Dawson moves past Pearland 55-46

PEARLAND — As expected, when Dawson and Pearland face one another, the game will be a battle down to the end.

What adds to the intensity of the contest is that Dawson head coach Mark Barré, who served as an assistant for eight years under Pearland head coach Steve Buckelew, becomes pupil versus mentor.

The pupil already beat the mentor in the first round of district play 59-45 and Pearland needed a win in the second showdown to keep their playoff hopes alive while Dawson is on their way to move on in the post-season.

The game was a see-saw battle with Dawson taking the first quarter 12-8 and Pearland taking the second period 15-9 giving the Oilers a slim 23-21 lead at intermission.

The Eagles looked like they were going to take control of the game in the first half after building a 17-10 lead in the second quarter before Pearland went on a 10-0.

Dawson built a 34-28 lead after the third quarter.

The Eagles went on a 16-10 run making the score 50-38 after a 10-0 run by Dawson after Pearland had narrowed the game to 40-38 with a little over five minutes left to go in the game.

Dawson was sparked by a full-court pass to Jules Moor who made the layup and was also fouled. After making the free throw, the Eagles used the momentum to move past the Oilers down the stretch.

Dawson's Karl Nicholas was instrumental in sparking the surge by the Eagles as he scored seven straight points to give Dawson a 52-41 lead with 2:14 left in the game.

"We just struggled scoring in the second half,” Buckelew said. “ Dawson plays great defense, and they’re so big inside.

“I thought we did a good job for 2 ½ quarters. Against these upper-echelon teams, you have to close it out, and we haven’t done that several times.

“Our backs are to the wall now, and we just have to go out and try to win games and see what happens.”

"Pearland had us out of kilter with everything they were doing,” Barré said. “It doesn’t matter what the records are, it’s Pearland and they’re always going to be tough.

“Steve’s awesome. I remember walking in this gym 17 years ago interviewing, and it seems like yesterday. His teams are always tough, and always ready to play.”

Javen Hadgeman led the Oilers in scoring with 14 points.

Dawson was led by the trio of Braxton Loving, Carl Nicholas, and Phillip Prater who all scored 10 points each.

The Oilers have their back against the wall at 6-6 in district play with four games to go. Pearland cannot afford to lose another game as they must win all four games to have any hope of extending their season.

Meanwhile, Dawson improves to 11-1 and their hopes are still alive in defending their district title when they face undefeated and league-leading South Houston (12-0) on Friday, Feb. 12 at South Houston.

South Houston 54 - Pearland 47

Pearland traveled to South Houston needing a clutch win over the South Houston Trojans (10-0) who are still undefeated in 22-6A action while the Oilers are trying to keep their playoff hopes alive at 6-4.

The Oilers got a strong first quarter to lead 13-11 behind the shooing of Kristen White who had six points including a 3-pointer and Michael Guillory who added five points.

But the Trojans rallied in the second quarter to outscore the Oilers 15-10 for a 26-23 halftime lead.

The second quarter was more like a free throw shooting contest as South Houston hit 9-of-12 while Pearland hit 6-of-9.

The game remained close as the Trojans edged the Oilers 10-7 sending the game into the fourth quarter with South Houston hanging on to a 36-30 lead.

South Houston outscored the Oilers 18-17 in the fourth while using the free throw line to keep Pearland at a distance hitting 8-of-12.

Guillory led the offense with 13 points while John Deterville added12 points.

Pearland will host Sam Rayburn on Friday, Feb. 5 a 7:00 p.m. The Oilers will travel to face Pasadena Memorial on Tuesday, Feb. 9 and then will host Manvel on Tuesday, Feb. 16 in the regular season finale. The Oilers must win all remaining game to have hope of the post-season.

Dawson runs past Pasadena Memorial 63-41

The Dawson Eagles kept their hopes alive to defend their district title with a 63-41 victory over Pasadena Memorial.

Dawson used a 24-5 advantage in the second quarter to overcome an early deficit.

The Eagles trailed 18-10 after one quarter before bouncing back to claim a 34-23 halftime lead. Dawson then held Memorial to just 18 second-half points in cruising to the win.

Dawson outscored Memorial 13-11 in the third and closed out the Mavericks 16-7 in the final stanza to the 22-point win.

Jules Moore led Dawson with 17 points and Braxton Lovings scored 10.

Dawson will travel face Dobie on Friday, Feb. 5 and will host Pasadena on Tuesday, Feb. 9 before the district showdown at South Houston on Friday, Feb. 12.