Dawson crowned 23-6A champions with win over Elsik

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Dawson boys basketball team.

Winning or sharing a district championship has been the DNA of the Dawson Eagles boys basketball program that is under the leadership of head coach Mark Barre. The Eagles defeated the Alief Elsik Rams which improved their overall record to 29-5 and 13-1 in district. The 58-46 win gave Dawson the outright District 23-6A crown for the 11th time.

Dawson has either shared or won the title outright 11 out of the past 12 years.

Barre has forged an overall record of 395 wins and 180 losses as the only head coach at Dawson since it opened in 2007.

Dawson took control of the game against Alief Elsik early and the outcome was never in doubt.

The Eagles jumped out to a 15-6 first quarter lead with a strong offensive effort while working a suffocating defense.

Dawson extend the lead in the second quarter 20-10 which gave them a 35-16 lead at intermission.

Elsik attempted a comeback in the third quarter with 16 points while Dawson managed nine points to close the gap to 44-32 heading into the final frame.

Both teams scored 14 points in the fourth quarter leaving the Eagles with the 58-46 district win.

Leading Dawson on offense was Jaden Miller (6 assists, 3 steals) and Larry Lyons who both tossed in 16 points while Kendrick Bailey tossed in 10 points while also grabbing five rebounds and three assists.

The Eagles hit 18-of-27 free throws.

Dawson 53 - Shadow Creek 37

Before the start of the basketball season, the prognosticators thought the battle for the District 23-6A title would be between Dawson and Shadow Creek. While both teams have punched their ticket to the post-season, it would be Dawson who would be crowned as the 23-6A champions.

Dawson has faced Shadow Creek two rounds of district action and have been victorious in both games. The Eagles beat the Sharks 45-36 in the first round and 53-37 last week in the second encounter.

Larry Lyons (16 points, 7 rebounds) and Kendrick Bailey (14 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists) led the Eagles past the Sharks.

Dawson edged Shadow Creek 13-11 in the opening quarter as Lyons led the offensive charge with a pair of field goals and 3-for-3 from the free throw line for seven points.

The Eagles increased the lead with a 20-12 second period as Dawson hit three treys for a 33-23 lead at halftime.

The Eagles continued to control the game with a 13-11 third quarter as Bailey led the offensive charge with a pair of field goals and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe and a 46-34 advantage going into the final frame.

Dawson closed out the district contest 8-4 in the fourth quarter to post the 53-37 final score.

Leading scorer for Shadow Creek was Anthony Duece Williams who tossed in 11 points.

Dawson hit 10-of-12 free throws and 17-of-32 field goals while grabbing a total of 31 rebounds.