Dawson roundballers advance to region quarterfinals

PEARLAND — There is only one area basketball team still standing in the playoffs and that is the Dawson Eagles. With their average margin of victory only three points in two games, head coach Mark Barre would like to see a little more room on the scoreboard.

The Eagles got their biggest test on Tuesday (late) against the No. 5 state-ranked Clear Creek Wildcats in the Class 6A Region III quarterfinals.

Dawson opened up bi-district with a 61-58 victory over the La Porte Bulldogs.

With only five seconds left in the contest, Dawson's Randy Dobbs made two clutch free throws to give the Eagles a 61-56 lead to clinch the win.

La Porte's Alex Hobbs almost single-handedly beat the Eagles with his 33-point performance.

Three players were the leading scorers for Dawson that totaled 33 points including Jules Moor (12), Randy Dobbs (11), and CJ Simmons (10).

Dawson opened up the first quarter by taking a 20-15 lead. The Eagles extended the margin to 18-10 for a comfortable 38-25 advantage at intermission.

Both teams battled to an 11-11 tie at the end of three leaving Dawson with a 49-36 cushion entering the final eight minutes.

That's when La Porte's Hobbs caught fire on offense scoring 18 of his 33 points in the final frame.

With Dawson leading 51-36, the Bulldogs went on an 11-0 run to trim the lead to 51-47 with 3:30 to play.

A basket by Jules Moor and two free throws by Simmons gave the Eagles a little breathing room 55-47.

But Hobbs once again connected on a 3-pointer and then hit another while being fouled for a four-point play cutting the score to 57-54 with 1:40 showing on the game clock.

Hobbs was fouled again, but missed both free shots leaving the Eagles clinging to a three-point lead with just over a minute remaining in the game.

La Porte was forced to foul Jordan Lewis who made only one of two free throws making the score 58-54.

Hobbs drilled another basket to cut the score to 58-56 with 30 seconds left.

The Bulldogs fouled Moor who made only one of two free throws giving Dawson a 59-56 lead.

That's when Dobbs sealed the victory with two free throws to make the score 61-56. La Porte scored a harmless basket as time expired make the final 61-58 in favor of the Eagles and sending them to the area round of the post-season.

Dawson 52 - FB Clements 49

For the second consecutive playoff game, Dawson got a three-point victory in the area round of the playoffs. This time it took double overtime for the Eagles to pull out a 52-49 win over Fort Bend Clements.

The Eagles (30-5) had to outscored the Rangers, 10-7, in the fourth quarter to force the first overtime at 42-42. The teams each scored five points in the extra period for a 47-47- score.    

Dawson then won the second OT, 5-2, to advance to the region quarterfinals.
Jordan Lewis, C.J. Simmons, Randy Dobbs and Paul Taulton each made key free throws to help the Eagles secure the win.

Lewis led Dawson with 14 points while Taulton and Simmons each scored 10.

The Eagles faced Clear Creek on Tuesday night (late) who also went into overtime before defeating defending state champion Galena Park North Shore, 68-65.