Dawson slips past Pearland 41-39

PEARLAND DAWSON — In another tight basketball game between cross-town cousins, the Dawson Eagles (20-8) nipped the Pearland Oilers (18-11) in a District 23-6A showdown 41-39.

Dawson is looking to win their ninth straight district title this year, but they have dropped two district games. Despite the two losses, the Eagles improved to 7-2 in league play.

George Ranch is a game back at 6-3 while Pearland, Alief Elsik, Alief Taylor, and Strake Jesuit are all tied at 5-4.

Pearland took the opening period 10-9 as four players got in the scoring column while Hunter Lacoste pumped in five of Dawson's nine points.

A cold second quarter on offense for the Eagles saw them score only five points while the Oilers scored 13 points led by two 3-pointers by Ethan Flores for a 23-14 halftime advantage.

Dawson came out strong offense to start the second half by outscoring the Oilers 16-7 to knot up the game at 30-30 moving into the fourth frame.

The two teams battled back-and-forth in the fourth quarter when Dawson took a 41-39 lead with only five seconds to go in the contest.

Trailing 39-38, Lorenzo Waddy made a shot on the inside and got fouled. He made the free throw to give the Eagles the 41-39 lead that stood when Pearland shot an air ball on the final heave.

Dawson's Conlie Christmas was the game-high scorer with 15 while Waddy had 10 points.

Flores led Pearland with 11 points.

Dawson will travel to George Ranch on Friday, February 1 at 7:00 p.m. while Pearland will host Strake Jesuit on Friday, February 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Every game is crucial in district at this point of the season for both teams.