Dawson tops Manvel and Dobie for district title

PEARLAND — The Dawson Eagles had a two-game lead for the District 22-6A title and needed two more victories to secure the No. 1 seed for the playoffs and the league crown.

Dawson head coach Mark Barre saw his roundballers do both in convincing fashion. The Eagles (26-5, 13-1) have only two more regular season game remaining  with Pasadena and South Houston. Dawson played Pasadena on Tuesday (late) and will host the Trojans this Friday, Feb. 13 at 7:00 p.m. 

"I was really proud of the way our guys took care of business," Barre said.

Facing Manvel was the more critical win as the Eagles lost to the Mavs in the first round. 

But Manvel has been on a major slide as they have lost three of the last four games after going 8-0 in district in the first round.

Manvel took a first quarter lead 8-6, but the Eagles responded with a 21-8 second quarter sparked by 10 points by C.J. Simmons and Jordan Lewis' nine points including two 3-pointers.

That gave Dawson a 27-16 halftime lead.

But the Mavs weren't going to go away as they came charging back to open up the third quarter with a 12-2 run leaving Dawson clinging to a 29-28 lead.

Dawson scored eight more points in the period for a 37-28 lead entering the final frame.

Both teams battled in the closing quarter with Dawson finally putting the Mavs away with a 22-16 quarter and a 59-44 victory.

Simmons scored a game-high 16 points and Lewis added 15. The Eagles were 9-of-13 from the free throw line in the final quarter while scoring five baskets and one 3-pointer for the winning edge.

Dawson put away Pasadena Dobie 73-50 on Friday to clinch the No. 1 seed in the playoffs and the District 22-6A crown.

The Eagles (26-5, 13-1) led just 13-10 after the first quarter but used a 24-point second period to open a 37-21 halftime lead.