew it, it was 58-53," Pittman said.
After hitting a three and fouling the Gladiators who missed from the free throw line, Dawson was unable to get a rebound. The Tigers were forced to foul again.
Reed finished the game with 18 points, Crumley with 14 and Joseph Cronan added 13.
"I told the guys after, I don't like losing ever, but the resiliency, heart and pride they showed that last quarter, I was so proud," Pittman said. "They really showed me a lot about their character."
The Tigers faced Northview on Nov. 21 and picked up another win, 53-42. They played St. Pius at 2 p.m. on Nov. 22, but results weren't available as of press time.
After the Thanksgiving break, the team will host their first regular season home game starting with ninth grade at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 against Blessed Trinity.
Middle School basketball
The 7th grade boys' basketball team traveled to Pickens County on Nov. 17 and came away with another big win. The Tigers won 62-29 and are now 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the North Georgia Mountain League.
"We came out with good energy and took a 27-7 lead in the first quarter," said Coach Kevin Grigsby. "The game was never close after that."
Zach Holtzclaw had 24 points, Braedon Hubbard added 12 and Ethan Smith had 12.
The Tigers will face Lumpkin County at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 29 at Dawson County Middle School.