Dawson beats Channelview, falls to Hightower

PEARLAND — The Dawson Eagles won the District 22-6A championship for the second consecutive year and looked to make a deep run in the Class 6A Region III playoffs, but that was cut short by the Hightower Hurricanes in the second round 59-57.

The Eagles took care of business in the bi-district round to open the post-season with a 61-48 romp past the Channelview Falcons.

There really was no question as to the outcome of that contest as Jules Moor led the offensive attack with a game-high 25 points with Karl Nicholas adding 14.

Dawson jumped out to a 13-10 first quarter lead thanks to a 3-pointer and a pair of baskets by Moor.

The Eagles poured in 23 second-quarter points as Nicholas scored scored six points while getting help from five other players who got in on the scoring parade for a lopsided 36-16 halftime lead.

Things slowed down for Dawson on the offensive end in the third quarter as Channelview outscored the Eagles 18-7 to get back into the game at 43-34 entering the final period.

Paul Taulton scored the lone basket for Dawson in the frame while the Eagles used the free throw line to be their main source of offense hitting 5-of-8 from the line.

Head coach Mark Barre saw his hard-court warrior find their scoring touch in the final quarter outscoring the Falcons 18-14 down the stretch with Moor leading the way with 11 point more points

Moor hit 7-of-8 free throws in that stretch and was clutch for the game hitting 12-of-14 overall.

Dawson was 15-of-20 from the line in the second half to get the 61-48 win to advance.

Hightower 59 - Dawson 57

District 23-6A co-champion Hightower overcame a nine-point deficit in the second-half and withstood a late charge by District 22-6A champion Dawson to pull out a 59-57 victory to knock the Eagles out of the playoffs.

Hightower edged Dawson 14-13 in the first quarter, but saw the Eagles outscore the Hurricanes 14-9 in the second to take a 27-23 lead into the dressing room at intermission.

Dawson built a 36-27 advantage in the third quarter as Jules Moor, who scored 17 points, knocked down a 3-pointer giving the Eagles a nine-point lead.

But the Dawson offense would stall as the 'Canes outscored the Eagles 17-6 for the rest of quarter as Dawson had no answer for the up-tempo pace on offense and the suffocating defensive pressure.

Hightower went on a 10-0 run to get a 44-42 lead entering the final quarter.

The lead went back-and-forth as the two teams threw their offensive punches at one another.

But Hightower got a 3-pointer from Kenneth Yarbrough and two more treys from Christian Alaekwe to push the lead to 53-47.

Dawson refused to yield to the 'Canes as they closed within two points three different times on the strength of free throws and drives by senior Trey Barrett.

Hightower's Kaelin Jackson stepped up big down the stretch as he knocked down two clutch free throws and made two defensive steals in the finals 34 seconds to secure the two-point margin of victory.

Dawson had one last chance to tie up the game, but Jackson came up with the steal.

The Eagles finished 25-9 on the season including a 15-1 district mark.

Dawson will lose seniors Paul Taulton, Barrett, Josh Davis, Nosa James, Anthony Johnson, and Randy Dobbs.

But the Eagles have a strong nucleus of players returning that should see them back in the district title hunt next year and in the post-season.