Dawson slips past Pearland in cross-town battle

PEARLAND — Back during football season, the first-ever meeting between the Pearland Oilers and the Dawson Eagles took place with the Oilers barely getting by with a 15-6 victory.

This school year will continue to see the two schools meet in various sports and last week, the Oilers and the Eagles faced one another on the hardwood for the first time.

As it was in football when longtime friends and head coaches Tony Heath and Eric Wells had to face one another, the same was true when Pearland head basketball coach Steve Buckelew and Dawson head basketball coach Mark Barre were sitting on opposite benches for the first time.

It was teacher versus pupil as Barre was Buckelew's top assistant for 10 years at Pearland High School.

This time, it was the pupil who led his team past his mentor as the Eagles slipped past the Oilers 47-40.  But it was a close game as expected.

The philosophy is a little different as Buckelew has always been known for being a very defensive-minded coach while Barre, who still believes in the defensive approach, has always had his teams with a run-and-gun mentality that scores a lot of points.

Dawson won the first-ever meeting 47-40 in the first-round of District 22-6A action at Pearland High School.

The Eagles held a slim 13-11 lead after one quarter and increased the margin to 25-21 at intermission by outscoring the home team 12-10.

The Oilers weren't going to go away as they outscored Dawson 12-10 to tie up the game at 33-33 entering the final frame.

However, Dawson proved to be too much down the final eight minutes outscoring the Oilers 14-7 giving them the hard-fought win.

The win kept Dawson (14-3) undefeated in the district standings at 4-0 while Pearland falls to 1-3.

C.J. Simmons led Dawson with 15 points and Jordan Lewis scored 11. Ryan Richie paced the Oilers with 14 points while John Deterville scored 10.