Dawson slips past Pearland in double OT

PEARLAND — When Dawson and Pearland faced one another in the second round of District 22-6A action, one team was fighting to stay atop the league leaderboard and the other was trying to stay alive to make the playoffs.

Dawson entered the contest tied for the district lead with Manvel while Pearland was trying to stay in the playoff hunt.

In the end, the Eagles escaped with a 46-42 win, but it took double overtime to decide a winner.

It would later be revealed that Manvel lost to South Houston, so the Eagles are now in first place alone at 11-1.

The loss drops Pearland to 5-6 and they need to win out to have any chance to continue their season.

Both teams battled in the opening quarter as Pearland built a 6-3 lead, but saw Dawson go on a 6-0 run too make the score 9-6. The first period ended with Dawson clinging to a 12-10 advantage.

The two teams finished tied at 7-7 in the second quarter giving Dawson a 19-17 lead at intermission.

When looking at the first half, the Eagles, led by Randy Dobbs, controlled the boards and should have had a much larger lead. But the Eagles struggled to score in the paint missing countess shots under the basket.

Free throws also became an issue for Dawson in the second half who could have put the game away in regulation.

The Oilers came out strong in the third quarter to take a 29-28 lead entering the final period.

Pearland was trailing the Eagles 28-24 with less than two minutes left in the quarter when freshman guard Ajare Sanni hit two key baskets including a 3-pointer with just a few second left.

Pearland didn't make a basket in the final period as they scored six points from the charity stripe. Shohn Dixon was 2-for-4 from the line while Sanni was 4-of-6.

Meanwhile, Dawson got a clutch 3-pointer from senior Jordan Lewis and two baskets from Paul Taulton and Dobbs leaving the score tied at 35-35 at the end of regulation.

It was a tight battle in the first OT as both teams scored seven points at the end of the four minute extra period.

Sanni it a 3-pointer while Dixon hit a pair of free throws and John Deterville added a short jumper.

Dawson got their seven points on a free throws from Lewis, Daniel Walters and Dobbs with another basket from Taulton.

The Eagles had a chance to put the game away, but they were only 5-of-11 from the free throw line leaving the score still tied at 42-42.

The second overtime belonged to the Eagles as Walters stepped up in the clutch to hit 4-of-4 free throws while the Oilers didn't score.

Dawson head coach Mark Barre used a delay strategy that worked to perfection.

The Eagles held the ball until Pearland was forced to foul, and each time they fouled Walters who calmly stepped to the line and hit the pressure shots. Then the Eagles controlled the boards when the Oilers missed their shot on offense setting up the delay game by Dawson.

Dawson will face a tough Pasadena Dobie team that upset Manvel last week. The Eagles host the Longhorns on Friday, Feb. 6 at 7:00 p.m.

Pearland will travel to play Sam Rayburn on Friday, Feb. 6 at 7:00 p.m.