Tigers Hitting Stride As Regular Season Nears Completion [VIDEO]

The Tigers aren’t backing into the region tournament or state playoffs. Rather, Todd Cottrell’s Dawson County (16-6 overall, 7-2 in Region 7-AAA) group are continuing to improve daily and look to peak at the right time.

“I really like how we’re playing right now,” says Cottrell, who’s team is on a 5-game winning streak. “We still have a lot of work to do, to clean up a lot of areas. But we have continuously improved. I like how we’re playing.”

With Cottrell taking over the program in 2020-21, he also had to deal with incoming senior talents like Joakeim Celestin, Max Tierney, Tyler Lane, and Jake Craft. The latter has been blistering hot with 115 points over a 3-game stretch last week in which he drilled 21 3-pointers.

“We’ve had some really good shooters over the years, but Jake’s certainly having a great streak right now,” says Cottrell. “I hope it continues for another month or so, because we’re going to need it. Our team has done a great job of finding a guy who’s hot, and getting him the ball.”

The biggest reason for any early bumps has been so many new guys playing together for the first time. It has taken a bit to get them gelling, and now for opponents, it’s time to be afraid of this team.

“I think we’ve found some things that we can do and that we’re comfortable doing,” says Cottrell. “These guys have been fantastic, they’ve embraced what we’re trying to do. We’re proud of how their chemistry is great, the locker room is great, and a lot guys making sacrifices for the good of the team. We’re in a really good spot right now.”

For the Tigers, there remains just three more games (all region contests) to tune up for the region tournament and eventually the state playoffs. Cottrell feels this group is primed for much more than last season’s disappointing first round exit.

“We still have a lot of things we need to do execution wise,” states Cottrell on what lies ahead the next few games. “We’ve been very fortunate, very blessed, to not have a lot of injuries. Our region has been a lot of fun, and any team can win on any night.”

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