Dawson remains atop 23-6A leaderboard

PEARLAND — It wasn't pretty, but head coach Mark Barre saw his hard-court warriors change a lackluster first half into a district win over the Alief Taylor Lions 49-37 to stay atop the 23-6A leaderboard at 4-0.

"Those nine turnovers in the first half...the thing is, if you're really committed to guarding people, hopefully (turnovers) don't kill you, and we were up three at halftime," Barre said.

"That was the big thing in the first half -- to just not give in, defensively. To allow just 37 points to a really athletic and good basketball team. I was pretty happy about that."

Despite the shaky first half, no one could deny the hustle and intensity of the Eagles.

Taylor edged the Eagles in the first quarter 8-6, but Dawson increased their offensive effort in the second period 15-10 as Jules Moor led the charge with six points while Kyle Matthews tossed in five points giving Dawson a 21-18 halftime lead.

After Taylor scored to begin the second half to cut the lead to 21-20, Dawson went on a 6-0 run as Karl Nicholas got a layup and a dunk while Kris Dixon tossed in a short jumper to stretch the lead to 27-20.

Taylor cut the lead to 27-23 and then the Eagles went on an 8-0 run including a 3-pointer from Andrew Eberhardt and another bomb from Dixon to up the lead to 35-23.

Dawson continue their defensive pressure and eventually created a 41-29 lead with 3:35 left in the game.

The Lions made a final run to cut the lead to 43-36 before Dawson got four straight free throws and Nicholas made one last slam dunk to emphasize their 49-37 victory.

Nicholas led the scoring with 14 points while Moor added 10 and Matthews tossed in nine points.

"We played great defense," Barre said. "When you commit to that and rebounding, you can be pretty good."

Dawson 55 - Alief Hastings 36

The Dawson Eagles remained undefeated in 23-6A action after getting a solid 55-36 win over the Alief Hastings Bears to improve to 5-0.

Dawson's offense came out red-hot to take a 19-3 first quarter lead. The suffocating defense also set the tone for the district contest.

Hastings finally showed a little life by taking the second quarter 12-11 leaving the Eagles with a 30-15 lead at intermission.

The Eagles controlled the third quarter 15-10 for a 45-25 advantage entering the final eight minutes.

Hastings nipped Dawson 11-10 in the final frame as the Eagles claimed the 55-36 victory.