It didn’t come easy, but the Tigers (21-2; 10-0 in 7-AAA) got it done with a 55-47 win over the Indians on Friday night in Dawsonville in the Ford Phillips Center to remain unbeaten in region play. Rivals Lumpkin (8-15; 4-7) gave the #2-ranked Tigers all they could handle, even holding a brief lead in the third quarter.
However, it was Campbell Reed’s historic night that paved the way to victory, as the senior nailed 7 3-pointers as part of 27 points. A clutch splash from deep in the third quarter also got him to 1,000 career points, as Dawson County took a quick timeout to acknowledge the feat.
Neither team could get much going in the first, as the game was scoreless until about 5 minutes left. Reed made good on two 3-pointers, as the Tigers held a slim 11-10 lead going into the second.
The defensive battle continued, and entering the break only 3 players on each team had tallied any points, and Dawson star guard Jasper Gibson had none by the break. Still, Dawson led 22-21.
The sides traded baskets in the third, but things got tense when a Jacob Cumbie layup gave the Indians a 28-27 lead momentarily. It wouldn’t last long, as the Tigers reclaimed the lead and outscored Lumpkin 22-19 in the final quarter to seal the win.
Dawson’s points came primarily on the deep ball, as Reed had 7 triples, and Mason Barnes, who scored 16 points on the night, had 4 3-pointers, and Eli Burruss (5 points) had one. The only other Tigers to score were Gibson, who finished with 5 points, and Bryson Broadway with two. Reed’s 11-point first half paled in comparison to his 16-point second half. Barnes accounted for 10 points in the final two quarters as well.
For the Indians, Brian Cunane led the way with 16 points, scoring 8 in both halves. Cumbie, Chandler Pulley, and Peyton Polk all had 9 apiece, and Gus Faulkner rounded out the scoring with 4 points. Lumpkin had 6 3-pointers to the 12 by Dawson.
Digital Copy of Highlights – Dawson vs Lumpkin boys
Digital Copy of Highlights - Dawson vs Lumpkin boys