Dawson stays atop 23-6A standings with perfect mark

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SHORT JUMPER - Pearland sophomore Ryan Spears (2) hits a short jumper for two of his seven points against Dawson. The Eagles beat the Oilers 47-34 in a 23-6A showdown. (Photo by Lloyd Hendricks)

Dawson passed their toughest test of the opening round of District 23-6A by picking up wins over cross-town cousin Pearland (47-34) and Shadow Creek (44-36) last week to remain unbeaten in league play with a 5-0 record while improving to 22-4 overall.

The Eagles hosted the Pearland Oilers in a battle between the two inner city rivals and despite the Oilers having a down year, Dawson head coach Mark Barre knows that the records don't matter when these two teams square off against one another.

The Dawson gymnasium was packed with Dawson and Pearland supporters and both teams gave it their best effort, but it would be the Eagles who would pull out the 47-34 district win.

Pearland got two 3-pointers from Ryan Spears and Julian Valentine in the opening quarter plus a field goal for eight points, but Dawson was led by freshman Devan Brown (9 points) to give the Eagles a 14-8 advantage.

The Oilers fought back in the second period to outscore the Eagles 11-7 to pull within two points at intermission.

The third quarter belonged to the Eagles who began to pull away as they used a pair of 3-pointers by Jaden Miller and Jaeden Mccleskey to outscored the Oilers 14-8 and a 35-27 advantage heading into the final quarter.

Things didn't go any better in the final frame as the Eagles outscored the Oilers 12-5 for the 47-34 league win.

Dawson was 9-of-10 from the charity stripe while Pearland hit 4-of-10 free throws.

Both teams hit four 3-pointers each.

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EASY BASKET - Dawson senior Larry Lyons scores an easy basket against Pearland as the Eagles won the district clash 47-34. Lyons scored six points as the Eagles improved to 5-0 in district and 21-4 overall as the No. 1 team in the Houston area. (Photo by Lloyd Hendricks)

Charles Anderson paced the scoring for Dawson with 11 points.

Dawson 44 - Shadow Creek 36

Dawson and Shadow Creek shared the District 23-6A title last year so the first game in the first round was an important step in one of these teams winning the league crown this season.

It was clear that one player for Shadow Creek was prepared to lead his team to victory as Shadow Creek's Julian Cullier scored from every spot on the basketball court and the Eagles had no way to stop him. Cullier, a 6-2 sophomore forward, scored six points in the first quarter and added seven more points in the second period which gave him 13 points in the first half.

Shadow Creek (16-8, 4-1) built a 22-18 lead at intermission.

Dawson head coach Mark Barre had to figure out a way to stop Cullier and he decided that the Eagles had to step their defense.

The Eagles pressing defense held Cullier to a 3-point in the third quarter and a trey in the fourth quarter for a game-high 19 points with only six points in the second half.

Meanwhile, the Eagles went on an 11-1 run down the stretch to build a 40-32 lead with 1:51 left in the district contest.

Key players who led the offensive surge was Charles Anderson (2 points), Larry Lyons (2 points), Jaden Miller (4 points), and Keshawn Cottom (5 points) who fired in a 3-pointer with 3:05 left in the fourth frame making the score 38-32.

Cotton then scored inside and was fouled for a 40-32 lead, but couldn't convert the free throw, with 1:51 left.

However, Miller drove in for another layup and Bailey added two free throws to build the lead to 44-34.

Shadow Creek received a couple of baskets inside from 6-4 junior post Kaden Tate in the final 38 seconds, but it wasn't enough to ignite a rally.

Lyons led the Eagles on offense with 16 points.

Dawson was 7-of-10 from the free throw line while Shadow Creek was 4-of-10 from the charity stripe.

The Eagles are now 21-4 overall and 5-0 in league play.