RABBITTOWN – It was a typical Region 7-3A fight Tuesday night in Valhalla.
With both Dawson and East Hall fighting for sole possession of second place in the region, the Tigers rallied in the fourth quarter to knock off the Vikings, 86-74.
Dawson’s Jasper Gibson scored a game-high 30 points and was 17-for-18 from the foul line.
Both Ahmad Kamara and Luke Chism turned in double-double performances. Kamara netted 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Chism scored 13 points and 11 boards. Campbell Reed was hot from 3-point land in the first half, scoring 15 of his 17 points from the arc.
Kylan Curry led the Vikings with 21 points.
Dawson led 22-14 after the first quarter and pushed the lead to 10 points by the half, 44-34, but the Vikings mounted a comeback in the third quarter.
The Vikings opened the quarter on a 12-5 run to cut the Tiger lead 49-47 with 3:43 to go. After the two traded baskets, Mon Prather’s 3-pointer with 2:55 left in the quarter gave the Vikings their first lead, 55-54.
The two region foes traded the lead two more times before East Hall ended the quarter up 62-61.
The fourth quarter saw two lead changes and two ties before Dawson took control for good. The Tigers pushed the lead up to 11 points off shots from Chism, Kamara and Gibson.
Irme Earls finished with 13 points and Jay Rucker had 10.
Dawson County (15-3, 5-1) will travel to Fannin County Friday. Game time is 8:30 p.m.
East Hall (9-10, 4-2) will host North Hall Friday. Tip is 8:30 p.m.
TALLULAH FALLS 48
Adam Cottrell scored 19 points and dished out 5 assists to lead the Lakeview Lions past Tallulah Falls Tuesday night on the road.
Blake McIntyre added 9 points and 6 assists. Arturo Varela scored 8 points, while KJ Millwood added 7 points and 8 rebounds.
The Lions (11-5, 2-0) will travel to Commerce Friday. Game time is 8:30 p.m.
BANKS COUNTY 55
UNION COUNTY 54
Banks County rallied to beat Union County on the road Tuesday night in Blairsville.
Carl Cleveland scored 20 points and had 9 rebounds to lead the Leopards.
Down 43-38 going to the fourth quarter, the Leopards outscored Union 14-2 to take the Region 8-2A win.
Pierce Martin poured in 18 points, Garrett Presley had 7, and Clay Gosnell and Dakota Orr scored 2 points each. Wes Ledford had 1.
LANIER CHRISTIAN 70
KILLIAN HILLS 55
Joseph Edwards scored 18 points and Tommy Wandrum had 14 to lead Lanier Christian Academy past Killian Hills Tuesday night at home.
The Lightning blew past Killian Hills in the second quarter, taking a 36-16 lead at the half. The first half set the pace and led to the win.
Asher Weiner scored 10 points, Justin Wade and Thomas Avery had 8 points each, and Alec Hughes and Samuel Collins hit for 6 each.
LCA (8-4, 2-1) will host Praise Academy Friday. Game time is 7 p.m.
BLESSED TRINITY 49
WEST HALL 41 OT
West Hall gave it everything in a loss to Blessed Trinity Tuesday night on the road.
After trailing 39-19 at the half, the Spartans outscored BT 22-9 to tie the game by the end of regulation.
Canaan Koger, Hunter Rainey, and Devon Williams led the comeback with key defensive stops and rebounds.
Sawyer Passmore's steal and bucket tied the game at 39-39. The Spartans had a shot to win the game in regulation when they forced a turnover and missed the basket with 3.7 seconds left.
Blessed Trinity outscored West Hall 10-2 in overtime to seal the game.
Sawyer Passmore led the Spartans with 16 points.