This past Wednesday, the Fannin County Rebels traveled to Dawson County to take on the Tigers for the first round of their region tournament. Fannin looked to redeem themselves from the first time they played the Tigers and endured a 71-36 loss.
The Tigers started off with the ball where they wasted no time to put it into action. Dawson was on fire with their outside shots as they racked up points and kept Fannin from scoring with their solid defense. Overall, the Tigers made twelve of their three point shots for the night while Fannin made five. Rebel, Joel Kinser, made his way from downlow to make a three for the night and led his team in scoring for the night with eleven points. The Tigers continued to advance their lead as they held Fannin 23-1 to end the first quarter.
The Tigers did not let up on defense to start off the second quarter. They continued to full court press the Rebels to make it hard for them to get to their basket. While the Rebels had trouble driving the lane, they had better luck with three point shots. Rebels, Brady Martin and Chandler Kendall, each added a three pointer to Fannin’s score for the night while Martin pulled up for another jump shot to contribute two more points on the board. Chase Culpepper took it up a notch as he was on fire above the key with eight points overall, six being from three point shots. Although the Rebels began to get into their rhythm, Dawson continued to add onto their score and went into halftime with a score of 48-10.
Andre Bivens started off the third quarter driving through Dawson’s heavy defense to add two points to Fannin’s score. The Rebels found a new method of scoring as they made great passes inside to their posts. Jalen Ingram had moves on the block where he contributed two points to the Rebels score. Zach Jones showed hustle as he saved the ball from going out of bounds and passed it to Nathaniel Garrison who scored a basket down low. Garrison pushed his way to the basket where he added seven points to Fannin’s score. The Tigers kept making their way to the basket as they closed out the third quarter with a score of 70-27.
With Dawson being over thirty points ahead, the time on the clock went from eight minutes to six. The Tigers continued to add onto their score as they kept Fannin from their basket, resulting in Dawson to walk away with a 81-38 victory over the Rebels to end their season. Fannin’s loss put their overall record at 3-23 and their region record at 0-13.