Late rally sends Dawson past Alief Taylor in district clash

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Senior Jaden Miller launches a long-range shot against Alief Taylor. Miller scored eight points, five assists, and two steals in the district contest.

Dawson rallied to get a 39-37 win over the Lions. Dawson will host the Pearland Oilers on Wednesday, January 11 at 7:00 p.m. in a crucial district contest.

DAWSON — With only 17 seconds remaining in the game between Dawson and Alief Taylor, things didn't look so good for the Eagles, who are the top-ranked team in the Houston area.

But a lot of things can happen with so little time as Dawson proved against the Lions.

Taylor was leading 37-33, with 29 seconds left after a goaltending call committed by Dawson on Taylor's Jonathan Smith's shot in the lane.

The Lions' fouled Dawson's Devan Brown on a 3-point attempt with 16.9 seconds showing, and the 6-3 freshman made each attempt for a 37-36 score.

Taylor then made an ill-advised inbounds throw, and Dawson's Keshawn Cotton came up with the steal. He threw the ball to Brown, who fed senior guard Jaden Miller under the basket for a 38-37 Eagles lead with 7.9 seconds remaining.

The Lions quickly tried to move the ball down court, but Terrien Porter lost the ball off his leg with 1.6 seconds left.

Dawson then fired a long inbounds pass to Kendrick Bailey, who was fouled with eight-tenths of a second left.

Bailey made one of two free throws to put the finishing touches on a game which, for the most part, was owned by Taylor.

Dawson won the game 39-37.

"They deserved that game more than we ever deserved it," Dawson head coach Mark Barre said. "They played better than us for 31 ½ minutes. We couldn't make shots, we kept making turnovers, and we couldn't get a rebound."

"You have to play one possession at a time. You can't ever stop coaching, and you can't ever stop playing. You just keep competing because you never know what's going to happen."

Dawson (19-4, 3-0) stays at the top of the 23-6A standings while Taylor fell to 10-10 and 1-1.

Senior Kendrick Bailey led all Dawson scorers with 10 points while senior Jaden Miller tossed in eight points.

Junior Charles Anderson grabbed seven rebounds while Keshawn Cotton grabbed five boards.

The Eagles hit 6-of-23 three-pointers and were 7-of-14 from the free throw line.

Dawson will host the Pearland Oilers on Wednesday, January 11 at 7:00 p.m. in a critical league contest between the cross-town cousins.

Dawson won another close game against Strake Jesuit 57-54 to stay undefeated in district play. There wasn't any other available information for the game.