Dawson runs past North Shore 65-46

PEARLAND — The way a team starts is not necessarily the way the game is going to end.

North Shore jumped on Dawson in the area-round contest of the Class 6A Region III playoffs 12-2 midway through the opening period before Dawson head coach Mark Barre called a timeout.

"I told our guys 'Do y'all want to play another game?' If things don't change, we're not going to play again," Barre said. "We engaged, defensively, after that and played well, but we certainly didn't start well."

The Eagles gathered themselves the rest of the period to forge a 17-17 tie at the end of the opening eight minutes of action.

Dawson (26-7) went on a 5-0 run to open up the second quarter for a 23-17 advantage before closing out the first half with the Mustangs 8-8 for a 31-25 lead at intermission.

The Eagles saw a suffocating defense take control early in the second half for a 5-0 run and a 36-25 advantage.

North Shore (19-13) couldn't mount any offensive charge the rest of the game as they only scored 29 points in the final three quarters.

Dawson took advantage at the free throw line going 14-of-20 in the final stanza while getting three earth-shaking dunks to make their point in the 65-46 victory.

"We spread it out with six minutes to go," Barre said. "We were in the double-bonus at that point, and I told our coaches I was going to spread it.

"I didn't feel that North Shore could guard us out front. It was just a matter of making free throws, and 14-of-20 isn't bad."

Karl Nicholas and Jules Moor provided the crowd-pleasing slams while the free throws sealed the win.

Moor finished the game with 26 points while Nicholas added 17 to pace the offense.

"North Shore is athletic as heck," Barre said. "You have to come after those guys. I felt really good about how we played."

Dawson played the Kingwood Mustangs (late) on Tuesday night in the regional quarterfinals.