GOING TO THE BASKET - Dawson's Jordan Marshall (14) drives to the basket for a shot against Alief Elsik.Marshall scored 11 points for the Eagles, but Elsik managed to edge Dawson 38-36 in a district contest. (Photo by Dr. David Davis)
PEARLAND DAWSON — The way Dawson started the game against district rival Alief Elsik was not what head coach Mark Barre had in mind.
Elsik got the opening tipoff and went on a 11-0 run before Dawson finally found the basket with 2:46 left in the opening period. The Eagles did cut the margin to 14-6 at the end of the quarter.
Dawson finally found some defense in the second quarter to outscore the Rams 7-5 as Dawson's Jordan Marshall scored four points making the score at intermission 19-13 in favor of Elsik.
The defense for the Eagles came out strong in the second half limiting the Rams to only four points by one player while Dawson's offense doubled Elsik with eight points to cut the lead to 23-21 heading into the fourth quarter.
The final period became a real battle as the Eagles cut the margin to 34-32 with 1:37 left in the game on two free throws by Brandon Mwanda.
After Elsik missed on their next offensive possession, Marshall was fouled by the Rams and stepped up to the charity stripe to can two free throws to tie up the game at 34-34 with 59.4 seconds left in the game.
Both teams traded baskets to tie up the game at 36-36 with 19.1 seconds remaining in the game.
Elsik worked the ball for the final shot and hit a short jump shot for a 38-36 lead with 2.9 seconds showing on the game clock.
After a Dawson time out, the Eagles threw the ball inbounds but were unable to get off a shot to take the 38-36 league loss.
Dawson is now 18-7 overall and 5-2 in district action. The Eagles lost to Alief Taylor a week ago.
The Eagles have won eight straight league championships and are certainly favored to win another this year as the team to beat in 23-6A.
Lorenzo Waddy led the Eagles on offense with 12 points while Marshall tossed in 11 and Mwamba added eight points.
Dawson had an exceptional night at the free throw line hitting 12-of-15 shots that helped keep them in the game.
The Eagles (5-2) will travel to face cross-town cousin Pearland (4-3) on Friday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m. in a critical district game.