Dawson continues to dominate Pearland in boys hoops


PEARLAND — Pearland boys basketball had their best start at 20-4 in recent memory and head coach Steve Buckelew felt he had his best team to ever face the rivalry between Pearland's cousin Dawson. The Oilers entered the district showdown with a sparkling 13-game winning streak.

Entering into last week's fray against the Eagles, Buckelew had never beaten his former assistant coach of 10 years, Mark Barre who took over the Dawson basketball program when the school opened in 2007.

The first year of varsity competition for Dawson was 2008-2009 in Class 4A. Entering the 2016-2017 season, Barre has put together an impressive 199-92 mark with his 2011-12 and 2014-15 teams registering 30 win seasons with only five and six losses respectively. Barre now has over 200 wins at Dawson.

For the past five years, the Dawson roundballers have either won or shared the district championship. They have won three outright while sharing two titles. They are favored to win the 23-6A title this year and they are on the path to conquer that goal.

Dawson stayed unbeaten in district after taking a hard-fought 57-52 victory. Dawson is now 5-0 over their cross-town cousins.

The Eagles came out strong against the Oilers in establishing the momentum on their home court.

Dawson jumped out to a 13-7 first quarter lead and then opened up the second period with an 8-0 run to take a 21-7 advantage before Pearland could get their offensive feet under them.

The Oilers rallied to go on a 10-4 run making the score 25-17 at halftime in favor of Dawson.

Pearland continued to grab the momentum beginning the second half as they eventually took a 35-34 third quarter after outscoring the Eagles 18-9 with 2:19 left in the third.

That's when the Oilers went flat and watched Dawson go on a 9-0 run as Karl Nicholas connected on three baskets and Andrew Eberhardt fired in a 3-point at the buzzer to give the Eagles a 43-35 advantage entering the final eight minutes.

After Dawson built a 51-39 lead with 3:52 left in the fourth quarter, Pearland took back the momentum with a 13-4 run to close the gap to 55-52 with 26 seconds left in the game.

Pearland had to foul and Dawson sank 2-of-4 free throws to make the score 57-52, but the Oilers were unable to connect on any of their 3-point attempts as the clock ran out leaving the Eagles unbeaten against Pearland.

"We did not execute our game plan," Buckelew said. "Give Dawson credit -- they did what they had to do to win at home. But we are a better team than that. We just didn't show up."

This was Pearland's first district loss as they drop to 3-1 while Dawson improves to 3-0.

"They've got a bunch of guys who can get hot, and when do, it's contagious," Barre said. "We just told our guys the same thing we always tell them: get one stop and they try to score on offense.

"Every game in this district is a grind. There's nobody who you can just show up against and it's a win."

Dawson will travel to Alief Hastings on Friday, Jan. 20 at 7:00 p.m. with a bye on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Pearland will have a bye on Friday, Jan. 20 and then travel to Alief Elsik on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 7:00 p.m.


IN OTHER DISTRICT ACTION

Dawson 54 - Alief Elsik 37

The Dawson Eagles remained undefeated in District 23-6A action when they beat the Alief Elsik Rams.

Dawson took the first quarter 10-8 and stretched their lead with a 16-11 second period for a 26-19 lead at intermission.

The Eagles continued to build on their lead 13-10 after three quarters and then sealed the game in the fourth 15-8 for the 54-37 victory.

Dawson is now 17-6 overall and 4-0 in league play.