Dawson rallies to edge Dobie 59-47

PEARLAND — Dawson head coach Mark Barre was looking for his Eagles to come out of the gate faster than what they did and Pasadena Dobie made Dawson work to get the 59-47 district win to keep them tied atop the league leaderboard at 13-1 with South Houston.

The defending district champs have had an up-and-down season despite suffering only one loss in district.

It took a 13-2 run in the final three minutes for the Eagles to pull out the win against a very good Dobie team that is fighting to stay in the playoff hunt.

The defense took over down the stretch not allowing a field goal against a strong Dobie offense.

One of the weaknesses at times this season has been the inability to hit the key free throws, but Barre saw his roundballers step up in the final minute to hit 5-of-6 clutch free throws to secure the win.

The Longhorns stayed up with the Eagles throughout the game as they took the first quarter 12-11 and the second period 16-14 for a slim 28-25 lead at intermission.

Dawson erupted on offense to begin the second half with a 10-2 run and a 35-30 lead.

Dawson guard Braxton Lovings led the way with seven consecutive points that included a 3-point play, basket, and two free throws.

Another Dawson player that led the charge was Jules Moor who scored five of his 19 points to give the Eagles a 42-37 lead going into the final stanza.

The Eagles outscored the Longhorns 17-9 in the third and 17-10 in the final period.

Karl Nicholas had a monster game with 17 points including three dunks and key rebounds throughout the game. Loving finished with 13.

"Early in the game they were getting offensive rebounds, but in the second half we limited them to one shot most of the time," Barre said.

Dawson will travel to face South Houston on Friday, Feb. 12 in what should prove to be for the District 22-6A crown since both teams are 13-1 and this is the last regular season game for the Eagles. Game time is 7:00 p.m. The game is at South Houston High School.